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How to Knit the Fishtail Cable Stitch

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the fishtail cable stitch. This pattern looks like fishtails that you can make going up or down. It’s great for blankets, bags, and sweaters.

Skill: Intermediate
Cable is worked over 9 stitch on a reverse stockinette background

For this pattern you will need to know the following techniques:
Knit – k
Purl – p
Left Cable 4 – LC4
Right Cable 4 – RC4

Pattern Instructions:

Row 1: K9
Row 2: P9
Row 3: (For tail going down) LC4, k1, RC4 (For tail going up) RC4, k1, LC4
Row 4: P9
Row 5: K9
Row 6: P9

Repeat rows 1 – 6 until you have reached your desired length.

After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

Example of the Fishtail Cable Stitch Right Side
Example of the Fishtail Cable Stitch Right Side (click for larger)

Example of the Fishtail Cable Stitch Wrong Side
Example of the Fishtail Cable Stitch Wrong Side (click for larger)

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Comments

  1. OliviaMenesesMoguel

    June 7, 2012

    I simply love it for a bag! Ty so much.

    • newstitchaday

      June 7, 2012

      @OliviaMenesesMoguel That would be great. I’d love to see a photo of what you come up with.