Stitchfinder: Knitting: Cable: Hourglass
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(worked over 16 sts)
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.
Stitch directions reproduced with permission, from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary: Volume Two, Sixth & Spring Books, 2005