Free knitting patterns for afghans, blankets and throws with designs made from cables or Aran patterns. Several of the patterns are design for super bulky yarn or several strands of yarn knit together to make quick knit projects. Many of the patterns are free. Updated 6/20/23
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Cable and Slip Afghan
Alternating cables framed by slipped stitch borders. Quick knit in bulky weight yarn. Designed by Sherril Steele-Carlin for Cascade Yarns.
Quick afghan blanket with diamond motifs framed with cables and columns of texture. Quick knit in jumbo weight yarn. Designed by Spotlight Australia.
Dancing Cable Afghan
Gorgeous afghan with 3 different cables including Elongated Chain Cable, 8 row Plait Cable, and 30 row Dancing Cable. Written instructions or charts. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Kathy Zimmerman for Lion Brand.
Blanket with a gorgeous cable and texture pattern in a 24 row repeat. Written instructions or charts. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Berroco Design Team.
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Zigging Cable Throw
Chevron eyelet lace panels separated by cables make an lighter blanket that's perfect for cool nights. Written instructions or charts. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Red Heart for Yarnspirations.
Cross Roads Cable Blanket
Lush afghan with 3 different cable panels. Written instructions or charts. Video tutorial included. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Gayle Bunn for Yarnspirations.
Leaves and Twists Afghan
Knit 3 different cable patterns and lace to resemble leaves. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Linda Gloss
Luxurious Cabled Throw
Simple cable with easy rhythmic repeats. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Merri Fromm
Tree of Life Afghan
This may look complex but 64 high-rated reviews from knitters praise this pattern. Pattern consists of three repeated panels. About 48 x 58 in. (122 x 147.5 cm)
Braided Cables Throw
I've knit this blanket and love it! This blanket knitted in Bernat Maker Home Dec features three different kinds of cable braids so you never get bored. Quick knit in bulky yarn.
Braided Cable Throw
Simple stylish cable blanket knit with two strands of Aran weight yarn held together to make it a quick project or you could substitute bulky yarn. Designed by Gena Shaffer
Inspired by the World Tree of Norse Mythology, Lisa Jacobs’ design features a central grove of four trees that grows into braided and leaf lace patterned borders. Three sizes: baby blanket, afghan, and large counterpane bedspread. Pictured project by inthewoods
This throw from Berroco features asymmetric cables on a twisted rib background. Approximately 42” wide x 60” long.
Four Color Cable Afghan
This blanket features a cable pattern and moss stitch in four color sections.
Celtic Knot Afghan
Designed by Nicky Epstein, this afghan combines braided and knot cable patterns. Knit in 3 panels and seamed. Pictured project by knitwisewhite
More Free Patterns
Laura Wilson-Martos designed this a beautiful square baby blanket knit in the round from the center out featuring ambling cables that resemble leaves with touches of lace and a scalloped leaf-lace edging. Size can be adapted. The pictured project is from AlexandriteX
Twisted Taffy Throw & Pillow
Red Heart’s comfy cable afghan knits up quickly because it uses 3 strands of yarn knit together on US 17 size needles. A matching pillow design is included in the pattern. Throw measures 45″ x 56″ (114.5 x 142 cm).
Cabled Cubed Throw
A beautiful way to practice your cables is this pieced blanket of 5 different cable patterns in squares.
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Cable Knit Throw
Red Heart designed this graceful cable and lace design along with timeless textural qualities. Throw measures 43″ x 58″.
Horseshoe Cable Blanket
Cable panels alternate with moss stitch and ribbing. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.
Quilt and Cable Blanket
This design by Cambria Washington for Cascade is a deceptively simple pattern with a cable-wrap worked every 16 rows.
