Bulbus Cable Stitch

About this Stitch Pattern

This unique cable stitch is made using a double crossed cable. The result is a column of stitches that look like flower bulbs. Not easy to do but looks cool. The bulbus cable stitch is a great accent from sweaters, hats, scarves, or blankets.

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
Cross 6 Left and Right- Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, slip next 2 sts onto 2nd cable needle and hold at front of work, knit next 2sts from left-hand needle then knit the 2 sts from 2nd cable needle, then knit the 2 sts from 1st cable needle.

Stitch Pattern Details

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Stitch Repeat

Worked over 6 sts

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Worked over 6 sts

  • Row 1: (Right Side) Knit.
  • Row 2: Purl.
  • Row 3: C6LR.
  • Row 4: Purl.
  • Row 5: Knit.
  • Row 6: Purl.
  • Row 7: Knit.
  • Row 8: Purl.

Repeat rows 1-8 until you reach your desired length.

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5 thoughts on “Bulbus Cable Stitch

  1. Kristen says:

    I find it hard to knit cable stitches because its so tight. When I try to knit the two stitches after taking the other 4 off, it’s too hard to get my needle into the last two stitches I don’t know if that makes sense to you. It’s hard for me to explain

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      Well there are a few ways to deal with that.

      1. use a bigger needle for the stitches in the cable the row before the twist.

      2. use a knitting needle with a sharper tip

      3. practice knitting looser

      Hope that helps.

  2. bob says:

    Lessee, we have “bulbus” and “bublus”…I think the spelling you’re looking for is “bulbous.” 🙂

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