How to Knit the Celtic Cable | Saxon Braid Stitch Pattern

Today we’re knitting up the Celtic Cable Knit Stitch Pattern!  This intricate design is the beautiful Irish Saxon Braid, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

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KNITTING TECHNIQUES for the Celtic Cable Saxon Stitch Pattern

Slip Knot 
Cast On Long Tail Method 
Knit Stitch 
Purl Stitch 
Bind Off


How to Knit the Celtic Cable | Saxon Braid Stitch Pattern

MATERIALS for the Celtic Cable Saxon Stitch Pattern

• Yarn in any weight, fiber, & color of your choice
• Knitting Needles sized appropriately for your yarn
• Cable Needle
• Scissors
• Tapestry Needle

This sample was created with size 7 US knitting needles and worsted weight Malabrigo Merino worsted weight wool in the color #37 Lettuce.

MAIN CABLE STITCH PATTERN

You may simply knit the cable pattern itself.  The cable edges are beautiful and can be used for a variety of knitting projects, like a coffee cozy or headband!

There are 6 different cable stitches in this pattern.  I have created the pattern with a color coding system to more easily decern them while switching your gaze from the pattern to the Abbreviation Key. Hope it helps!

KNITTING ABBREVIATIONS

BO = Bind Off
CO = Cast On
K = Knit
P = Purl
C4B = Slip 2 Hold Back: Knit 2 + Knit 2 from Cable Needle
C4F = Slip 2 Hold Front: Knit 2 + Knit 2 from Cable Needle
CR3B = Slip 1 Hold Back: Knit 2 + Purl 1 from Cable Needle
CL3F = Slip 2 Hold Front: Purl 1 + Knit 2 from Cable Needle
CR4B = Slip 2 Hold Back: Knit 2 + Purl 2 from Cable Needle
CL4F = Slip 2 Hold Front: Purl 2 + Knit 2 from Cable Needle

Cast On in Multiples 24

Note: For all even rows (2, 4, 6, etc), you’re simply knitting the knits and purling the purls!

Row 1: (P2, C4B, P2) 3 times

Row 2: (K2, P4, K2) 3 times

Row 3: P1, CR3B, (CL4F, CR4B) 2 times, CL3F, P1

Row 4: K1, P2, K3, P4, K4, P4, K3, P2, K1

Row 5: CR3B, P1, (P2, C4F, P2) 2 times, P1, CL3F

Row 6: P2, K4, P4, K4, P4, K4, P2

Row 7: K2, P2, (CR4B, CL4F) 2 times, P2, K2

Row 8: P2, K2, P2, K4, P4, K4, P2, K2, P2

Row 9: (K2, P2) 2x, P2, C4B, P2, (P2, K2) 2 times

Row 10: P2, K2, P2, K2, P8, K2, P2, K2, P2

Row 11: K2, P2, (CL4F, CR4B) 2 times, P2, K2

Row 12: P2, K4, P4, K4, P4, K4, P2

Row 13: CL3F, P1, (P2, C4F, P2) 2 times, P1, CR3B

Row 14: K1, P2, K3, P4, K4, P4, K3, P2, K1

Row 15: P1, CL3F, (CR4B, CL4F) 2 times, CR3B, P1

Row 16: K2, P4, K4, P4, K4, P4, K2

Repeat these 16 Rows until your piece is the length you desire, then Bind Off!

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PATTERN VARIATIONS

MUG COZY

To create this warm mug cozy, simply knit the main cable pattern 3 times, bind off, and tack your edges together with yarn and a tapestry needle.  Total cozy cuteness!

Knit Celtic Cable Mug Cozy

 

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INCLUDE BORDERS

You may wish to add a garter stitch border on the sides for projects like knitted scarves or pillows. To do the same, simply modify your pattern to include as many additional knit stitches on each side as you chose.

For example, if you would like a garter stitch border and a bit of room around the cable, you could:

Cast On 24 + 8

Odd Rows: K2, P2, (CABLE PATTERN), P2, K2

Even Rows:  K4, (CABLE PATTERN), K4

Repeat 16 Rows until your piece is the length you desire, then Bind Off!

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How to Knit the Celtic Cable | Saxon Braid Stitch PatternTWO CABLES WITH BORDERS

CO (24 x 2) + 8 Sts

Odd rows: K2, P2, (Cable Pattern) 2x, P2, K2

Even rows: K4, (Cable Pattern) 2x, K4

Repeat 16 Rows until your piece is the length you desire, then Bind Off!

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