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Faux Cables Socks
These socks feature slipped stitches and twisted stitches creating a design that looks like cables. Worked from the top down with a heel flap and gusset. Only one color is used per round. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by imawale imawale. Available in English and French
Lacy Mock Cable Dishcloth
A 16 row repeat lace pattern that looks like cables but isn't can be used for dish cloths, afghan blocks, or as a stitch pattern on other projects. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Vaunda Rae Giberson. Pictured projects by suecrafty and TheClaySheep
No-Cable Cable Scarf
Scarf knit with a latticework design that mimics the look of cables. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Purl Soho.
Fingerless mitts with a 12 row repeat lace pattern that mimics the look of cables. 3 sizes. Uses 1 skein 120 - 137 yards (110 - 125 m) of the recommended DK weight yarn. Designed by Anna Zhuravleva.
Piles of Pistachio
The 4 round repeat pistachio stitch used in this hat gives the look of cables while maintaining a stretchy fit. The pistachios are created by pulling elongated loops up from rows below current working row and is a great way to highlight variegated yarns. Used 1 skein 200 - 230 yards (183 - 210 m) of the recommended Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Wren Couture.
Leaf of Life Scarf
Lace scarf knit with a 10 row repeat lace stitch that looks like a cable. Designed by Lena Skvagerson. Aran weight yarn. Featured in Knit and Crochet Now and also one of the patterns in Learn-a-Stitch Knit Scarves.
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Bright Sparks Hat
Beanie knit with a 4 round repeat faux cable and rib pattern. Sizes S, M and L. Uses one skein 130 - 218 yards (119 - 199 m) of DK weight yarn. Designed by Elizabeth Nihoniho.
Angie Hoodie Cardigan
Hooded cardigan jacket knit with a 4 row repeat Eyelet Mock Cable stitch. Sizes Bust (buttoned): 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)". Aran weight yarn. Designed by Melissa Leapman for Cascade Yarns.
Sigga Baby Vest
Sleeveless baby pullover knit in a 4 row repeat Mock Cable stitch. Sizes 0-3 (6-9) 12-18 (24) months. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Sanne Bjerregaard for Filcolana. Available in English, Danish, and German
Pullover poncho with a 4 row repeat Keyhole Mock Cable stitch detail down front and back. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Julie Gaddy for Cascade Yarns.
Scarf knit with a 4 row repeat lace combination of Eyelet Mock Cables and a Zig Zag stitch. Web pattern is free. A printable pdf is available for purchase. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Rachel Carson Hill.
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Mock Cable Socks
Cuff down socks with heel gusset and a mock cable eyelet lace pattern on cuff. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by JoAnne Turcotte.
Twisted Palindrome Cowl
Cowl knit as a 6 row repeat Mock Cable and lace stitch. Cowl is knit flat and then folded and seamed. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Julie Gaddy for Cascade Yarns.
Mock Cable Baby Hat and Blanket
Easy matching baby blanket and hat set knit in a 4 row repeat mock cable eyelet stitch. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Pam Bledsoe for Cascade Yarns.
Mock Cable Cardi
This cardigan fits American Girl Dolls as well as most 18” dolls. The mock cables featured on the front panels mirror each other. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Robin Lynn.
Faux Cable Fingerless Mitts
Sandi Rosner designed these dainty wristwarmers with a stitch pattern that looks like cable but isn’t.
More Free Patterns
Sweet and Cozy Baby Blanket
Striped baby blanket knit with an 8 row repeat mock cable (no cable needle needed). Size Blanket measures 30" (76 cm) x 38" (96.5 cm) . Aran weight yarn. Designed by Corey Small.
Soft As A Cloud Cowls
Cowl knit as a 4 row repeat Mock Cable and Spiral Rib. Versions also included for only Mock Cable and only Spiral Rib. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Purl Soho.
Virtual Cable Poncho
This poncho is knit flat in one piece and seamed. Knit with stockinette rib and a 4 row repeat mock cable pattern. Worsted weight yarn on US size 7 needles. This pattern seems easy to me though it may be a little confusing for a beginner.
Trailhopper Baby Hat
Earflap baby hat in stockinette with mock cable ribbing and I-cord ties. Sizes Newborn-3 mo (6-12 mo, 12-24 mo). Uses just 1 skein (230 yards) of the recommended yarn. Designed by Rachel Brockman. Note that the Crosscut sweater pattern is also free - link on my Baby Sweater pattern post.
