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! I have created a color-coded system to help you easily distinguish among the different cable stitches. I hope it helps!

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After checking out the knitting pattern, I’m also including Celtic Cable Project ideas in a round-up. You can knit some really beautiful projects with this classic cable stitch.

NEW: If you’re feeling inspired to knit an even more intricate version of this pattern, check out my Fancy Celtic Cable Pattern, too!

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.


KNITTING PATTERN for the Celtic Cable

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WRITTEN KNITTING PATTERN

How to Knit the Celtic Cable | Saxon Braid Stitch Pattern

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-coded system to more easily discern them while switching your gaze from the pattern to the Abbreviation Key. Hope it helps!

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KNITTING TECHNIQUES + ABBREVIATIONS

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

WATCH VIDEO ABOVE FOR HELP WITH THESE CABLE STITCHES

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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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!


KNITTING CHART

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MORE CABLE KNIT STITCH PATTERNS

If you love knitting up cable patterns, you’ll love my entire collection of stitches.

Take a look at my most popular cable patterns: Heart, Honeycomb, and the Lattice Cable Stitch Patterns.

NEW: Check out my new Fancy Celtic Cable Pattern, too!

How to Knit a Fancy Celtic Cable Pattern with Studio Knit

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!


CELTIC CABLE STITCH ROUNDUP

Visit my Celtic Cable Stitch Roundup to see my favorite patterns and projects collected from creative knitwear designers that I know you’ll just love!

Either knit them up according to the pattern instructions or allow them to inspire your own knitted designs. After you learn how to knit up this fun stitch pattern, make sure to check out these fun Celtic Cable Knit Stitch pattern ideas!

Celtic Cable Knit Stitch Pattern Project Roundup by Studio Knit


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HOW TO KNIT THE CELTIC CABLE SAXON STITCH PATTERN

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How to Knit the Celtic Cable | Saxon Braid Stitch Pattern

Knit Celtic Cable Mug Cozy by Studio Knit