Branched Cable Stitch

Stitch Description

The branched cable stitch creates a panel of twisted stitches that resemble a row of tree branches. Combining 3 and 4 stitch crossed cables, the change in sizes gives that twig and branch look to the fabric. This pattern also interrupts the cable stitches by transitioning abruptly to reverse stockinette, further implying the tree branch motif. It’s a nice cable panel useful as an accent in everything from scarves to sweater sleeves.

Video Tutorial


Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
2/2 LC
2 over 2 Left Cross (C4F – Cable 4 Front)
1/2 LC
1 over 2 Left Cross (C3L – Cable 3 Left)
 Slip 1 st to cn and hold in front, k2, k1 from cn.
1/2 RC
1 over 2 Right Cross (C3R – Cable 3 Right)
 Slip 2 sts to cn and hold in back, k1, k2 from cn.

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 8

  Pattern Repeat 
Panel of 10 stitches

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Panel of 10sts on a background of reverse stockinette stitch

  • Row 1 (RS): P3, 2/2 LC, p3
  • Row 2: K3, p4, k3
  • Row 3: P2, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p2
  • Row 4: K2, p6, k2
  • Row 5: P1, 1/2 RC, k2, 1/2 LC, p1
  • Row 6: K1, p8, k1
  • Row 7: 1/2 RC, k4, 1/2 LC
  • Row 8: Purl

Repeat these 8 rows until you have reached your desired length.

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