Cable Ribbing Stitch

Stitch Description

The Cable Ribbing Stitch creates a fabric with columns of winding, spiraling ribbing. This pattern can be made with mock cable twist stitches, or with a regular cable cross. By knitting stitches through the back loop, the cable spirals become more defined, with a sharp, crispness not seen in regular ribbing.

It’s an attractive and simple pattern that can be used on its own as an all-over pattern. It can also be used in conjunction with other cable stitches as part of an aran style sweater. The cable ribbing stitch is a great cable stitch for masculine looking hats and scarves.

NOTE: This stitch will not behave like traditional ribbing. It does not have the same kind of horizontal stretch or springiness.

Video Tutorial


Knit Stitch
Purl Stitch
k tbl
Knit Through Back Loop
p tbl
Purl Through Back Loop

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 4

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiple of 5+2

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiple of 5 sts + 2.


  • Row 1 (Wrong Side): K2, *p1 tbl, k1, p1 tbl, k2; rep from *.
  • Row 2: P2, *k1 tbl, p1, k1 tbl, p2; rep from *.
  • Row 3: K2, *p1 tbl, k1, p1 tbl, k2; rep from *.
  • Row 4: P2, *slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k1 tbl, then slip the purl st back to left hand needle and purl it; then k 1 tbl from cable needle, p2; rep from *.

Repeat rows 1-4 until you have reached your desired length.

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