The Fudge Swirl Cable might be exactly what you’re looking for If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to knit cables. It looks complex, but it’s actually a fairly simple cable stitch. It uses ribbing to create an interesting fabric and is worked over a panel of 18 stitches. The panel is worked over a background of reverse stockinette and uses a 8 Stitch Left Purl Cross stitch. The Fudge Swirl Cable creates a dense fabric that would be a lovely stitch pattern to use for a sweater, hat, scarf or a blanket.

To help you along with learning this stitch, there is a chart below for reference, a video link is also at the top of this post to help you with the 8 stitch Left Purl Cross (8-st LPC).



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How to knit the Fudge Swirl Cable tutorial pin from Handmade by Stacy J
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Materials needed

(listed below is what I used to create the sample of the stitch pattern)

  • Paintbox Yarns Simply DK yarn in color Light Grey (#104), approximately 45 yds
  • Size 6 / 4 mm knitting needles
  • Cable needle
  • 2 stitch markers (optional)

Stitches and abbreviations used

K: Knit

P: Purl

RS: Right side

St(s): Stitch (es)

8-st LPC: 8 Stitch Left Purl Cross – slip next 3 sts from left hand needle to cable needle, hold to front, k3 and p2 from left hand needle, then k3 from cable needle

WS: Wrong side

X: Times (example: 3x = 3 times)


  • I find it easier to follow the pattern by inserting stitch markers between panels. By doing this, the markers help me to not get confused and see where the background of reverse stockinette section begins and ends, as well as where the cable panel is.
  • To help minimize the gap of the cable, I give a light tug on the stitch afterward to close it up a bit


This stitch is worked over a panel of 18 stitches with a background of reverse stockinette stitch. For the example, I cast on 38 for a 10 stitch background of reverse stockinette stitch on each side of the panel.

Directions are for the cable panel only.

To see how to do the 8-st LPC, click here or scroll to the top of this post.

  • Row 1 (RS): [K3, p2] 3x, k3
  • Row 2 and all WS rows: P3, [k2, p3] 3x
  • Row 3: As row 1
  • Row 5: K3, p2, 8-st LPC, p2, k3
  • Row 7: 8-st LPC, p2, 8-st LPC
  • Row 9: As row 5
  • Row 11: As row 7
  • Row 13: As row 5
  • Row 15: As row 7
  • Row 17: As row 5
  • Rows 19, 21, 23, 25 & 27: As row 1
  • Row 28: As row 2

Continue repeating rows 1-28 of the stitch pattern until you get to your desired length. For consistency, I bound off after completing row 19 and then bound off on WS as pattern.

Stitch chart showing how to knit the Fudge Swirl Cable from Handmade by Stacy J

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

Stacy J