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How to Knit a Cabled Diamond Pattern

Updated June 13, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

Bind off, preferably using the basic bind-off.

Things You'll Need

  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Cable needles
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