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How to Knit The 4-Stitch Cable

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latch\xe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the 4 stitch cable. The 4-Stitch cable is a basic cable pattern that will add a nice detail to anything from scarves to sweaters. It is a good stitch for beginners to learn how to cable.

Abbreviation: C4B, C4F

Skill: Intermediate

Cast On: Multiples of 8

For this stitch you will need to know the following techniques:

Knit – k

Purl – p

Cable 4 Back – C4B

Cable 4 Front – C4B


Row 1 (RS): * P2, k4, p2, * rep from *

Row 2: * K2, p4, k2, * rep from *

Row 3: Rep row 1

Row 4: Rep row 2

Row 5: * P2, C4B or C4F, p2, * rep from *

Row 6: Rep row 2

Repeat Rows 1-6 until you have reached your desired length.

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Example of the 4 stitch cable

Example of the 4 stitch cable



  1. barbara chatelain

    May 9, 2013

    hi thx so much for sharing!!! do you have a ”celtic” cable knit st.? i saw it on a traditional n. irish sweater


    June 25, 2013

    I have enjoyed your ideas before glad I found your site again