Cable Look-Alike

By Tabetha Hedrick

I recently discovered a super-fun stitch that is perfect for any number of projects, especially pieces that need a good dose of firmness, texture, and depth. It is so unique, in fact, that I haven’t been able to track down what this stitch is actually called! It mimics a wrapped stitch, but doesn’t. It almost looks like a cable, but it isn’t. All I know is that you are going to enjoy it!

For today, I am calling the stitch a “Wrapped Increase” and here’s how you work it:

Step 1: Work to where the wrapped increase will go. Insert your right-hand needle between the 2nd and 3rd stitches.

Step 2: Wrap your yarn around as if to knit and pull the new stitch back through to the front. This is the wrapped increase stitch.

Step 3: Keep the wrapped increase on the right-hand needle, in front of stitches 1 and 2.

Step 4: Knit the next 2 stitches as normal.


 Cable look-alike, steps 1-4.

This is what the wrapped increase looks like when worked:



Continue working your pattern as normal, and then on the wrong-side row:

Step 5: Work until 1 stitch before the wrapped increase loop. Purl 2 together (you are decreasing that stitch into Stitch 1 from the right-side row). You can see in the next image what the decrease will look like.



Here’s a simple stitch pattern utilizing the Cable Look-Alike stitch, worked over a multiple of 4 sts (making it VERY easy to memorize and work). Perfect for afghans, washcloths, scarves, hats, or cowls, you’ll enjoy this interesting stitch.





Tabetha HedrickTabetha lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment, especially when it comes to fiber. Surrounding herself with yarn through knitting, designing, spinning and teaching ensures that blissful continuity. For patterns and class schedule, visit her website at

4 Responses to Cable Look-Alike

  1. tokeberry says:

    I like this, it would prolly make a good hat stitch too.

  2. Sharon O'Shea says:

    Dear Tabetha,

    I found something similar in an old German Knitting book “Die Kunst des Strickens by 3 Pagen Aachen (The Art of Knitting), they called it “Kommamuster” = comma design.

  3. lorrie hughes says:

    McCalls used to put out a stitch dictionary i think i may have see this stitch in there.

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