27 Cable Knitting Patterns

Working with cables is one of the most satisfying of knitting techniques. Learning to cable knit adds texture to all types of garments; it keeps knitting interesting, adds a little challenge, and looks fantastic! 

I’ve compiled a list of cable knitting patterns for you, ranging from cowls to sweaters to little items like hats and socks. These fun knit cable designs will satisfy your urge for cable knitting!

Cable Knitting Patterns

Cables are iconic; they have been in style for over 100 years, and rightfully so. Beautiful twisting designs catch the eye and the imagination. Dive right in and cast on the coziest, dreamiest cables your needles have ever seen!

27 Cable Knitting Patterns


1. Cable Mittens Knitting Pattern by Darling Jadore

These Grove Mittens are a pair of cable-knit mittens that look really classic and sophisticated, with a classic ribbed cuff and sleek cable-design.

The ribbed cuff is designed to flow effortlessly upward to meet up with the cables, and I think that attention to detail makes a big difference. The rest of the mittens are covered in class stockinette stitch, which makes this mittens so timeless.

Cable Mittens Knitting Pattern by Darling Jadore

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2. Together Beanies Cable Knit Pattern by Mother Of Purl Patterns

Knitting cables is actually really easy and this Together Beanies Knitting Pattern is the perfect beginner project! Quick and manageable, this simple cable pattern results in a truly stunning hat.

Finished with a generous ribbed brim, I’m sure this great-fitting hat will be the one you reach for when the temperature drops!

Together Beanies Knitting Pattern by Mother Of Purl Patterns

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3. Easy Cable Knit Sweater Pattern by Mama In A Stitch

These aren’t the tight little cables you might be used to seeing. These cables are oversized and relaxed. They’re dramatic but they’re also chill and they’re right at home on this casual knit sweater.

Don’t be intimidated by how amazing this design looks, though, because it’s really quite simple. You’ll be working flat and using mainly stockinette stitch.

Easy Cable Knit Sweater Pattern by Mama In A Stitch

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4. Chunky Cowl Free Cable Knitting Pattern by Mirella Moments

Whether you love knitting cables or are trying them for the first time, here’s the perfect, little neckwarming accessory. Since this cowl is only about a third as much knitting as a full-length scarf, you will have a new cowl in no time!

Chunky Cowl Free Cable Knitting Pattern by Mirella Moments

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5. Cable Patch Blanket Knitting Pattern by Knit Sew Make

This inviting knit blanket is a showpiece of texture and style that you’ll be proud to display in your home. It uses colorful squares and blocks to create a striking blanket that works great as an afghan or throw for your couch. With lots of different cable stitches to try out, you’ll be the master of cable knitting once this blanket is finished!

Cable Patch Blanket Knitting Pattern by Knit Sew Make

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6. Heart And Soul Jumper Cable Knitting Pattern by Brenda Made This

Made with up to 7 skeins of super chunky yarn, this Heart and Soul Jumper features an oversized silhouette with cables across the body and sleeves. This knit cable pattern includes simple written instructions and charts for 6 different sizes – making it the perfect introduction to cable knitting.

Heart And Soul Jumper Cable Knitting Pattern by Brenda Made This

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7. Pillow Cover Cable Knit Pattern by By Ladyship Designs

Add homey warmth and style to modern or traditional décor with his huggable knit pillow for your favorite space. It’s made with super bulky yarn and since this project stitches up in a snap, you can make a set to refresh the living room, bedroom, reading nook and more!

Pillow Cover Cable Knit Pattern by By Ladyship Designs

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8. Clancy Vest Free Cable Knitting Pattern by Lion Brand

Experienced knitters will revel in the satisfying challenge of this intricately cabled pattern. It will be ever more satisfying to wear as it is very flattering with a relaxed fit and a v-neck.

Clancy Vest Free Cable Knitting Pattern by Lion Brand

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9. Two Cables Socks Knitting Pattern by Fatimah Hinds

This Two Cables Socks Knitting Pattern uses a Merino wool blend yarn for extra softness. These socks are worked in the round, from the toe up, and use a peasant heel.

They feature a wide cable pattern on the front with smaller cables following on the inside and outside of the feet, making for eye-catching details that the wearer will love.

