The cabled lattice is referred to as "basic" because so many other cable-stitch patterns are developed from it. The principle is simply that knit stitches are "traveled" diagonally across a ground of purl stitches, using the cable needle to move them along.
Note that in this pattern the Back Knit Cross and Front Knit Cross may be omitted from Rows 1 and 9, instead working these rows in straight knit and purl stitches as Row 2. In this case the lattice does not cross or "weave", but forms alternating waves which create a pattern known as Hourglass.
Another pleasing variation is made when all knit stitches on the right side are knitted through the back loops, thus being crossed.
Multiple of 8 sts.
Notes: Back Cross (BC)—SI 1 st to dpn and hold in back, kl, then p the st from dpn.
Front Cross (FC)—si 1 st to dpn and hold in front, pi, then k the st from dpn.
Back Knit Cross (BKC)—si 1 st to dpn and hold in back, kl, then k the st from dpn.
Front Knit Cross (FKC)—si 1 st to dpn and hold in front, kl, then k the st from dpn.
Row 1 (Right side)—P3, BKC, * p6, BKC; rep from *, end p3. Row 2 and all other wrong-side rows—Knit all knit sts and purl all purl sts.
Row 3—P2, * BC, FC, p4; rep from *, end BC, FC, p2. Row 5—PI, * BC, p2, FC, p2; rep from *, end BC, p2, FC, pi
Row 13—PI, * FC, p2, BC, p2; rep from *, end FC, p2, BC, pi. Row 15—P2, * FC, BC, p4; rep from *, end FC, BC, p2. Row 16—See Row 2.
Repeat Rows 1-16.
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