Mock Cable - Knitted Cable Stitch Look

The mock cable stitch is a very simple stitch pattern that will give you a cable stitch look and you won't need to use a cable needle. The nice thing is it's easy.


Mock Cable

Faux cables are a wonderful alternative to knitting cables if you aren't ready to tackle them or you simply want something a little different.

They're 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.

Theres a couple of ways to knit mock cables.  One very simple way is by creating a twisted stitch like the cable stitch pattern above.

Another way is made by slipping a stitch over two or three stitches to create the  knit cable look.

And by making a simple yarn over you'll create a pretty eyelet stitch in the middle of the faux cable.  This cable look is called the eyelet mock cable.


Eyelet Mock Cable

Whichever way you choose to knit these faux cables I think you'll find them much easier and fun to knit.  

Both faux cable stitch patterns are nice and stretchy and create a type of rib stitches.  

You can even 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.

So pull out that ball of yarn and give these faux cable stitches a try. I think you're going to enjoy making these.


Note:  At the bottom of the mock cable pattern I've included a knitting video showing you exactly how to create the twisted stitch for the first pattern.

Mock Cable Stitch Pattern

Mock Cable

Multiple of 4 + 2 sts

If you’d like to try knitting a square you can cast on 6, 10, 14 or 18 stitches.

Row 1 (WS):  K2, *P2, K2, repeat from * across row

Row 2:  P2, *K2tog, leaving both stitches on the left needle. Then knit into first stitch on left needle again and slide both sts off needle, p2 rep from * across (See video below)

Row 3:  K2, *P2, K2, repeat from * to end of row

Row 4:  P2, *K2, P2, repeat from * to end of row

Repeat these 4 rows until desired length.  Bind off on row 4.

***Here's a right twist knitting video showing you how to knit the faux cable***

Right Twist Knitting Video

Eyelet Mock Cable 

Eyelet Mock Cable

Multiples of 5 sts + 2

If you'd like to make a square cast on 7, 12, 17 or 22 stitches

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

yrn = yarn round needle (if yarn is already in front of work, wrap yarn around needle again, leaving it in front of work)

**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.

Here's the eyelet mock stitch 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 faux cable? Great! I found three patterns. 

Mock Cable Knitting Patterns I Found For You

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


Happy Knitting!


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