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Cabled Napkin Rings


Cabled Napkin Rings

Cabled Napkin Rings.

Sarah White

Classy Cables :

There's something sophisticated about cables. Even when they're knit from basic cotton, they look sort of fancy and casual at the same time.

That's the idea behind these cabled napkin rings. Like a little black dress, they can be formal when used with your silver and china, but they'd be just as at home at a backyard picnic.

The pattern includes napkin rings with left-slanting and right-slanting cables. Make a set that matches or make two or three of each for a fun look.


  • 10 yards per napkin ring of 100 percent cotton yarn (I used Jo Sharp's Soho Summer in Thyme, color 224)
  • one pair size 7 US (4.5 mm) knitting needles
  • one cable needle
  • scissors
  • yarn needle


Finished size is 1.75 inches wide and 4.5 inches long (before sewing). Gauge is not critical.

Instructions for Left-Slanting Cable:

The napkin ring pictured on top has a left-slanting cable, made by holding the cable needle in front of the work when forming the cable.

The cable is knit in stockinette stitch surrounded by stitches of reverse stockinette.

  1. Cast on 14 stitches.
  2. Knit as follows:
    • Row 1: Purl 3, knit 8, purl 3.
    • Row 2: Knit 3, purl 8, knit 3.
    • Rows 3 and 4: Repeat rows 1 and 2.
  3. On row 5, purl 3, slide four stitches onto a cable needle purlwise and hold in front, knit 4, knit 4 off the cable needle, purl 3.
  4. Continue in this manner, working the cable every fourth row, until piece measures 4.5 inches.
  5. Bind off, cut yarn, and sew into ring.

Instructions for the Right-Slanting Cable:

The napkin ring pictured at the bottom of the picture has a right-slanting cable, made by holding the stitches on the cable needle at the back of the work.

Follow the instructions for the left-slanting cable, but when you get to row 5, slip the stitches purlwise and then hold the cable needle at the back of the work while the other 4 stitches are being knit. Then knit off the cable needle and proceed as established.


Depending on where you end up in the series of rows when you bind off, your cable may or may not look continuous when you sew the ring together. If such a thing is important to you, fold the piece into a ring periodically as you work and decide which row you need to end on to give you the look you like.

These cabled napkin rings can also be made longer for thicker napkins, but more yarn will be required.

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