Claw Pattern Cable Knitting Stitch Pattern

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The claw pattern is knitted over 9 stitches and 4 rows.  This is a simple and effective cable stitch that can be done with or without a cable needle.

Claw Pattern Cable Knitting Stitch PatternClaw Pattern Cable Stitch | © Deborah Mason & Knitting Naturally

To use the claw pattern cable knitting stitch you will need to know how to cast oncast offhow to form knit stitches, how to form purl stitches and how to use a cable needle.  You could get someone else to do the casting on and off for you if you are just starting out, but believe me, eventually you will want to learn how to do these two steps yourself if you are going to keep knitting.

Instructions for the Claw Pattern Cable Knitting Stitch Pattern

Claw Pattern Cable Stitch | © Deborah Mason & Knitting Naturally

1st row: (right side) : Knit.
2nd row: Purl.
3rd row: C4L, K1, C4R.
4th row: Purl.

Repeat these 4 rows.

C4L: Slip the next two stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work. Knit the next two stitches, then knit the two stitches off the cable needle.

C4R: Slip the next two stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work. Knit the next two stitches, then knit the two stitches off the cable needle.

Ideas for Where You can Use this Knitting Stitch Pattern...

This is a quite simple cable pattern but it is really quite effective.  I have used it in the past down the centre of the sleeves of an other wise plain jumper to add a little interest or on either side of a larger more complex cable on the front and back of a jumper.  

You just need to be careful if you are adding the cable as a feature on one of your favourite patterns, you may need to add a stitch or two as the cable causes the knitted fabric to be narrower than plain stocking stitch and without the adjustments your garment may end up being to narrow. 

Not sure about the Claw Pattern Cable? You might like to try one of these instead...

  • 1x1 Rib Knitting Stitch Pattern

    If you are planning to knit garments sooner or later you will need to master the 1x1 rib knitting stitch pattern as it is often a feature of jumpers or cardigans and it is also used for knitting scarves.

  • Check Stitch Knitting Stitch Pattern

    The Check Stitch knitting stitch pattern is another fairly simple stitch pattern that is suitable for beginners. It uses a basic 2x2 rib stitch that alternates between knit and purl every four rows resulting in 'checks' or blocks of broken columns.

  • Butterfly Lace Knitting Stitch Pattern

    This pretty butterfly lace knitting stitch pattern is easy to do and the end result is rather effective. It is knitted over a multiple of 8 stitches plus 7 and 8 rows.

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