Learn to Knit a Double Cable

It's Easier Than It Sounds

Double Cable pattern
Double Cable worked on 14 stitches (with an extra purl on each side). (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Many knitters assume that cabling is a difficult technique to learn but it's actually much easier than it appears.

Learning to Cable

Cable stitches take their name from the fact that when done correctly they look like cables wound together. The intricate look of the double cable, also known as the horseshoe cable, is the perfect motif for a winter sweater. It's an easy pattern to adapt into any knitting project and is sure to wow your friends.


Cabling requires the use of a cable needle which is much easier to use than it seems. A cable needle is simply a needle used to hold on to slipped stitches so they can be brought forward or backward while knitting.

Once you've mastered the double cable moving on to your first Aran sweater will seem easy. 

This pattern adds bulky texture and warmth to any afghan or garment.   

Double Cable Pattern

Makes a panel of 12 stitches.

Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7: (wrong side) Knit 2, purl 8, knit 2.

Row 2: Purl 2, slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back, knit next 2, then 2 from cable needle, slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front, knit next 2, then 2 from cable needle, purl 2.

Rows 4, 6 and 8: Purl 2, knit 8, purl 2.

Repeat these rows for pattern.

Also Known As ​a Horseshoe Cable.