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Horn Cable - How to knit

The Horn Cable is a fairly simple cable stitch that uses two 4-stitch cables to create an interesting fabric. It's worked over a panel of 16 stitches with a background of reverse stockinette. It uses a Cable 4 front and Cable 4 back stitches to creates a dense fabric that would be a lovely stitch pattern to use for a sweater, hat, scarf or a blanket.

There is a chart below for reference, as well as a video link to help you.

Horn Cable knit stitch Pin provided by Handmade by Stacy J
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Materials needed (listed below is what I used to create the sample of the stitch pattern)

Stitches and abbreviations used

K: Knit

P: Purl

PB1: Purl through the back loop

RS: Right side

St(s): Stitch (es)

C4b: Cable 4 back - slip next 2 sts from left hand needle to cable needle, hold to back, k2 from left hand needle, k2 from cable needle

C4f: Cable 4 front - slip next 2 sts from left hand needle to cable needle, hold to front, k2 from left hand needle, k2 from cable needle

WS: Wrong side

X: Times (example: 3x = 3 times)


  • I find it easier to insert stitch markers between panels, so as not to get confused to where the background of reverse stockinette section is

  • To help minimize the gap of the cable, I give a light tug on the stitch afterward to close it up a bit

Directions (worked over panel of 16 sts with background of reverse stockinette). Directions are for the cable panel only.

  • Row 1 (RS): K4, c4b, c4f, k4

  • Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl

  • Row 3: K2, c4b, k4, c4f, k2

  • Row 5: C4b, k8, c4f

  • Row 6: Purl

Repeat rows 1-6 to desired length.

I hope you enjoyed learning this stitch as much as I did. Please tag me @handmadebystacyj when posting on social media - I'd love to see your makes!

💕 Stacy J

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