The open cable stitch is sometimes called the traveling cable stitch. To make open cables, you use basic cabling techniques and cross stitches over the background. To work an open cable, you simply cross stockinette stitches over one or more background (usually purl) stitches.

To knit the open cable, you need to use these techniques:

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  • Back cross: Sl next p stitch to cn and hold in back, k2, p the stitch from the cn.

  • Front cross: Sl next 2 sts to cn and hold in front, p1, k2 from cn.

Knit the open cable pattern:

  1. Cast on 11 sts.

  2. Follow this stitch pattern:

    Rows 1 and 3 (WS): K3, p2, k1, p2, k3.

    Row 2: P3, sl next 3 sts to cn (1 p st and 2 k sts) and hold in back, k2, sl next p st back to LH needle and p it, k2 from cn, p3.

    Row 4: P2, back cross, p1, front cross, p2.

    Row 5: K2, p2, k3, p2, k2.

    Row 6: P1, back cross, p3, front cross, p1.

    Rows 7 and 9: K1, p2, k5, p2, k1.

    Row 8: P1, k2, p5, k2, p1.

    Row 10: P1, front cross, p3, back cross, p1.

    Row 11: K2, p2, k3, p2, k2.

    Row 12: P2, front cross, p1, back cross, p2.

  3. Repeat Rows 1–12.