Two Cables Socks Knitting Pattern by Fatimah Hinds

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10. Chunky Cables Knit Blanket Pattern by Yarnspirations

This chunky, classic knit throw is sure to impress! The simple cable design results in a timeless, cozy blanket that will look gorgeous draped over your sofa or favorite chair.

The pattern is perfect for beginner knitters looking to advance their skills and try out cable knitting, or advanced knitters who are just looking for a fun larger project to work on that doesn’t require too much thinking.

You can find more Chunky Knit Blanket Patterns here.

Chunky Cables Knit Blanket Pattern by Yarnspirations

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11. Heart Cable Knit Scarf Pattern by Studio Knit

This Heart Cable Scarf is a great intermediate project. Knitted with super bulky yarn and large needles, it knits up quickly and looks really beautiful. Make this lovely texture of interlocking Celtic hearts for your next love-filled present!

Knit in a pretty color, this cable pattern is perfect for women but in a more masculine shade, men will appreciate its warmth. 

Heart Cable Knit Scarf Pattern by Studio Knit

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12. Men’s Cable Knit Sweater Pattern by Handy Little Me

There’s nothing quite like a good bit of cable work to make you feel like a real knitting whiz. It also has the added benefit of making this sweater look incredibly stylish and smart! This raglan sweater is knit in a few different cable stitch patterns with ribbed lower bands, neck, and cuffs.

Men's Cable Knit Sweater Pattern by Handy Little Me

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13. The Thicket Headband Knitting Pattern by Mirella Moments

This adorable headband is made with slip stitches and mirrored cables. You’ll need both regular needles and cabled needles to complete this pattern. It measures approximately 4 inches wide and creates a cute solution for keeping your ears warm!

The Thicket Headband Knitting Pattern by Mirella Moments

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14. Cabled Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern by Red Heart

Show your pup how much you care with this hand knit that’s patterned after a cable fisherman’s sweater. Perfect for intermediate knitters, the pattern includes five sizes. That means you could knit for your entire furry family!

Also see: Dog Sweater Knitting Patterns

Cabled Dog Sweater Knitting Pattern by Red Heart

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15. Magnolia Vest Cable Knitting Pattern by Earthworm Knits

This Magnolia Vest is a cropped, textured knit with a simple cable stitch pattern that will fly off your needles in no time! Layer her over the top of a nice shirt or rock her solo – she’ll be the perfect transitional wardrobe staple!

Magnolia Vest Cable Knitting Pattern by Earthworm Knits

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16. Lattice Cable Washcloth Knitting Pattern by Stacy W

This Lattice Cable Washcloth is a perfect pattern for the ambitious beginner who wants to try their hand at cabling on a small but useful project. It only uses knit and purl, as well as cabling to create a beautiful pattern.

Lattice Cable Washcloth Knitting Pattern by Stacy W

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17. Braided Cable Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern by Daisy Gray Knits

Cabled texturing goes a long way towards making this blanket a rewarding project that looks superb in any nursery. Choosing a baby soft Aran yarn in your favorite shade gets you on the way to completing this bulky beauty. Or, use blue for boys and pink for girls.

Braided Cable Baby Blanket Knitting Pattern by Daisy Gray Knits

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18. Cable Vines Montrose Cardigan Knitting Pattern by Yarnspirations

Snuggle up during the chilly days with this Cable Vines Montrose Cardigan. It’s a beautifully textured, thanks to the intricate cables all over the fabric.

Twisted ribbing, knit 3 purl 3 ribbing, cables, and bobbles techniques will keep you interested. This garment exudes style with a long-line v-neck, tie belt, and beautiful, vine-like texturing all across the front. Simple ribbed back and sleeves create a comfy fit for this cardi, which is likely to become your season’s go-to sweater!

Cable Vines Montrose Cardigan Knitting Pattern by Yarnspirations

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19. Easy Winding Cables Wrap Knitting Pattern by Mama In A Stitch

This gorgeous shawl can double as a wrap or large scarf! It showcases beautiful cable knit work that appears complicated while it’s actually super easy to knit.

