The Quail Cable Stitch is an interesting cable fabric. It can be used for all-over pattern knitting, or as a fun detail to add to a project. It works in multiples of 18+3 over a 12 row repeat. Below are the written directions, a chart and a video for your reference. The video walks you through how to use the Quail Cable stitch while making a head band / ear warmer. To see the free pattern for that project, click HERE.

Below there is a video that shows how to make the ear warmer, but it also shows to make the cable stitch. There are time stamps, as well, to help you along.

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Stitches and abbreviations used:

K: Knit.
P: Purl.
Sl wyif: Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front.
1/2 LC : Slip next stitch to cable needle purlwise and place at front of work, k2, then k1 from cable needle.
1/2 RC : Slip next 2 stitches to cable needle purlwise and place at back of work, k1, then k2 from cable needle.

Pin of Quail Cable Stitch from Handmade by Stacy J
Here’s a pin for your Pinterest board 🙂

Directions for Quail Cable Stitch

  • 1 (WS): K3, *p2, sl wyif × 2, p2, k3, p6, k3; rep * to end.
  • 2 (RS): *P3, k6, p3, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC; rep * to last 3 sts, p3.
  • 3 – 6: Repeat rows 1 – 2.
  • 7: K3, *p6, k3, p2, sl wyif × 2, p2, k3; rep * to end.
  • 8: *P3, 1/2 RC, 1/2 LC, p3, k6; rep * to last 3 sts, p3.
  • 9 – 12: Repeat rows 7 – 8.

If you love this stitch, why not try making a head band / ear warmer with it? For a free pattern click HERE.


Chart for how to knit the quail cable Ear Warmer / headband from Handmade by Stacy J

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