Side-by-Side Seed Stitch Cable Knitting Stitch Pattern

This Side-by-Side Seed Stitch Cable Knitting Stitch adds lots of texture and coziness to your next knitted project.

Swatch of the Side-by-Side Seed Cable Knit Stitch on a fur blanket.Pin

Welcome to Day 12 of the 21 Days of Cable Knit Stitches Series!
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We’re learning a new stitch today and it’s a doozy. You’re gonna need a fresh cup of coffee, a quiet space and an extra dose of patience. Don’t worry about reading the abbreviations, just watch the video. I hope that when you watch the video and see it all come together you think “what is she talking about ‘extra dose of patience?’ that was easy.”

Learn how to knit the Side-by-Side Seed Stitch Cable Knit Stitch in today’s video tutorial + grab the FREE Headband Knitting Pattern!

About the Stitch

The Side-by-Side Seed Cable Stitch is an 8 row repeat, consisting of 2 cables which are only used on 2 rows.

Even though this cable stitch requires your full attention, it’s absolutely worth the effort!

This cable seed stitch consists of 2 cable stitches and a twist stitch creating a lovely fabric with the gorgeous texture of woven cable stitches.

If you’re knitting a stockinette stitch scarf or blanket and you’d like to add this cable pattern, having a few reverse stockinette stiches on either side of your cable will give it more definition, so it “pops.”

This is not a reversible pattern, meaning that the front and back are not the same.

There aren’t any increases or decreases, so you should always have the same number of stitches on the needles.

Skill level: Intermediate / Advanced Beginner

Yarn, Needles & Notions

Yarn Weight: Super Bulky
Yardage: 75 yards (68 meters)
Suggested Yarn: Debbie Bliss Roma
Needle Size: US 11 (8 mm) Knitting Needles
Cable Needle
Darning Needle / Tapestry Needle / Yarn Needle
Scissors

Yarn Substitutions

You can use any yarn you’d like. To get the right gauge, start with the recommended needle size. If you’re stitches are too loose, use smaller needles and if you’re stitches are too tight use larger needles.

Side-by-Side Cable Stitch Swatch Instructions

Knit flat using straight needles:

CO 17 STS

Row 1 (WS): K2 [P1, K3 x3] P1, K2
Row 2 (RS): P1, [K3, P1 x3] K3, P1
Row 3 (WS): K2 [P1, K3 x3] P1, K2
Row 4 (RS): P1, [K3, P1 x3] K3, P1
Row 5 (WS): K2 [P1, K3 x3] P1, K2
Row 6 (RS): P1, 3/1/3 RPC, P1, 3/1/3 LPC, P1
Row 7 (WS): K2 [P1, K3 x3] P1, K2
Row 8 (RS): P1, [K3, P1 x3] K3, P1
Repeat rows 1 – 8 until desired length.

Video Tutorial

*Check out some of my other Cable Knit Stitches.

Side-by-Side Seed Stitch Cable Headband Pattern Instructions (Free Knitting Pattern)

Knit flat using straight needles:

CO 19 STS

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 (WS): K1TBL, K2 [P1, K3 x3] P1, K2, K1TBL
Rows 2, 4, 8 (RS): WYIF S1PW, P1, [K3, P1 x3] K3, P1, WYIF S1PW
Row 6 (RS): WYIF S1PW, P1, 3/1/3 RPC, P1, 3/1/3 LPC, P1, WYIF S1PW
Repeat rows 1 – 8 until it’s about 18” (46cm) long, or desired length

To End:
Repeat rows 1 & 2
BO in the row 3 pattern
Sew the CO & BO edges together
To see how I do it, watch my video: How to Sew the Seam on a Headband

Headband Notes

The CO edge is the width.
I like using circular knitting needles or DPN’s for a small swatch, it’s easier on my hands than full length straight needles.
You can use any category of yarn you’d like, just keep in mind that the thinner the yarn, the narrower your headband.

Cable Stitch Inspiration

This is one of my favorite stitches to create a thick & cozy fabric for just about any project!

Suggested Project Ideas:
Sweater
Hats
Headbands
Scarves
Blankets
Shawls
Cowls

Suggested Trim:
1×1 ribbing
Seed Stitch
Garter Stitch
Moss Stitch

Abbreviations : Knitting Techniques

* – * – repeat between *asterisks* to the end of the round
3/1/3 RPC – 3 over 1 over 3 right purl cross – slip 4 stitches to a cable needle, hold it to the back of your work, knit 3 stitches, slip the last stitch from the cable needle back onto the left-hand needle, purl 1, and then knit 3 from the cable needle
3/1/3 LPC – 3 over 1 over 3 left purl cross – slip 4 stitches to a cable needle, hold it to the front of your work, knit 3 stitches, slip the last stitch from the cable needle back onto the left-hand needle, purl 1, and then knit 3 from the cable needle
BO – bind-off in pattern
CO – cast-on (long-tail cast-on method)
K – knit stitches (K1 means to knit 1 stitch)
K1TBL – knit 1 stitch through the back loop
P – purl stitches (P2 means to purl 2 stitches)
RS – right side of the work
S1PW – slip one stitch purl-wise
STS – stitches
WS – wrong side of the work
WYIF – with yarn in front

Right Side Rows : Front of the Work

swatch of cable knit stitch

Wrong Side Rows : Back of the Work

swatch of cable knit stitch

Side-by-Side Cable Stitch Swatch Instructions (Printable)

This cable seed stitch consists of 2 cable stitches and a twist stitch creating a lovely fabric with the gorgeous texture of woven cable stitches.
Prep Time15 minutes
Active Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 45 minutes

Equipment

  • Knitting Needles (Recommended Size for Yarn)
  • Cable Needle
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors

Materials

  • Any Yarn

Instructions

Knit flat using straight needles:

  • CO 17 STS
  • Row 1 (WS): K2 [P1, K3 x3] P1, K2
  • Row 2 (RS): P1, [K3, P1 x3] K3, P1
  • Row 3 (WS): K2 [P1, K3 x3] P1, K2
  • Row 4 (RS): P1, [K3, P1 x3] K3, P1
  • Row 5 (WS): K2 [P1, K3 x3] P1, K2
  • Row 6 (RS): P1, 3/1/3 RPC, P1, 3/1/3 LPC, P1
  • Row 7 (WS): K2 [P1, K3 x3] P1, K2
  • Row 8 (RS): P1, [K3, P1 x3] K3, P1
  • Repeat rows 1 – 8 until desired length.

Abbreviations : Knitting Techniques

  • * – * – repeat between *asterisks* to the end of the round
  • 3/1/3 RPC – 3 over 1 over 3 right purl cross – slip 4 stitches to a cable needle, hold it to the back of your work, knit 3 stitches, slip the last stitch from the cable needle back onto the left-hand needle, purl 1, and then knit 3 from the cable needle
  • 3/1/3 LPC – 3 over 1 over 3 left purl cross – slip 4 stitches to a cable needle, hold it to the front of your work, knit 3 stitches, slip the last stitch from the cable needle back onto the left-hand needle, purl 1, and then knit 3 from the cable needle
  • BO – bind-off in pattern
  • CO – cast-on (long-tail cast-on method)
  • K – knit stitches (K1 means to knit 1 stitch)
  • K1TBL – knit 1 stitch through the back loop
  • P – purl stitches (P2 means to purl 2 stitches)
  • RS – right side of the work
  • S1PW – slip one stitch purl-wise
  • STS – stitches
  • WS – wrong side of the work
  • WYIF – with yarn in front