Heraldic Cable Pattern – an exercise in futility!

Inspired by a design from one of our Heraldic books, I slowly mapped out a pattern on graph paper. Then decided it would be nice worked in cables, not one of my best ideas, it turned out to be a steeper learning curve than I was prepared for.

It looked nothing like this on paper, although I’ve knitted a lot of cables, what I hadn’t realised when designing cable patterns is that you need an extra row, so what were neat little diamonds have ended up all elongated.

I really should have stopped after a few rows, but I thought I’d finish the pattern, publish it…then run off screaming to lie down in a dark room…this will take me days to recover from. Good luck to anyone who tries to knit it!

For the pattern…

Abbreviations
k – knit
p – purl
st/sts – stitch/stitches
ktbl – knit through back loop
ptbl – purl through back loop
T3B – slip next st onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then purl st from cable needle
T3F – slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, purl next st from left-hand needle, then purl st from cable needle

Cast on multiples of 18 sts +3

Row 1: *P1, ktbl1, p7, ktbl3, p6* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 2: K1, ptbl1, k1 *k6, ptbl3, k7, ptbl1, k1* repeat to end.

Row 3: *P1, ktbl1, p6, k1, ktbl3, k1, p5* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 4: K1, ptbl1, k1 *k5, p1, ptbl3, p1, k6, ptbl1, k1* to end.

Row 5: *P1, ktbl, p5, T3B, kbtl1, T3F, p4* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 6: K1, ptbl1, k1 *k4, p2, k1, ptbl1, k1, p2, k5, ptbl1, k1* to end.

Row 7: *P1, ktbl1, p4, T3B, p1, ktbl1, p1, T3F, p3* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 8: K1, ptbl1, k1* k3, p2, k2, ptbl1, k2, p2, k4, ptbl1, k1* to end.

Row 9: *P1, ktbl1, p3, T3B, p2, ktbl1, p2, T3F, p1* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 10: K1, ptbl1, k1 *k2, p2, k3, ptbl1, k3, p2, k3, ptbl1, k1* to end.

Row 11: *P1, ktbl1, p2, T3B, p3, ktbl1, p3, T3F, p1* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 12: K1, ptbl1, k1 *k1, p2, k4, ptbl1, k4, p2, k2, ptbl1, k1* to end.

Row 13: *P1, ktbl1, p1, T3B, p4, ktbl1, p4, T3F* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 14: K1, ptbl1, k1 *p2, k5, ptbl1, k5, p2, k1, ptbl1, k1* to end.

Row 15: K1 *ktbl1, T3B, p5, ktbl1, p5, T3F* repeat to last 2 sts, ktbl1, p1.

Row 16: P1 *ptbl1, p2, k6, ptbl1, k6, p2* to last 2 sts, ptbl1, p1.

Row 17: *Ktbl3, k1, p6, ktbl1, p6, k1* repeat to last 3 sts, ktbl3.

Row 18: Ptbl3 *p1, k6, ptbl1, k6, p1, ptbl3* to end.

Row 19: *Ktbl3, p7, ktbl1, p7* repeat to last 3 sts, ktbl3.

Row 20: Ptbl3 *k7, ptbl1, k7, ptbl3* to end.

Row 21: *Ktbl3, k1, p6, ktbl1, p6, k1* repeat to last 3 sts, ktbl3.

Row 22: Ptbl3 *p1, k6, ptbl1, k6, p1, ptbl3* to end.

Row 23: K1 *ktbl1, T3F, p5, Ktbl1, P5, T3B* to last 2 sts, ptbl1, p1.

Row 24: P1 *ptbl1, k1, p2, k5, ptbl1, k5, p2, k1” to last 2 sts, ptbl1, p1.

Row 25: *P1, ktbl1, p1, T3F, p4, ktbl1, p4, T3b* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 26: K1, ptbl1, k1 *k1, p2, k4, ptbl1, k4, p2, k2, ptbl, k1* to end.

Row 27: *P1, ktbl1, p2, T3F, p3, T3B, p1* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 28: K1, ptbl1, k1 *k2, p2, k3, ptbl1, k3, p2, k3, ptbl1, k1* to end.

Row 29: *P1, ktbl1, p3, T3F, p2, ktbl1, p2, T3B, p2* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 30: K1, ptbl1, k1 *k3, p2, k2, ptbl1, k2, p2, k4, ptbl1, k1* to end.

Row 31: *P1, ktbl1, p4, T3F, p1, ktbl1, p1, T3B, p3* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 32: K1, ptbl1, k1 *k4, p2, k1, ptbl1, k1, p2, k5 ptbl1, k1* to end.

Row 33: *P1, ktbl1, p5, T3F, ktbl1, T3B, p4* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 34: K1, ptbl1, k1 *k5, p2, ptbl1, p2, k6, ptbl1, k1* to end.

Row 35: *P1, ktbl1, p6, k1, ktbl3, k1, p5* repeat to last 3 sts, p1, ktbl1, p1.

Row 36: K1, ptbl1, k1 *k5, p1, ptbl3, p1, k6, ptbl1, k1* to end.

These 36 rows form the pattern.

© Shana Rae 2016

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. PaperPuff says:

    But it looks really pretty! I would love a cosy wrap in this pattern.

    1. Shana says:

      Thank you 🙂 I did intend to turn it into a more useful pattern, mebbe one day!

  2. It really does look pretty, but I’m glad I don’t knit any more, so I won’t need to run screaming, too! Lol

    1. Shana says:

      There’s nothing like a good scream after a day slaving over a pair of hot sticks lol 🙂

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