Mini Cable Stitch

I am a fairly new knitter, and have found a pattern on the lion brand site for a mini cable…
I have tried and tried and tried…until I am screaming…I just cannot get it.
It says the pattern for a single repeat is five stitches.(four for pattern and 1 extra).and there are four rows to do a pattern…
NOw you wouldn’t do just one cable but I finally ended up doing that because I was casting on so many times it was making me nuts…
It goes like this
Row 1 *P1, k3; rep from *, end p1.
Row 2 and 4 *K1, p3; rep from *, end k1
Row 3 *P1, skip 2 sts, k third sst on LH needle, k first st, ksecond st, then sl these 3 sts off LH needle; rep from *, end p1.
You rep these four rows for the pattern…
It is of course row 3 that is driving me up the wall, I k the third st, but when I try to do the first and second st, I have such a twisted mess…I have tried so many times I had to throw the yarn away and start fresh…can someone help me…? :verysad:

here are the instructions just as they are on the Lion site… i don’t get it either but there they are.

Mini Cable
(multiple of 4 sts plus 1)

Note: the instructions below are a generic description of how to execute this stitch pattern. For a single repeat, you’d only need five stitches (four plus the 1 extra) but you’d have a VERY narrow piece! In the example shown, there are eight repeats of the stitch, so to make a swatch that looks like the one shown, you need to cast on 33 stitches (4 x the multiple of 8 stitches plus 1 extra)

Row 1 (RS) *P1, k3; rep from *, end p1.
Rows 2 and 4 *K1, p3; rep from *, end k1.
Row 3 *P1, skip 2 sts, k third st on LH needle, k first st, k second st, then sl these 3 sts off LH needle; rep from *, end p1.

Rep rows 1-4.

Just tried it. For R3, I did P1, K3rd/1st/2nd, P1 and it looks like pic. When you do the 3-st sequence, make sure the wraps you’re making with each st are loose enough to allow for maneuvering the 3.



If it makes it easier to figure out, try this… take a dpn or stitch holder or another needle and slip the first 2 sts off the left needle and hold them out of the way in back (or front - I don’t have the picture) of your work. Then knit the first stitch from the holder, then the 2nd stitch. Mini cable done.


I know it’s been awhile since you posted this, but I thought I would post to help someone in the future (I had to tear it out a few times before I FINALLY figured it out).

my pattern was a bit different (skip 2 sts and knit 3rd st on LH needle, k first st, k second st, slip these off… in other words no P1 first -in other words, no P1 first)

Here’s how i did it.

Slip the first 2 stitches onto another similar sized knitting needle. Pull that needle to the front to get it out of the way. Knit the 3rd stitch. Slide the 2 stitches from the 3rd needle back onto the left needle. Then knit those 2 stitches. (then P1 or do whatever the rest of your row requires.)

**Note… when you slide the 2 stitches back onto the left needle, do it just as you took them off. Don’t try to knit off the 3rd needle.

Hope this helps!