How to Knit a Cable Decrease

Knit a Cable Decrease

Learning how to knit a Cable Decrease is as easy as k2tog. In this tutorial, we will show you how to make a Cable Forward Decrease, and a Cable Back Decrease. However, structurally they are worked the same. This tutorial coincides with our How to Knit Cables for Beginners post. We encourage you to review this post before you begin. 

How to Decrease a Cable Forward

In this tutorial, we are assuming you are working from the previous How to Knit Cables tutorial. 

This is a 4 row Repeat the Cable Row looks like this:
Cable Row: K4, p5, C4F, p6, C4B, p5, k4

To add a Cable Forward Decrease, the beginning of your row will look as follows: K4, p5, (begin decrease) slip 2 stitches onto your cable needle and hold your stitches forward, holding your cable needle and working needle together knit the stitch on your cable needle and the next stitch from your working needle together, next knit the remaining stitch off of your cable needle and the next stitch on your working needle together.  Your cable will have decreased from 4 stitches to 2 stitches.  Anytime you decrease a cable stitch it is decreased by half.  

Cable Forward Decrease
Cable Back Decrease

How to Decrease a Cable Back

The Cable Back Decrease is worked similarly to the Cable Forward Decrease, with the only exception of holding the cable needle to the back of your work.

Picking up where we left off with the Cable Forward Decrease

p6, (begin decrease) slip 2 stitches onto your cable needle and hold your stitches to the back of your work, holding your cable needle and working needle together knit the first stitch on your cable needle and the next stitch from your working needle together, knit the remaining stitch off of your cable needle and the next stitch from your left hand needle together.

Finish your row with the following stitches: p5, k4.

When finished your swatch should look like this. 

Cable Decrease finished

Stay Tuned

We are getting closer to releasing our Free Cable Knit Hat designed with Mary Maxim Starlette Chunky Yarn and are including a detailed video tutorial, so if you are learning to read patterns, make sure to subscribe to this blog and our youtube channel. This pattern includes the following knitting techniques: a beginner cable knitting, the moss stitch decrease, and a cable decrease worked just like in this tutorial. Our next tutorial, will be on the moss stitch decrease.

To complete this project, you will need one ball of Starlette Chunky in each of the 3 colors of your choice. In our next tutorial, we will show you how to decrease the moss stitch.  We chose to go with the classic Sock Monkey colors and made ours with Light Grey, Cottonwood, and Red Wine. Check out the shopping list below, order now so you can follow along with us on our Social Media as we release this free pattern and answer your questions. In the meantime, take a look at this FREE hat tutorial we did last year with Mary Maxim Titan Yarn.

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