Cable and Ladder Stitch

About this Stitch Pattern

This knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the cable and ladder stitch. This unique pattern is exactly what its name describes, a cable stitch separated by lace eyelets. The result is a beautiful fabric that can be manly or feminine and is great for scarves, blankets, and sweaters.

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Techniques Used In This Stitch Pattern

Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
Purl 2 Together
Slip Slip Knit
Yarn Over
Cable 6 Front
Cable 6 Back

Stitch Pattern Details

Skill Level


Row Count


Stitch Repeat

Multiples of 14 + 1

Stitch Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiples of 14 + 1

  • Row 1: (wrong side) k1, *p2tog, yo, p 11, k1; rep from * to end.
  • Row 2: k1, *ssk, yo, C6B; k6; rep from * to end.
  • Row 3: k1, *p2tog, yo, p 11, k1; rep from * to end
  • Row 4: k1, *ssk, yo, k12; rep from * to end.
  • Row 5: k1, *p2tog, yo, p 11, k1; rep from * to end.
  • Row 6: k1, *ssk, yo, k3, C6F; k3; rep from * to end.
  • Row 7: k1, *p2tog, yo, p 11, k1; rep from * to end
  • Row 8: k1, *ssk, yo, k12; rep from * to end
  • Repeat rows 1 – 8 until you have reached your desired length.

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Stitch Pattern Characteristics


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15 thoughts on “Cable and Ladder Stitch

  1. Pingback: How to Knit the Cable and Ladder Stitch | Fiber Arts |

  2. says:

    I like the ‘Cable & Ladder” stitch and would make for a very nice lap blanket. Thanks for the directions.

  3. Charlene says:

    Your tutorials are always to easy to see and easy to follow. This one is just as wonderful as usual. Thank you so much for all your hard work.

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      In the list of Techniques Used. They mean Cable 6 Front and Cable 6 Back. We don’t have specific tutorials on these abbreviations because most cable stitches use the same technique, just over a different number of stitches.

      Does that answer your question?

      • Cindy says:

        Yep, thanks. I always have to stop & think whether to hold the stitches to the front or back! Just being lazy & didn’t want to think too much -)

  4. Judy Staroska says:

    I love the new format, however on the video for the Cable and Ladder stitch the written instruction at the top covered what was being done and made it hard to see the actual work being done. I was still easy to follow and all the videos are great.

  5. Rita says:

    Hi Johnny, many thanks for the beautiful stitches all throughout the year. I have made a file and anytime I want a particular stitches with instructions, there it is at the press of the button.
    I am glad that I became a member to your club, so much variety that is available.
    Thank you again from the summery Down Under, (Australia)

  6. says:

    Hello Johnny,

    What a wonderful site……I have referred it to one of my friends who is starting to knit……she loves your videos…..Thank you so much……your instructions are so clear……glad I have found you.

  7. says:

    Love your videos-I have a question about the cable and ladders stitch–on the ssk-is this slip-as if to knit or slip as if to pearl-and does it matter in the pattern–thanks

    • Johnny Vasquez says:

      It is knitwise. By slipping the stitches knitwise you twist them around so they face the other direction. That is why this decrease mirrors a k2tog.

  8. Cheryl Baker says:

    Great tutorials! I learned to knit when I was 9, and have enjoyed the craft for 58 years, interspursed with crocheting, cross-stitch and sewing. I have recently, with the birth of 3 grandchildren, starting knitting again with a passion and am realizing how little I knew about it. I look forward to learning new and beautiful stitches from the tutorials on your website. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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