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How To Knit Mock Cables

Liat Gat - Founder

July 15, 2011

Mock cables are similar to real cables in that the stitches twist around each other. However, with mock cables you just knit into the second or third stitch on the needle, then the second or first, and so on. It's a "cheat" cable with an interesting look all its own.

What is a mock cable? It’s a way of creating a twisted-stitch pattern, like cables, but without removing stitches from the needle. Just make sure you have pointy needles.

yellow mock cables

This video is by special request – KnitFreedom forum member Ginny requested a video showing mock cables.

Thanks, Ginny! I love getting requests and suggestions like this.

Written instructions are below the video:

KNITFreedom - How To Knit Mock Cables
KNITFreedom - How To Knit Mock Cables


MC2 – 2-Stitch Mock Cable: Knit into the second stitch on the left-hand needle. Knit into the first st on the left-hand needle. Let both sts slip from the left-hand needle to the right.

MC3 – 3-Stitch Mock Cable: Knit into the third stitch on the left-hand needle. Knit into the second st on the left-hand needle. Knit into the first st on the left-hand needle. Let all 3 sts slip from the left-hand needle to the right.

CO 8 sts
Row 1 (RS): P1, k2, p1, k3, p1
Row 2 and all even rows: k1, p3, k1, p2, k1
Row 3: p1, MC2, p1, MC3, p1
Row 5: p1, MC2, p1, k3, p1
Row 7: p1, MC2, p1, MC3, p1
Repeat rows 2-7.

As you can see, the 2-stitch mock cable is worked every RS (right-side) row. The 3-stitch mock cable is worked EVERY OTHER RS row.

Here’s a cute and quick pattern that uses mock cables: Mock Cable Hand Warmers

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Expectations are high, seeing as how the best player in the world is on our team…

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During the first two games, the newly-assembled team of Argentinian all-stars from around the world failed to deliver (both games tied 0-0).

Last Wednesday, however, they finally creamed Costa Rica 3-0, which was much more satisfactory.

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  1. Dear Liat
    You are on of the best teacher I have ever met lots of them beeing one myself. the lessons is done in the best and clear way thank you very much. The one on mending socks was so very helpfull to me and others of course, as I am knitting socks for more then 30 years I have lot to mend and I had done it in diffrent ways even with the wodden mushrom I inharited thank you very much for prseanting us with lots of good ways that are so helpfull.
    Have a nice Passover

    1. Lea –

      You are so sweet. Thank you for the very sweet compliments! I’m so glad that my lessons are clear and easy to understand. It’s great to be able to fix your socks, isn’t it? :)

      I hope you have a wonderful Passover, too! (And Happy Knitting.)

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