If you know how to knit stockinette, you should have no trouble knitting this lovely piece. Knit with large needles and super bulky yarn, it works up quick and would make a wonderful gift.

Easy Winding Cables Wrap Knitting Pattern by Mama In A Stitch

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20. Delicate Cable Scarf Knitting Pattern by Purl Soho

Are you ready for a more relaxing knit? As you knit, you’ll be following a single line of cable work as it meanders back and forth from edge to edge. There are long stretches of easy garter stitch stretches in between. So despite its sophisticated appearance, this Delicate Cable Scarf is actually a pretty easy project.

Delicate Cable Scarf Knitting Pattern by Purl Soho

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21. Cable Tea Cozy Knitting Pattern by Pat E

This Cable Tea Cozy will look lovely on your teapot during the winter months and over the holidays. It is easy to make and looks great, with added pom poms to decorate the top.

Cable Tea Cozy Knitting Pattern by Pat E

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22. Williamsburg Top Knitting Pattern by Kara’s Knit Eng

A halter top with cables? The ideal piece for your spring outfit, this Williamsburg Top will turn heads with its strappy back features and cabled front. This one is versatile and looks great in different shades.

Williamsburg Top Knitting Pattern by Kara's Knit Eng

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23. Cabled Bag Knitting Pattern by Yarnspirations

Knitted cables add dimension and style to the one bag you’ll never leave home without! The perfect project for cable fanatics, this accessory could be knitted in a weekend and is sure to be the next it-bag.

Cabled Bag Knitting Pattern by Yarnspirations

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24. Stocking Knit Cable Pattern by Red Heart

Kick off the holiday season with a festive project that’s Santa-approved! Elegant Aran stitches create this classic, knitted Christmas stocking that’s perfect for the whole family. With its generous size makes room for lots of treats ‘n’ toys.

Stocking Knit Cable Pattern by Red Heart

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25. Cuff Booties Easy Cable Knit Pattern by Caroline B

Using only one ball of wool, you can create a lovely gift for a new arrival. If you are feeling ambitious, you could experiment with different colors to produce a full set. Although these slippers are small in size, the cable knit detail is sure to have an impact.

Cuff Booties Easy Cable Knit Pattern by Caroline B

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26. Knit Cable Stitch Pumpkin Pattern by See Love Share

This pumpkin is knit in the round starting from the stem down. You can add length to the stem to make it longer for a dramatic effect, curling it around your fingers as it grows. The pattern gave knit pumpkins a classy twist by adding a cable to the design.

Knit Cable Stitch Pumpkin Pattern by See Love Share

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27. Brioche Cables Knit Hat Pattern by Yarnspirations

This free cable knitting pattern is great for intermediate knitters, with twisted ribbing and brioche cables created through increases and decreases this hat works up beautifully. This hat stands out with incredible stitch definition and color!

Brioche Cables Knit Hat Pattern by Yarnspirations

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Cable Knitting Patterns Frequently Asked Questions

What is cable knitting?

Cable knitting is a type of knitting in which numerous layers of yarn are crossed over each other to create a sophisticated weaved texture. Though the end result looks complicated, the technique is pretty straightforward if you know what to do.

Where to use cable knit?

Cable knitting is frequently used in the making of your favorite sweaters, cozy beanies, and fluffy blankets! If you like creating personalized gifts for family and friends, this is one of the best activities to learn.

What’s the best yarn to use for knitting cables?

Cables look fabulous in light colors which make them stand out. Choose the best wool you can find, and if its multi-plied, the cables will look even better. Avoid fuzzy, loosely glued yarns and look for gentle blending of color, which will not distract the eye from the cables.

Is a cable needle essential for knitting cables?

Although cable needles are useful, they are not required for all cable knitting patterns. Many knitters substitute a stitch holder or even a double pointed needle for the cable needle. However, the cable needle’s unique design is widely favored.

The needle has grooves to prevent stitches from slipping off while in use, and the tapered tips ensure a smooth transition between knitting needles and cable needles.

WE HOPE THAT YOU FIND A CABLE KNITTING PATTERN TO ENJOY IN THIS COLLECTION, WHETHER THAT BE FOR YOU OR A LOVED ONE.

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