Sunday, May 03, 2015

STAGHORN CABLE

STITCH OF THE MONTH - May 2015
The Staghorn Cable is a dramatic stitch pattern that is easy to produce. It's a wide pattern that is worked over 16 stitches against a reverse stockinette stitch background. 

It is important to check the gauge as cable patterns tend to pull the work in so the stitch gauge will change as cable patterns are added to the fabric.

The pattern can also be reversed which will result in an upside down Staghorn Cable pattern.   


STAGHORN CABLE
(Worked over 16 sts)
Row 1 (WS) and every WS row:  Purl
Row 2:  K4, C4B, C4F, k4
Row 4:  K2, C4B, k4, C4F, k2
Row 6:  C4B, k8, C4F
These 6 rows form the Staghorn Cable.

Reversed Staghorn Cable
Row 1 (WS) and every WS row: Purl
Row 2:  C4F, k8, C4B
Row 4:  K2, C4F, k4, C4B, k2
Row 6:  K4, C4F, C4B, k4
These 6 rows form the Staghorn Cable.

Abbreviations
C4B - Cable over 4 stitches to the back. This is worked by sliding 2 stitches from the left needle onto a cable needle. Move the cable needle to behind the left needle. Knit the next 2 stitches from the left needle and then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.
C4F - Cable over 4 stitches to the front. This is worked by sliding 2 stitches from the left needle onto a cable needle. Move the cable needle in front of the left needle. Knit the next 2 stitches from the left needle and then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.
WS - Wrong side.

6 comments:

  1. Hi, Thanks for the instructions, I am wanting to do a reverse staghorn cable but about double the width and height of each staghorn, so that it is a feature down the front of a jumper that I am knitting, can you help me with a pattern? Alternatively I could try to double the above instructions and do a test? Kind regards Marita

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  2. Hi, Marita - I would double the number of cast on stitches and double the stitches in the pattern. Also add in two additional purl rows between cables so it doesn't become too bulky:
    Row 1 - purl
    Row 2 - C8F, k16, C8B
    Row 3 thru 5 - purl
    Row 6 - K4, C8F, k8, C8B, k4
    Row 7 thru 9 - purl
    Row 10 - K8, C8F, C8B, K8
    Row 11 thru 12 - purl

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  3. Is it possible to adapt this cable pattern to a triangular shawl.

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  4. I'm sorry I should have been more specific
    I got so excite when I found this pattern I want the stag horn cable to be the spine of a triangular style shawl
    Can you help
    Thanks again

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    1. I really like this cable pattern too! I would start with plain stockinette stitch and work until you have 8 sts. Start on row 6 of the pattern and do the centre 8 sts as C4F, C4B. You can then start working the pattern from there which would mean that row 2 would be worked on the next RS row. It depends how you are increasing - if you have 10 sts, you can just knit them but if you have 12 sts you can work C4F, k4, C4B. Then work row 4 of the pattern on the next RS row. If you have 12 sts work it as C4F, K4, C4B but if you have 16 stitches work as stated in the pattern from this point forward making sure you are working against a reverse stockinette background. The trick to starting is to try and work in the cables where they can be worked in. Hope that helps. I would love to hear how it works out for you.

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