How to Knit a Cabled Diamond Pattern

Written by sarah jackson
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A cabled diamond pattern is a great way to break free from the traditional aran and cable patterns that are commonplace to many seasoned knitters. It's a slightly challenging pattern that will require a little more attention than most simpler patterns but is well worth the effort. The result is sharp-looking columns of cabled diamonds with ribbed columns flanking either side that will add flare to any design.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Cable needles

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose the yarn you want to work with and needles that match the weight of your yarn (see yarn packaging for needle size suggestions).

  2. 2

    Cast on your stitches in multiples of 10 in your preferred method of casting on (example: 10 x 3 = 30).

  3. 3

    Row 1 (right side): Purl 1, knit 1 through the back of the loop, purl 1, twist 2 back (this is done by slipping 1 stitch to a cable needle at the back of the work, knit 1 from the left-hand needle, then purl 1 stitch from the cable needle) knit 1, twist 2 forward (done as before, this time holding the cable needle to the front of the work); repeat these 10 stitches to the end of the row Row 2: Purl 5, knit 1, purl 1 through the back of the loop, knit 1, purl 1 through the back of the loop, knit 1; repeat these 10 stitches to the end of the row Row 3: Purl 1, knit 1 through the back of the loop, purl 1, knit 1 through the back of the loop, purl 1, twist 2 backward, knit 1, twist 2 forward; repeat these 10 stitches to the end of the row Row 4: Knit 1, purl 3, knit 2, purl 1 through the back of the loop, knit 1, purl 1 through the back of the loop, knit 1; repeat these 10 stitches to the end of the row Row 5: Purl 1, knit 1 through the back of the loop, purl 1, knit 1 through the back of the loop, purl 2, knit 3rd stitch on left-hand needle, knit 2nd stitch on left-hand needle, knit 1st stitch on left-hand needle, slip all 3 stitches off together, purl 1; repeat these 10 stitches to the end of the row Row 6: Repeat the 4th row

  4. 4

    Repeat these 6 rows until your piece reaches the desired length.

  5. 5

    Bind off, preferably using the basic bind-off.

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