Hi everybody,

In the course of developing some cables for a sweater I'm designing, I created an 8 strand cable pattern. When I googled it I couldn't find reference to it anywhere. I found out that a 5 strand braid is called a Celtic Princess braid, and a 6 strand is a Saxony (a very popular one). There are no names for the 7 and 8 strand that I can find. I'll try a 9, 10, ... later, but for now, does anyone know of names for the 7 and 8 strand braid? Here's a picture of the 8 strand done loosely and then tighter.

Hugzzz 8-)

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cool! ;)

albert's picture

Don't know what it's called, but it's quite beautiful!

vsidart's picture

Very pretty!
I've always heard the larger (6+) cables referred to as "Saxony" or if they're tighter (less or no purls in between) plaited...
Nice work!

ronhuber's picture

Beautiful. It is yours to name!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is a very lovely pattern Even if there is a formal name for it, there are plenty of precedents for you to call it whatever you want. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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TheKnittingMill's picture

It looks PURDY...I loves me some cables! I really like how you made one "rope" of the braided cable in seed stitch!


Kenny's picture

It's called the Malcolm Pleated Braid.

Iacobvs's picture

Who cares what it's called. It looks beautiful. Reminds me of elfish runes. Why not call it the Hobbit, or Tolkien, or Middle Earth?

Tom Hart's picture


CRobertK's picture

Beautiful work! I especially love it in the red. The cables stand out a bit more in the red and appear to have more depth and richness to them!

I looked through all of my books tonight for you. I do have several that show examples of cables and nothing describes any cables over 6 in a braid. A few of books I have I thought for sure would have had them were Knitting in the Old Way (nice book by the way), Big Book of Knitting (another very useful reference knitting book), and even one I've had since I first learned to knit Beginner's Guide to Knit Stitches & Easy Projects (this one did show the 6 strand Saxon Braid).

If anyone wants more information on any of these books including authors, publishers, ISBN, etc, I'd be happy to share.

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mrhugzzz's picture

Wow - thanks guys! I am overwhelmed with the support. I was thinking of putting a name to it, but wanted to make sure it wasn't already out there. CRobertK, great books. I have the first two and have browsed through the last one. Yes, the Saxon Braid is very popular ... I'll write out the pattern and put it on my blog ( on Friday (too busy before that). I'll put both variation on there as well. Thanks for the suggestion KC - maybe I'll run a column for name suggestions ...

Hugzzz 8-)

Joe Moore's picture

I concur with Tom - Wow!