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
Fledgling Owl Cowl
This cable cowl by Thread Forward is a quick knit in bulky yarn.
Heirloom Bunny Baby Blanket
Stacylynn Cottle designed this adorable blanket with cable and bobble bunnies to grow with the child from crib to toddler bed and possibly beyond.
Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat
Owl cables decorate this cocoon and hat designed by Teresa Cole. Pictured project by Purlificknitter who had some mods.
This cable cat corvus corone has a calligraphic style.
Hooties Owl Booties
Designed by Kedi Simposn for newborns.
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
Wise Owl Hat
Butterfly Cabled Blanket
Joan Barnett designed this breathtaking cable afghan for Red Heart with 4 different cable patterns and a Bramble Stitch border. 58 x 66″ (147.5 x 167.5 cm)
Into the Woods Owl Shawl
This half-round lace shawl combines cable and lace stitches to form forest motifs. Deisgned by Marva Maida. Pictured project by Ancalima
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
Dumber Than Snake Mittens
Give a Hoot Mittens
These mittens designed by the Fibre Company feature a unique thumb gusset and a cable owl pattern.
This cable version of a deer with antlers was designed by corvus corone . Pictured hat project by Kristie1983
Hoot Water Bottle Cozy
Robyn Wade designed a hot water bottle cover with owl cable motifs that you can embellish with embroidery, buttons, and more to make it your own.
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
Sleepy Owl Baby Blanket
Designed for Amanda Hatcher, cables form owl motifs in this baby blanket. Size 28” X 28” in super chunky
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
“Chouette” in French has a double meaning: an owl and something cool. Toddler, child and adult sizes.
Eight Tiny Reindeer Hat
This creative earflap hat features a lacy pattern that looks like Santa’s eight reindeer. Great for the holidays or all year one.
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.
Owl Phone Case
Cables form an owl in this sleeve.
Rib-It Frog Hat
Sizes: Toddler (Medium Child, Medium Adult). Cables form the frog motif in this hat by Knitwise Design
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!