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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). Pictured project by laudanum1964
Brittas Bay Afghan
Modular afghan is knit in pieces with 3 separate cable patterns so it’s a great portable project. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by Lion Brand
Chunky Aran Cable Blanket
By Bernat Design Studio. 50″ (127cm) wide x 55″ (139.6cm) long. Pictured project by heather3783
Berroco designed this throw with braided cables set off with double seed stitch. Approximately 48” wide x 60” long
Pacific Elegance Afghan
Kathryn Simon designed this throw for Cascade Yarns that features cables, lace, and bobbles. Size 48″ W x 66″ L
Cozy Cables Knit Blanket
Designed for Bernat, this cable throw knits up fast with super bulky yarn. Approx. 54″ x 60″
Sleeping Beauty Baby Blanket
Diana Matthews designed this throw that has a stockinette center surrounded by a cable and lace border. The stockinette center knits up fast and stitches are picked up for the border.30″ x 30″ using worsted weight yarn but adapts to other weights.
Cushy Smocked Throw and Tea Cozy
Designed by Yarnspirations with matching tea cozy. Throw: Approx 43 x 50 ins [109 x 127 cm].
Garden Fantasy Afghan
Lion Brand’s fantasy throw is created with triangles and blocks of knitting sewn together. The Counterpane blocks use bobbles, cables and lace to create a beautiful texture. The other blocks are knit in stockinette with leaves, vines, and flowers worked separately and sewn on to stockinette blocks.
Lion Brand’s afghan is made of 12 blocks of cable sewn together. Knit with two strands held together. About 54 x 72 in. (137 x 183 cm)
Shadow Cable Baby Blanket
Designed by Yarnspirations. Approx 36 ins [91.5 cm] square.
Cable and Checks Afghan
Designed by Yarnspirations, a matching pillow pattern is included. Approx 35 x 45 ins [89 x 114.5 cm]. Pillow: Approx 8 ins [20 cm] wide
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Cable throw blanket with cabled medallions, created by intertwined columns of ribbing, surrounded by smaller, feather-like cables. Designed by Danielle Chalson. Worsted weight yarn.
Keltie Cables Blanket
Celtic cable throw or afghan. Includes bonus scarf pattern taken from the blanket’s stitch design. Designed by Donna Brooks. Bulky weight yarn.
Celtic Traveller Baby Blanket or Throw
Blanket in 3 sizes from Baby Blanket to Large Afghan. This cable throw features an attractive pairing of two popular cable stitch patterns nestled closely together in a half-drop style. Small/Baby: 29" x 44" Medium throw: 35 1/2" x 57" Large throw: 41 1/2" x 70" Designed by Apiary Knits. Aran weight yarn.
Generations Cable Blanket
Columns of tree-like cables gives this an heirloom look. Designed by MeridianMade. Bulky or super bulky weight yarn.
Cable Treasure Baby Blanket or Throw
Simple, elegant, cable pattern with stocking stitch and rib borders. Charted and also fully written instructions. Pattern also comes with a little pair of boots to keep bubs feet toasty warm. Designed by OgeDesigns. DK weight yarn.
Lazy Cable Blanket
The ambling cables twist their way slowly across the blanket to add fantastic texture without a lot of work. The afghan includes full written instructions as well as a chart. Finished Measurements: approx. 69" wide x 57" high. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by KnitAndCrochetEvrAft.
Tempting Texture Throw
Easy afghan featuring braided cables in worsted weight yarn
Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans ebook
24 afghan knitting patterns,many of them cable afghans including the one on the cover, knit on large needles.
Double Cable Super Chunky Throw
This 49″ x 64″ (approx.) Super Chunky Double Cable Throw Blanket / Rug is knit using multiple strands of yarn to create a modern over-sized blanket or rug.
Last Minute Afghans
Made as smaller separate pieces that are joined together later, the knit patterns in Last-Minute Afghans are fun, fast and great for on-the-go knitting. Knit with bulky yarn or two strands of yarn knit together.
Reversible Cable Afghan
This knitting pattern is unique for cabled afghans because it’s reversible! It looks just as great on either side! Finished size: 48″ x 58″.
Twisty Celtic Aran Afghan
The pattern contains several traditional Irish knitting motifs – fancy twisted cables, nested hearts, bobbles, and braids. This project is knit in 5 pieces and seamed together at the end for a beautiful bedspread or large throw. Finished dimensions: approximately 50in x 64in