The Four-section Cable is a simple cable stitch that uses ribbing to create an interesting fabric. It’s worked over a panel of 7 stitches and has a background of reverse stockinette. It uses a Twist 7 Back Rib stitch that creates a dense fabric that would be a lovely stitch pattern to use for a sweater, hat, scarf or a blanket.

There is a chart below for reference, as well as a video tutorial.

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Materials needed

Listed below is what I used to create the sample of the stitch pattern

Stitches and abbreviations used:

K: Knit

P: Purl

PB1: Purl through the back loop

St(s): Stitch (es)

T7B rib: Twist 7 Back Rib – slip next 4 sts from left hand needle to cable needle, hold to back, k1, p1, k1 from left hand needle, [p1, k1] two times from cable needle

X: times (Example: 3x – 3 times)


  • I find it easier to insert stitch markers between panels, so as not to get confused to where the background of reverse stockinette section is
  • To help minimize the gap of the cable, I give a light tug on the stitch afterward to close it up a bit

Pin for the Four-section cable from Handmade by Stacy J
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Directions for the Four-section cable panel:

Worked over a panel of 7 stitches with a background of reverse stockinette stitch; the directions below are for the panel only.

  • 1 (RS): K1, [p1, k1] 3x
  • 2: PB1, [k1, PB1] 3x
  • 3: T7B rib
  • 4: As row 2
  • Repeat rows 1-2 three more times

Repeat rows 1-10 to desired length (for consistency, I bound off after completing row 4), then bind off as pattern

Chart for how to knit the Four-section cable from Handmade by Stacy J

I hope you enjoyed learning this stitch as much as I did. Please tag me @handmadebystacyj when posting on social media – I’d love to see your makes!

Stacy J