Fishtail Cable Stitch

Stitch Description

The Fishtail Cable Stitch pattern looks exactly like it’s name. The fabric creates a column of stacked cables that resemble fishtails. It’s a great accent detail cable for blankets, bags, and sweaters.

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Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
Left Cable Four: sl 1 st on cable needle and hold in front, k3, then k1 from cable needle.
Right Cable Four: sl 3 sts on cable needle and hold in back, k1, then k3 from cable needle.

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 6

  Pattern Repeat 
Panel of 9 stitches

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cable is worked over a panel 9 stitches.

  • 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.

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