Double-O Cable Knitting Stitch Pattern

With the Double-O Cable Knitting Stitch add some extra squish & pop to your cable knitwear with this cable knitting stitch.

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This pattern uses two cables side-by-side using knit & purl stitches giving the cable even more depth and texture. This is such a pretty stitch! It reminds me of an owl. Enjoy today’s stitch because tomorrow’s stitch is a challenge!

Learn how to knit the Double-O Cable Knit Stitch in today’s video tutorial + grab the FREE Headband Knitting Pattern below!

About the Stitch

The Double-O Cable Stitch is an 8 row repeat, consisting of 2 cables and 2 twists creating a lovely knitted fabric with the gorgeous texture of woven cable stitches.

This is a squishy alternative to traditional cables.

If you’re knitting a stockinette stitch scarf or blanket and you’d like to add this cable pattern, having a few reverse stockinette stitches 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 Knitter

Yarn, Needles & Notions

Yarn Weight: Super Bulky Yarn
Yardage: 75 yards (68 meters)
Suggested Yarn: Sugarbush Yarns Chill
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.

Double-O Cable Stitch Swatch Instructions

Knit flat using straight needles:

CO 14 STS

Row 1 (WS): K1, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K1
Row 2 (RS): P1, K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P1
Row 3 (WS): K1, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K1
Row 4 (RS): P1, [T3F, T3B] x2, P1 (cable row)
Row 5 (WS): K2, P4, K2, P4, K2
Row 6 (RS): P2, C4B, P2, C4F, P2 (cable row)
Row 7 (WS): K2, P4, K2, P4, K2
Row 8 (RS): P1, [T3B, T3F] x2, P1 (cable row)
Repeat rows 1 – 8 until it’s about 18” (46cm) long, or desired length.

Video Tutorial

*Check out some of my other Cable Knit Stitches.

Double-O Cable Stitch Headband Pattern Instructions
(Free Knitting Pattern)

Knit flat using straight needles:

CO 16 STS

Row 1, 3 (WS): K1TBL, K1, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K1, K1TBL
Row 2 (RS): WYIF S1PW, P1, K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P1, WYIF S1PW
Row 4 (RS): WYIF S1PW, P1, [T3F, T3B] x2, P1, WYIF S1PW
Row 5, 7 (WS): K1TBL, K2, P4, K2, P4, K2, K1TBL
Row 6 (RS): WYIF S1PW, P2, C4B, P2, C4F, P2, WYIF S1PW
Row 8 (RS): WYIF S1PW, P1, [T3B, T3F] x2, 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:
Hats
Sweaters
Headbands
Scarves
Blankets
Shawls
Cowls

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

Abbreviations : Knitting Techniques

* – * – repeat between *asterisks* to the end of the round
BO – bind-off in pattern
CO – cast-on (long-tail cast-on method)
C4B – cable 4 back – right cable – slip 2 stitches to a cable needle and hold it in the back of your work, knit the next 2 stitches off your left needle and then knit the 2 stitches off the cable needle on to the right needle
C4F – cable 4 front – left cable – slip 2 stitches to a cable needle and hold it in the front of your work, knit the next 2 stitches off your left hand needle and then knit the 2 stitches off the cable needle on to the right-hand needle
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 work
S1PW – slip one stitch purl-wise
STS – stitches
T3B – twist 3 back – right twist – slip 1 stitch onto cable needle and hold it in the back of your work, knit the next 2 STS off your left hand needle and then purl the stitch off your cable needle
T3F – twist 3 front – left twist – slip 2 STS onto cable needle and hold it in the front of your work, purl the next stitch off your left hand needle and then knit the 2 STS off your cable needle
WS – wrong side of work
WYIF – with yarn in front

Other cable knitting patterns you might like:
Horseshoe Cable Stitch (Wishbone Cable)
Mock Cable Rib

Right Side Rows : Front of Work

swatch of cable knit stitch

Wrong Side Rows : Back of Work

swatch of cable knit stitch

Double-O Cable Stitch Swatch Instructions (Printable)

The Double-O Cable Stitch is an 8 row repeat, consisting of 2 cables and 2 twists creating a lovely knitted 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 14 STS
  • Row 1 (WS): K1, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K1
  • Row 2 (RS): P1, K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P1
  • Row 3 (WS): K1, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K1
  • Row 4 (RS): P1, [T3F, T3B] x2, P1 (cable row)
  • Row 5 (WS): K2, P4, K2, P4, K2
  • Row 6 (RS): P2, C4B, P2, C4F, P2 (cable row)
  • Row 7 (WS): K2, P4, K2, P4, K2
  • Row 8 (RS): P1, [T3B, T3F] x2, P1 (cable row)
  • Repeat rows 1 – 8 until desired length.

Abbreviations : Knitting Techniques

  • * – * – repeat between *asterisks* to the end of the round
  • BO – bind-off in pattern
  • CO – cast-on (long-tail cast-on method)
  • C4B – cable 4 back – slip 2 stitches to a cable needle and hold it in the back of your work, knit the next 2 stitches off your left needle and then knit the 2 stitches off the cable needle on to the right needle
  • C4B – cable 4 back – slip 2 stitches to a cable needle and hold it in the back of your work, knit the next 2 stitches off your left needle and then knit the 2 stitches off the cable needle on to the right needle
  • 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 work
  • S1PW – slip one stitch purl-wise
  • STS – stitches
  • T3B – twist 3 back – right twist – slip 1 stitch onto cable needle and hold it in the back of your work, knit the next 2 STS off your left hand needle and then purl the stitch off your cable needle
  • T3F – twist 3 front – left twist – slip 2 STS onto cable needle and hold it in the front of your work, purl the next stitch off your left hand needle and then knit the 2 STS off your cable needle
  • WS – wrong side of work
  • WYIF – with yarn in front