I’m fascinated by cable motifs that look like animals such as owls, rabbits, snakes, spiders, mice, etc. or natural objects. These motifs can be used on blankets, hats, mitts, and more.
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Fingerless mitts with a cute bunny cable. Designed by Karen Hoyle. DK weight yarn.
Cable Owl Slippers
Cozy slippers to fit women from a size 6-13 and men from sizes 7-12 featuring an owl cable motif. Designed by Janis Frank. Aran weight yarn.
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
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.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get the recommended yarn at Etsy
- See more Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns
Arachnid Throw Pillow
This cushion features a large spider cable motif. Designed by Jessika Lane using a stitch by Barbara Walker. Pictured project by morag56. Worsted weight yarn.
Owlie Sleep Sack and Hat
Owl cables decorate this cocoon and hat designed by Teresa Cole. Pictured project by Purlificknitter who had some mods.
- Get the free knitting pattern for the sleep slack
- Get the free knitting pattern for the hat
- More Sleep Sack Knitting Patterns
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
Fledgling Owl Cowl
This cable cowl by Thread Forward is a quick knit in bulky yarn.
Entomology Sling Purse
This bag features a large spider cable motif. Designed by Jessika Lane using a stitch by Barbara Walker. Worsted weight yarn.
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.
Owl Fingerless Gloves
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.
More Free Patterns
Sizes: Ladies S, M and L
- Get the free knitting pattern designed by Julie Elswick Suchomel
- Get the yarn recommended by the designer, madeleine tosh sock
Into the Woods Owl Shawl
This half-round lace shawl combines cable and lace stitches to form forest motifs. Designed by Marva Maida. Pictured project by Ancalima
Dumber Than Snake Mittens
Wise Owl Hat
- Get the free knitting pattern on the Internet archive
- See the Ravelry page
- Get the yarn recommended by the designer
- See more Beanie Hat knitting patterns
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.
This cable cat corvus corone has a calligraphic style.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the pattern incorporated into a blanket
- See more Cat Knitting Patterns
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.
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the gloves project by kristinnitsirk
- See Barbara Walker’s Treasuries of Knitting Patterns
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
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
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. Pictured project by bumblebeas
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
Tahesha the Dragoness
Dragon created from cables, short rows and other stitches. This panel can be added to a variety of knitting projects such as sweaters, hats, blankets, and more. Designed by Ina Wendrock. Pictured projects by the designer and SINessi. Available in English and German
Top Owl Baby Blanket
Designed by TheLonelySea, cables form owl motifs in this baby blanket. Two sizes -- 61cm x 86cm/ 24in x 34in. 76cm x 117cm/30in x 46in. in chunky weight yarn
Silken Spider Mitts
These fingerless mitts feature a cabled spider dropping down on its web silk on a reverse stockinette background. Fingering weight yarn. Designed Elevate Fiber Arts. You can also get it free with a yarn purchase from the designer.
Cable owls, seed stitch, and stockinette create a cozy pullover wrap for children and adults. 4 sizes: 4-6yrs, 7-10yrs, teen/adult and large adult. Chunky weight yarn. Designed by TheLonelySea
Owl Cable Fingerless Mitts
The Fowl Weather Fingerless Owl Gloves features owl cable pattern.
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
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.
- See more pics and get the knitting pattern on Interweave
- Also available in Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2012
- See more Neckwarmer Knitting Patterns
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.
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.
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.
Rib-It Frog Hat
Sizes: Toddler (Medium Child, Medium Adult). Cables form the frog motif in this hat by Knitwise Design