The mock cable stitch is a very simple stitch pattern that will give you a cable stitch look. It's a wonderful alternative to knitting cables if you aren't ready to tackle them or you simply want something a little different.
Faux cables are also great if you simply want to add some textured stitches to your knitting. And they'll certainly add some eye candy to your knitting projects.
You can knit a faux cable so that it creates a twisted stitch or you can create an eyelet mock cable by slipping a stitch and then passing the slip stitch over two or three stitches to create the knit cable look. You'll also use a yarn over so that you don't decrease any stitches but rather create a pretty eyelet stitch in the middle of the cable.
The nice thing is they're both quite simple to tackle and I think you'll have fun knitting them.
Whichever way you choose to knit these faux cables I think you'll find them much easier and quicker to knit because you don't have to fuss with a cable needle.
Both faux cable stitch patterns I’m showing you are nice and stretchy and you can use these stitch patterns to replace the plain rib stitches on the cuffs and bottoms of sweaters plus they're really pretty as an allover stitch too. You can also use the faux cable for hats, scarves, socks and just about anything. The eyelet cable is fancier and adds a lovely touch of lace to your knitting.
Pull out that ball of yarn and give these faux cable stitches a try. I think you're going to enjoy making these.
At the bottom of the first mock cable pattern I've included a knitting video showing you exactly how to create the twisted stitch for the first pattern.
Multiple of 8 sts
If you’d like to try knitting a square you can cast on 8, 16, 24 or 32 stitches.
Row 1: K3, p2, k3 across row
Row 2: P3, k2, p3 across row
Row 3: Rep row 1
Row 4: *P3, K2tog, leaving both stitches on the left needle. Then knit into first stitch on left needle again and slide both sts off needle, p3 rep from * across (See video below)
Repeat these 4 rows
***Here's a right twist knitting video showing you how to knit the faux cable***
Multiples of 5 sts + 2
If you'd like to make a square cast on 7, 12, 17 or 22 stitches
yrn = yarn round needle - yarn is already in front of work to purl stitches so wrap yarn completely around needle again leaving it in front of work
sl 1 = slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in back of work
psso = pass slipped stitch over the 2 knitted stitches for this pattern. This creates the cable look.
k = knit
p = purl
rep = repeat
**Note** The stitch count doesn't stay the same on every row but don't worry, it'll even out all on it's own. You just need to follow the pattern.
Row 1 (RS): P2, *slip 1, k2, psso , p2; rep from * to end.
Row 2: K2, *p1, yrn, p1, k2; rep from * to end.
Row 3: P2, *k3, p2; rep from * to end.
Row 4: K2, *p3, k2; rep from * to end.
Repeat rows 1 – 4 until you have reached your desired length.
So, do you want to try a knitting pattern using the mock cable? Great! I found three patterns.
Pretty headband pattern designed by Michelle Moriarty
Faux cable scarf designed by Piper's Girls of Piper's Quilts & Comforts
Neckwarmer pattern designed by Sarah Beckman