Cable Creatures Knitting Patterns
I’m fascinated by cable motifs that look like animals or natural objects. These motifs can be used on blankets, hats, mitts, and more.
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Terri Knight adapted Barbara Walker’s large spider pattern for these socks. Pictured project by kitman
Other knitters have adapted this design for gloves, mitts, and handwarmers.
Sizes: Ladies S, M and L
Embossed Turtle Motif Cloth
This clever design by SmarieK takes some skill but it will be worth it. It uses front crosses and back crosses with the cable needle. Knitters have incoporated this motif into blankets, sweaters, fingerless mitts, potholders, as well as dish cloths. Pictured project by anjasword.
Owl Cup Cozie Free Pattern
Wide awake owls keep your cup warm and your hands cool. This cable pattern could easily be adapted to decorate blankets, cardigans, and pillows.
Melanie Gall’s gerbil-inspired motif can be used on fingerless mitts and mittens but also has been adapted for hats and more. Pictured project by mimouna
Give a Hoot Mittens
These mittens designed by the Fibre Company feature a unique thumb gusset and a cable owl pattern.
Patterns for Purchase
A simple cable owl in stockinette stitch is framed by seed stitch. Quick knit in bulky yarn, this neckwarmer takes only a few hours according to the designer.
Turtle’s Journey Blanket
This baby blanket by Heather Anderson features 3 sections to represent baby sea turtles making their way from sand to sea – a textured stitch for the beach, the section for the baby turtles, and a wavy lace pattern for the ocean. Pictured project by gatonero
Quick Animal Vests
Instructions for bear, bunny, owl, and cat motifs. For extra cuteness the pattern includes the motifs for the back so you can knit a bunny with a pompom tail or kitten with a tail on the back of the vest. Rated very easy by Ravelrers. Pictured owl vest by alicep1222. Pictured bunny vest by JenniferChristine
Owl Ways Scarf
Finished Dimensions 7” (18 cm) wide, 48½” (123 cm) long excluding tassels, blocked
8 Bunny Patterns
This set includes a bunny hat, 3 types of mittens, 3 types of cup cozies, and a spa cloth, all featuring a cute little cable cottontail. Patterns are also available individually.
Hissy Fit Snake Mitts
These clever cable fingerless mitts from Dragonbird Creations come in two sizes. Dragonbird Creations does do custom orders of knitting projects if you’d prefer to have them knit for you.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!