Welcome to the Cabled Afghan Knit-Along! Each week we share a new square pattern and help you learn to make it. Watch videos on Creativebug (sign up for a free account to get access to the videos) and see tutorials here on the blog.
This week we will be working on the Seed Stitch Diamonds Square (LW4309-J). You can download the pattern for this square here.
We’ll be working cables you already know: 2 over 2 Right Cross (2/2 RC), 2 over 1 Right Purl Cross (2/1 RPC), and 2 over 1 Left Purl Cross (2/1 LPC). The edges of the cables are in Stockinette stitch, while in the middle of the cables we have seed stitch and between the cables we have Reverse Stockinette stitch.
Wrong side rows on this square different from previous squares. On previous squares, you were able to just knit the knits and purl the purls. On this square, you’ll be working in the same pattern on parts of the wrong side rows, but on others you will need to work in seed stitch. You can always follow the written instructions and/or the chart as much as you need.
In this square, the 2 over 2 Right Crosses serve as the actual crossing points in the cables: if you want to point to where the cables cross, this is where you would point. The Right Purl Crosses and Left Purl Crosses provide the diagonal motion of the edges of the cables.
The start and end of each wrong side (odd) row is knit 3, and the start and end of each right side (even) row is purl 3 to maintain a neat Reverse Stockinette stitch edge. In between the edges there is a 22 stitch repeat that you will work twice.
Let’s start the square! Since Row 1 is a wrong side row, use a long-tail cast-on to cast on 50 stitches (for instructions for the long tail cast-on, see the blog for square F). Edie will only cast on 28 stitches, since she will be working the 22 stitch repeat once instead of twice.
Row 1 begins with knit 3, and then start the 22 stitch repeat with a knit 4. To set up the cable pattern purl 4 then knit 4, purl 2 to start the next cable panel, and then set up the seed stitch by repeating knit 1, purl 1 three times. Next, purl 2 to make the outside edge of the second cable. We’ve finished the 22 stitch repeat. Work the repeat again from the initial knit 4, then knit the last 3 stitches of the row.
In Row 2, purl 3 to get to the start of the repeat. Knit 2 to make the outside section of the cable. The outside edges of the cable stay in Stockinette stitch, while the center sections are worked in seed stitch. Purl 1, knit 1 three times for the seed stitch, then knit 2 to finish the cable. Purl 4 to work the Reverse Stockinette stitch between the two cables.
Next, work a 2 over 2 Right Cross (2/2 RC), which should feel pretty familiar by now. (If you need or want a reminder, Edie does the cross quickly in this video, or you can also see the blog and video for square D.) Work the repeat again, and purl the last 3 stitches of the row.
Row 3 is exactly like Row 1.
Row 4 adds in the Right and Left Purl Crosses. Begin with purl 3 for the Reverse Stockinette stitch on the edge, then do a 2/1 LPC.
To work a 2/1 LPC, put the next 2 knit stitches (the edge of the cable) on a cable needle and move them to the front.
Purl the next stitch, then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle to move the cable edge inward and keep the stitches as Stockinette stitches. It’s time for seed stitch, so knit 1, purl 1 twice. The seed stitch section is smaller than in the earlier rows, since the cables are moving inward. Do a 2/1 RPC by moving the purl stitch to the back on a cable needle.
Knit the next 2 stitches, then purl the stitch off the cable needle to move the other edge of the cable towards the center.
Now we’re at the Reverse Stockinette stitch between the cable sections, so purl 3. Work a 2/1 RPC to move the knit stitches over the purl stitches and immediately work a 2/1 LPC. Purl 3 for another Reverse Stockinette stitch section between the cables, then repeat your 22 stitch repeat once more to the last 3 stitches and purl 3.
Row 5 begins with knit 3, and then another knit 3, purl 2, knit 1, purl 3. Knit 4 for the Reverse Stockinette stitch, then purl 3 (2 purl stitches for the cable edge and one for seed stitch), knit 1, purl 1, knit 1, for the seed stitch section. Purl 2 for the outside of the cable, then knit 1 to finish the repeat. Work the repeat again, and knit 3 at the end of the row.
Continue following the pattern for the 16 row repeat.
Here’s what the cables look like at the end of Row 9 — they’re starting to take shape!
Work rows 1-16 a total of 3 times, then work rows 1-11 once more and bind off on a right side row.
Looking at the completed square, you can see that you worked just one type of cable. The cables are offset from each other by a half-drop, with the starting sections of cables at different points so that the crosses on one cable are lined up with the widest points on the other cable.
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Bias Garter Stitch Square
Basic Cables Square
Snake Cables Square
Checkerboard Cables Square
Stockinette Cables Square
Horseshoe Panel with Twists Square
XO Panels and Ensign’s Braid Square
Honeycomb Trellis Square
Honeycomb and Braided Cables Square
Lattice Cables Square
Putting It All Together