The basic braid cable is one of the most popular patterns in knitting. It's a great pattern for sweaters or for adding a nice visual detail to a throw blanket. When done correctly, it will look like three cables braided together.
Practice Makes Perfect
This pattern may look intimidating but it's actually pretty easy for anyone to learn. Practicing by knitting sample panels can help knitters learn this pattern. Mastering this basic stitch will move knitters skills from beginner to more advanced. This simple pattern is sure to wow your friends.
How to Knit a Braid Cable
Cable panel is 9 stitches wide on a field of reverse stockinette stitch.
Row 1: Slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold in front. Purl 1, then knit 2 off the cable needle. Slip 1 stitch onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 2 and purl 1 from cable needle. Repeat the front cross.
Row 2: Purl 2, knit 2, purl 4, knit 1.
Row 3: Purl 1. Slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle. Purl 2, knit 2.
Row 4: Purl 2, knit 2, purl 4, knit 1.
Row 5: Cross back as in row 1, then cross front and repeat cross back.
Row 6: Knit 1, purl 4, knit 2, purl 2.
Row 7: Knit 2, purl 2. Slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle. Purl 1.
Row 8: Knit 1, purl 4, knit 2, purl 2.
Repeat these rows for pattern.
To increase the width of the panel, add stitches in reverse stockinette stitch to each side. For instance, you can increase the panel's width to 13 stitches by adding two stitches to each side, purling on the odd numbered rows and knitting on the even rows.
A smaller version of this pattern can be made by reducing the number of cable stitches.