In both knitting and crochet I find that I just love to work using certain stitches. Earlier I mentioned that the V-stitch is my favourite stitch in crochet. The mock cable has been my favourite in knitting for years. It is such a versatile stitch. It is easy and quick to knit and looks like a real cable. You can use it in almost anything from socks, hats and mittens to baby blankets, cardigans and mini skirts. False cables can also replace ribbing in many projects like sweaters, socks and cardigans.

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The blue sock above has been knitted in cotton stretch yarn. It has some cotton, some wool and stretchy polyester. It lasts endless washes without pilling or looking worn. You can get cotton stretch yarn here.

Mock cables work so well in socks, the socks are not tight but stay on well. I don’t have patterns for these socks, I have just knitted plain socks the way I always do, without using any pattern. My mother taught me to knit socks when I was eight! I’m afraid I have been using the same basic way of knitting them ever since, just putting whatever colours or stitches in.

Mock cables can be knitted in many different ways. This one has an eyelet in the middle. It is made with one yarn over.

Here’s the tutorial video for knitting mock cables. Below it there is a knitting diagram, if you prefer to learn stitches that way.

Tutorial video for mock cables


Chart for knitting mock cables


= knit on the right side, purl on the wrong side

round-sign-knitting-chart = purl on the right side, knit on the wrong side

knitting-chart-symbol-round-outlines   = yarn over

= slip the first stitch, knit 2 stitches. Pass the slipped stitch over the 2 knitted stitches.


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