Loopy Lace Scarf
This scarf features a reversible 4-row repeat lace honeycomb stitch and a loop to keep it in place! Designed by Katie Harris. Pictured project by crumbgrubbers
Gear Stick Sock
This gear shift cozy by imawhale protects your hand freezing in the winter or burning in the summer.
No Lo Sé Shawl
Crescent-shaped lace shawl that knits up in no time, starting at one tip and gradually growing larger, featuring a garter stitch section, mock cable eyelet section, and a lace section. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Renate Siebke for Knotions.
Devant la cheminée
Mona NicLeoid’s legwarmers feature a simple faux cable pattern and cute ruffles. FYI, the name of the pattern means “In front of the chimney” in French though the pattern is in English.
Augusta Fingerless Mitts
Fingerless mitts knit with a 4 row repeat mock cable stitch. Designed by Lena Gjerald. Uses one skein 164 - 219 yards (150 - 200 m) of Sport weight yarn.
Ribbed Ear Warmer
Kate Morgan’s headband features ribbing and faux cables in a pattern that takes less than half a skein of the recommended yarn. Pictured project by crazyartfarm
Double Rib Toddler Hat
This child's earflap hat comes with 2 options – striped or 4 row repeat mock cable. Both feature ribbing and ear flaps with ties. Sizes 1-2 years, 2-3 years Designed by Torunn Espe. Rated easy by Ravelrers. DK weight. Available in English and Norwegian
Book Ends Scarf
This easy scarf features a 2 row seed stitch in the middle with 4 row repeat Mock Cable pattern on both ends, and finished with fringe. Rated easy by the designer. Quick knit in Bulky yarn. Designed by Yarnspirations.
Warm Cafe Latte Wrizzies
Fingerless mitts knit with aa mock cable texture that looks like coffee beans. Designed by Synnøve Skavhaug Løvås. Aran weight yarn. Pictured projects by bug and the designer
Coffee Beans Socks
Socks with a mock cable texture inspired by coffee beans. Knit cuff down with a short row heel. Designed by Jutta Schneider. Pictured projects by Patchpage and designer
Hat, Scarf, & Wrist Warmers
Mock cable matching hat, scarf, and arm warmers knit in a 4 row repeat twisted stitch that doesn't use a cable needle. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Sarah Murray
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Cocoa Beans Set
Matching hat, neck warmer, and mittens with a textured pattern inspired by cocoa or coffee beans. Designed by DROPS design. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Sofia Baby Onesie
Sleeveless romper with mock cable details on the yoke and and ankles and buttons on the straps. Sizes 3 (6-9) 12-18 months. Designed by Sanne Bjerregaard for Filcolana. Fingering weight. Available in English, Danish, and German
Coffee Bean Cowl
No cable needle needed! Easy buttoned cowl knit flat with a 4 row repeat mock cable stitch shaped like coffee beans. Designed by Woolly Smile. Rated easy by Ravelrers. DK weight yarn. Pictured projects by designer and mischapinguin.
Pendere Cable Blanket
Throw with a faux cable created with a showy decrease technique, knit in jumbo yarn. Designed by Laura Cunitz. One Size, 42" x 52" but flexible.
Patterns for Purchase
Theme and Variations Cape-let
Cowl neck poncho or capelet knit with mock cables and mock eyelet cables so no cable needle is required! 4 variations included for different weights of yarn. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Sally J. Cline.
Bear Lake Cowl
Reversible infinity scarf with panels of ribbing and mock cables knit with double strands of Aran yarn. Designed by Quenna Lee
Curved Hems Vest
Flattering vest with curved edges and mock cables that radiate outward on the fronts and create a tailored upper back. Sizes 35 (39 3/4, 41 3/4, 45 1/4, 49 1/4)" bust circumference. DK weight yarn. Designed by Wei Wilkins
Faux Cable Slouchy Hat
Slouchy hat knit with wide brim of mock cable rib. DK weight yarn. Designed by haloopajoop.
Margo Poncho for Adults or Children
Pullover poncho open at sides and buttoned together. Worked flat in two pieces (front and back). Both the front and back feature an easy faux cable stitch pattern that is fun and interesting to knit. The back piece is longer than the front, creating a more modern silhouette. Two versions: Adult version sizes S/M (L/XL). Child version sizes 4-5 (6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15) yrs. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Elizabeth Smith.
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