Day 4 : Fishtail Cable Knit Stitch : #21daysofcableknitstitches

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Welcome to Day 4 of the 21 Days of Cable Knit Stitches Series!

This is similar to day 1 in that it has 2 cables side-by-side, but the cable itself is completely different. Which one do you like better, day 1 or day 4?


Size US 13 {9mm} Knitting Needles
Approximately 75 Yards {68m} of a Super Bulky Yarn
{I’m not sure what yarn this is, I lost the label.}
Cable Needle


The CO edge is the width.
You can use any category of yarn you’d like, just keep in mind that the thinner the yarn, the narrower your headband.

Video Tutorial:

*Check out some of my other Cable Knit Stitches.

Headband Pattern, Knit Flat, Back & Forth:

Row 1 {WS}: K1TBL, K1, P4, K1, P4 , K1, K1TBL
Row 2 {RS}: WYIF S1PW, P1, K4, P1, K4, P1, WYIF, S1PW
Row 3 {WS}: Repeat Row 1
Row 4 {RS}: WYIF S1PW, P1, C4R, P1, C4L, P1, WYIF S1PW
Repeat rows 1 – 4 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}


* – * – repeat between * to end of round
BO – bind-off in pattern
CO – cast-on {long-tail cast-on method}
C4L – cable 4 left – slip 1 stitch to a cable needle and hold it in the front of your work, knit the next 3 stitches off your left hand needle and then knit the 1 stitch off the cable needle
C4R – cable 4 right – slip 3 stitches to a cable needle and hold it in the back of your work, knit 1 stitch off your left hand needle and then knit the 3 stitches off the cable 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
WS – wrong side of work
WYIF – with yarn in front


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