Have a Yarn

Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia


April 2007: Baby Cable Ribbing

Baby sweater with baby cable ribbing, knit by Anne Morison.


Baby Cable Ribbing is a technique of twisting two stitches to make a mini cable. As seen in the sweater above, Baby Cable Ribbing can be used for an allover sweater stitch. It also can replace regular K2, P2 ribbing, therefore it is well suited to sleeve cuffs and trims.

Detail of sleeve - baby cable ribbing used for cuff
Detail of sweater bottom (back)


Instructions for Baby Cable Ribbing
Source:A Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker, p. 40. A variation of this stitch can also be found in Harmony Stitch Guide, Vol.2, p.73 - Twisted Cable.
  • Multiple of 4 sts plus 2
  • Rows 1 and 3 (Wrong side) - K2, * p2, k2; rep from *.
  • Row 2 - P2, * k2, p2; rep from *
  • Row 4 - P2, *k2tog, but leave on needle; then insert right-hand needle between the 2 sts just knitted together, and knit the 1st again; then slip both sts from needle together; p2; rep from *.
  • Repeat rows 1 - 4.
Sample of Baby Cable Ribbing.


Sweater Details (pattern and yarn available at shop)

  • Yarn: Sisu (Sandnesgarn) col.# 1012 (ecru) - 2 x 50gr. balls / fingering wt. yarn
  • Pattern: Marks and Kattens # 04042, size 0
  • Stitches: The original pattern calls for the sweater to be knit in stockinette stitch, except for basic ribbing for the edging. Instead, Anne used 4 different stitches:
1. Baby Cable Ribbing
2. Centre Panel is the Bamboo Stitch (Stitch Archive October 2005 *click*)
3. Reverse stockinette for sweater back and arms (Right Side - Purl;WS - Knit)
4. Garter stitch for neck (knit every row)