Knitting: Cable: Hourglass

(worked over 16 sts)

Stitch Explanation:

4-st RPC Sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, k3, p1 from cn. 
4-st LPC
 Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to front, p1, k3 from cn. 
6-st RC Sl 3 sts to cn and hold to back, k3, k3 from cn.


Row 1 (RS) P5, k6, p5. 
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 K5, p6, k5. 
Rows 3 and 11 P5, 6-st RC, p5. 
Rows 5, 7 and 9 P5, k6, p5. 
Row 13 P4, 4-st RPC, 4-st LPC, p4. 
Row 14 K4, p3, k2, p3, k4. 
Row 15 P3, 4-st RPC, p2, 4-st LPC, p3. 
Rows 16 and 30 K3, p3, k4, p3, k3. 
Row 17 P2, 4-st RPC, p4, 4-st LPC, p2. 
Rows 18 and 28 K2, p3, k6, p3, k2. 
Row 19 P1, 4-st RPC, p6, 4-st LPC, p1. 
Rows 20 and 26 K1, p3, k8, p3, k1. 
Row 21 4-st RPC, p8, 4-st LPC. 
Rows 22 and 24 P3, k10, p3. 
Row 23 K3, p10, k3. 
Row 25 4-st LPC, p8, 4-st RPC. 
Row 27 P1, 4-st LPC, p6, 4-st RPC, p1. 
Row 29 P2, 4-st LPC, p4, 4-st RPC, p2. 
Row 31 P3, 4-st LPC, p2, 4-st RPC, p3. 
Row 32 K4, p3, k2, p3, k4. 
Row 33 P4, 4-st LPC, 4-st RPC, p4. 
Row 34 K5, p6, k5. 
Rep rows 3–34.

Note: this is a generic pattern for creating this cable. For a single cable it would be 16 stitches. In the example shown, there is one repeat of the stitch with 8 stitches are on either side, so you'd need to cast on 32 (8 + 16 + 8) stitches and knit 8 stitches before and after the pattern.

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cn = cable needle sl = slip
k = knit rep = repeat(s)(ing)
k2tog = knit 2 together RS = right side
p = purl WS = wrong side
st(s) = stitch(es)  

Stitch directions reproduced with permission, from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary: Volume Two, Sixth & Spring Books, 2005