The Floating Snake Cable Stitch

Stitch Description

The floating snake cable stitch creates a fabric with delicate ribs, punctuated by vertical zig zag cables. These “floating snakes” are bordered by columns of twisted stockinette that provide a braided accent. This is a great stitch pattern for large pieces of fabric. Use the floating snake cable in scarves, afghans, and pillows.

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Abbreviations

K
Knit Stitch
P
Purl Stitch
K1 TBL
Knit one Through Back Loop
2/1 RC
2 Over 1 Right Cross – slip 2 sts onto cable needle and hold to back, k1, k2 from cable needle.
1/2 LC
1 Over 2 Left Cross – slip 1 st onto cable needle and hold to front, k2, k1 from cable needle.


Stitch Details

  Skill Level
Intermediate

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 4

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiple of 10 sts + 5

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Cast On: Multiple of 10 sts + 5.

  • Row 1 (Right Side): *p2, k1, p2, k1 tbl, 2/1 RC, k1 tbl; rep from * to last 5 sts, p2, k1, p2.
  • Row 2: *k2, p1, k2, wyif sl 1, p3, wyif sl 1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k2, p1, k2.
  • Row 3:*p2, k1, p2, k1 tbl, 1/2 LC, k1 tbl; rep from * to last 5 sts, p2, k1, p2.
  • Row 4:*k2, p1, k2, wyif sl 1, p3, wyif sl 1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k2, p1, k2.

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

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