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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:

  • CO 13 STS
  • 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}


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swatch of cable knit stitch


  • * – * – 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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