Sunday, 15 November 2009

Krissie - Cable Leg Warmers

You Will Need
5mm Needles
6mm Needles
2 skeins Sirdar Crofter Chunky
Tapestry Needle
Cable Needle

The Pattern (make 2!)
Using the smaller needles, cast on 40 st (cable cast-on works well)
Rows 1-14: [K2 P2] repeat to end ('K2 P2 rib')

Switch to larger needles and repeat the following 4-row cable pattern 10 times:
Row 1: P6, K4, P2, K1, P2, K8, P2, K1, P2, K4, P8
Row 2: K8, P4, K2, P1, K2, P8, K2, P1, K2, P4, K6
Row 3: P6, C4B, P2, K1, P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K1, P2, C4F, P8
Row 4: K8, P4, K2, P1, K2, P8, K2, P1, K2, P4, K6

Switch to smaller needles and work 14 rows in K2 P2 rib.
Cast off in rib.

Join seam using mattress stitch, work in ends and block.

This is a 'one-size' ladies pattern - should fit most calf sizes.


  1. *Corrections added 07/02/2010*
    Number of st to cast on was wrong (said 42, should have been 40); and there were a couple of P3s in rows 2 and 4 that should have been P4.

    Thanks to Jodi for the feedback.

  2. This pattern is something I would like to knit up, but I'm a bit lost with the C4B and C4F.

    Does this mean, (C4B)place 4 st on Cable needle (CN) to the back of work, knit 4 stitches and then knit the 4 on the CN.

    and C4F, place 4 st on CN, K4, then the 4 st on CN?

    Thank you.

  3. I'm with Marina- a little confused about that part.

  4. Although this person is questioning herself, she is correct. This was from a similar question online:

    "I have worked a cable pattern that worked like this:
    CB4: slip 2 on CN and hold in back, then knit 2 then, purl 2 from CN. Is this how you work C4B? The abbreviations only say "cable 4 to back" for C4B! Unsure if CB4 and C4B are the same thing."

  5. C4B and CB4 are the same thing, from what I can tell. I've been working it like this:

    C4B: slip 2 on cable needle, hold in back. knit 2 on regular needle, then bring cable needle from back to front. knit 2 on cable needle, and continue with pattern.

    Same general idea for C4F.

    It's working well so far - it looks right and I'm not running out of any stitches at the ends of the rows. :)

  6. I think this pattern would make a terrific afghan - but I can't figure out how many stitches to cast on and I would do all the rows with one size needle not quite sure if it would the 8mm or the 10mm - any help would be greatly appreciated.

    1. How big do you want it? do a test square to figure out your stitches per inch, then figure out how many inches wide you want your afghan to be. Do the math to figure out how many sets of 40 stitches you would need to get the width.

      As for needle size:
      It would depend on your gauge. Are you a tight knitter? If so I would go with the 10mm or, if you are like me and a very tight knitter, you may even want to bump up to a larger size.

  7. How does one cabe c4b and c4f one after the other?

    1. I'm sorry no one has answered this in almost a year for you. Break down the steps. C4B is "take two stitches and put them on your cabling needle and hold them in the back, knit two stitches and then bring back the two stitches and put them on the left needle and then knit them onto the right needle."

      The C4F is exactly the same except instead of holding the two stitches on the cabling needle in back you hold them in front. You simply do the C4B first and once you are done with it you do the C4F. If you just do a C4F or a C4B by themselves you get what looks like an X that is two stitches wide on each part. When you do the C4B and then the C4F right after that you get a Y were the two upper arms are 4 stitches wide and the bottom part of the Y fits right into the center of the Y from the prior Y you did.


  8. I was having problems with the pattern because I assumed it was being knitted in the round. After all it is a round finished product why not knit it in the round? This is a result of not reading the full instructions before starting.

    I edited the pattern so I could knit it in the round and avoid having to seam them.

    Cast on 40 stitches. Do a 2x2 rib [k2, p2] for 14 rows.

    Repeat the next four rows 10 times.
    Row 1: P6, K4, P2, K1, P2, K8, P2, K1, P2, K4, P8
    Row 2: P6, K4, P2, K1, P2, K8, P2, K1, P2, K4, P8
    Row 3: P6, C4B, P2, K1, P2, C4B, C4F, P2, K1, P2, C4F, P8
    Row 4: P6, K4, P2, K1, P2, K8, P2, K1, P2, K4, P8

    Knit 14 rows of 2x2 ribbing [k2, p2].
    Cast off.

    I hope people find this helpful. This also makes it possible to take that P14 run and maybe put in some more cabling or details.