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Cable Creatures Knitting Patterns

by | Nov 19, 2016 | Accessories, Featured

Knitting Patterns for Cable Creatures. Most patterns are free

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.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Owl Book Cover

Owl Book Cover

Tote designed to protect paperback sized books from damage features cable owl motifs. Can also be used as a tablet cover or small purse. Designed by Megan Lee

Free Knitting Pattern for Owl Cowl

Fledgling Owl Cowl

This cable cowl by Thread Forward is a quick knit in bulky yarn.

Heirloom Bunny Blanet

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat

Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat

Owl cables decorate this cocoon and hat designed by Teresa Cole. Pictured project by Purlificknitter who had some mods.

Free Knitting Pattern for Cable Cat

Cabled Cat

This cable cat corvus corone has a calligraphic style.

Hooties Owl Booties

Designed by Kedi Simposn for newborns.


Free Knitting Pattern for Spider Socks

Spider Socks

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.

Knitting Project for Spider Gloves

This gloves project is by kristinnitsirk

Free Knitting Pattern for Grab and Go Diary Cover

Grab and Go Diary Cover

This journal cover features a pocket for a mobile phone, a slot for a pen, a place to tuck notes under the band on the inside cover, and, of course a cable owl to watch over you. Designed by maggie mair in DK yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern Butterfly Cabled Afghan

© laudanum1964

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)

Free Knitting Pattern for Into the Woods Owl Shawl

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Turtle Motif Cloth - project by anjasworld

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Owl Cup Cozy

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.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Squeaky Mitts

Squeaky Mitts

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Dumber Than Snakes Mitts

Dumber Than Snake Mittens

Wendy Poush says she designed her cable snake fingerless mitts in response to a challenge from a Dilbert cartoon.  Pictured project by bartlebean


GiveaHoot owl mittens knit pattern free

Give a Hoot Mittens

These mittens designed by the Fibre Company feature a unique thumb gusset and a cable owl pattern.

Free Knitting Pattern for Cable Stag


This cable version of a deer with antlers was designed by corvus corone . Pictured hat project by Kristie1983


Free knitting pattern for Hoot Owl Water Bottle Cozy and more owl knitting patterns

© bumblebeas

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.

Photo of owl potholder

Owl Pot Holder

This owl motif block designed by Joan Hamer could also be used for a dish cloth or afghan block.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Owl Cable Fingerless Mitts

Owl Cable Fingerless Mitts

The Fowl Weather Fingerless Owl Gloves features owl cable pattern.

Knitting Pattern for Hidden Picture Neckwarmer

Hidden Picture Neckwarmer

Buttoned cowl with 3 cable owls. Designed by Saranac Hale Spencer. Pictured projects by ArleneL who sewed up the buttonholes a little to make them smaller for the button eyes and kathpol who made the neckwarmer longer and put the button in a different place than the eyes.

Knitting Pattern for Turtle Journey Blanket

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

Knitting pattern for Sleepy Owl Blanket and more cable afghan knitting patterns

Sleepy Owl Baby Blanket

Designed for Amanda Hatcher, cables form owl motifs in this baby blanket. Size 28” X 28” in super chunky

Knitting Pattern for Owl Cowl

Owl Cowl

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.

Knitting Patterns for Animal Vests

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 Hat

“Chouette” in French has a double meaning: an owl and something cool. Toddler, child and adult sizes.

Knitting Pattern Eight Tiny Reindeer Hat

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 Scarf Knitting pattern

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.

See the patterns at Etsy

Knitting pattern for Rib-It Frog Hat and more wild animal knitting patterns

Rib-It Frog Hat

Sizes: Toddler (Medium Child, Medium Adult). Cables form the frog motif in this hat by Knitwise Design

Terry Matz

meTerry 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, 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!

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