How to Knit the Celtic Cable | Saxon Braid Stitch Pattern

The Celtic Cable Knit Stitch Pattern creates an intricate design of the beautiful Irish Saxon Braid. I am including the full written pattern, along with the knitting chart, too. 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 this pattern with a color-coded system to easily discern them while switching your gaze from the pattern to the Abbreviation Key. I’ve received great feedback from fellow knitters and hope my color-coded pattern and chart system is helpful to you, too!

How to Knit the Celtic Cable | Saxon Braid Stitch with Free Knitting Pattern + Video Tutorial by Studio Knit


WATCH CELTIC CABLE VIDEO INTRODUCTION

Find the full stitch-by-stitch video tutorial below!


MATERIALS for the Celtic Cable Saxon Stitch Pattern

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

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PROJECT IDEA: CELTIC CABLE 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. Easy cozy cuteness!

Knit Celtic Cable Mug Cozy


PRINTABLE KNITTING PATTERN for the Celtic Cable

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CELTIC CABLE KNITTING INSTRUCTIONS
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KNITTING TECHNIQUES + ABBREVIATIONS FOR CELTIC CABLE

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

WATCH VIDEO 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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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

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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!


PRINTABLE KNITTING PATTERN for the Celtic Cable

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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 Fancy Celtic Cable Pattern. My newest Diamond Hill Loop Cable Pattern is a fun challenge, too.

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