This is a dense cable having the same basic structure as Double Cable, but with the cabling rows closer together and one additional stitch in the center. The same Wheat Ear pattern may be worked on a panel of 13 sts, with a 9-stitch cable (reading "2" for "3" in Row 3.)
Panel of 17 sts.
Row 1 (Right side)—P2, kl3, p2. Row 2—K2, pl3, k2.
Row 3—P2, si next 3 to dpn and hold in back, k3, k3 from dpn, kl, si next 3 to dpn and hold in front, k3, k3 from dpn, p2. Row 4—K2, pi3, k2.
Repeat Rows 1-4. VARIATION: REVERSE WHEAT EAR CABLE
Work the same as Wheat Ear Cable, except exchange the words "back" and "front" in Row 3. This variation is useful for making a classic Wheat Ear in a garment worked from the top down; or it may be done in reverse fashion from the bottom up if the knitter prefers.
left: Plait Cable center: Little Plait Cable right: Reverse Plait Cable or Branch Cable left: Plait Cable center: Little Plait Cable right: Reverse Plait Cable or Branch Cable
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