How to Knit the Celtic Cable | Saxon Braid Stitch Pattern
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Today we’re knitting up the Celtic Cable Knit Stitch Pattern!  This intricate design is the beautiful Irish Saxon Braid. I am including the full written pattern, along with the knitting chart, too. Please check out the color-coded knitting chart system I created to help you easily distinguish among the different cable stitches. I hope it helps you knit up this gorgeous cable pattern!


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MATERIALS for the Celtic Cable Saxon Stitch Pattern

MATERIALS How to Knit a Cable Heart | Free Knitting Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit• Yarn in any weight, fiber, & color of your choice
• Knitting Needles sized appropriately for your yarn
• Cable Needle
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Tapestry Needle

I knitted my green cable sample with size 7 US knitting needles and worsted weight Malabrigo Merino worsted weight wool in the color #37 Lettuce.


KNITTING PATTERN for the Celtic Cable

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WRITTEN KNITTING PATTERN FOR CELTIC CABLE

How to Knit the Celtic Cable | Saxon Braid Stitch Pattern

MAIN CABLE STITCH PATTERN

You may simply knit the cable pattern itself. The cabled 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-coded system to more easily discern them while switching your gaze from the pattern to the Abbreviation Key. Hope my color-coded pattern and chart system is helpful to you!


STEP-BY-STEP KNITTING VIDEO FOR CELTIC CABLE


KNITTING TECHNIQUES + ABBREVIATIONS FOR CELTIC CABLE

SLIP KNOT
BO
= Bind Off
CO = Cast On
K = Knit
P = Purl

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C4B = Slip 2 Hold Back: Knit 2 + Knit 2 from Cable Needle
C4F = Slip 2 Hold Front: Knit 2 + 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

CR3B = Slip 1 Hold Back: Knit 2 + Purl 1 from Cable Needle
CL3F = Slip 2 Hold Front: Purl 1 + Knit 2 from Cable Needle

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KNITTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CELTIC CABLE PATTERN

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


CELTIC CABLE MUG COZY PROJECT

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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I hope you are inspired to knit up this Celtic Cable design in your next knitting project. If you’re feeling inspired to knit an even more intricate version of this pattern, check out my new Fancy Celtic Cable Pattern, too!

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