Cabled Hide Away by DROPS Design

Knitted DROPS cushion cover with cables in ”Alaska”.

Keywords: cable, pillow
DROPS 117-50
DROPS design: Pattern no X-333

Measure: approx 48 x 48 cm / 19" x 19"

Materials: DROPS ALASKA from Garnstudio
500 g color no 02, off-white

DROPS POINTED NEEDLES (80 cm / 32'') size 5 mm/US 8 – or size needed to get 17 sts x 22 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm / 4'' x 4''.

DROPS burned wooden button no 511: 6 pcs.


Knitting tension – See how to measure it and why here
Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
GARTER ST (back and forth on needle): K all rows.

PATTERN: See diagrams M.1 and M.2. Diagrams show the pattern from RS.


Worked back and forth on needle. Cast on 86 sts on needle size 5 mm / US 8 with Alaska and work 2 rows garter st, AT THE SAME TIME on last row inc 24 sts evenly on the middle 58 sts = 110 sts. Work next row as follows: 2 edge sts in garter st, M.2 on the next 12 sts, M.1 (= 82 sts), M.2 on the next 12 sts and finish with 2 edge sts in garter st. Continue in pattern like this. REMEMBER THE GAUGE! When piece measures 48 cm / 19'' work 2 rows garter st on all sts (= folding edge), AT THE SAME TIME on first row dec 24 sts evenly on the middle 82 sts = 86 sts. Now continue in M.2 with 2 edge sts in garter st each side. When piece measures 96 cm / 37 3/4'' insert a marker in piece, and when piece measures 102 cm / 40'' make 6 buttonholes as follows: 2 garter sts, M.2 on the next 5 sts, bind off 2 sts for buttonhole, * work M.2 on the next 12 sts, bind off 2 sts for buttonhole *, repeat from *-* a total of 5 times, and finish with M.2 on the next 5 sts and 2 garter sts. Cast on 2 new sts over bind off sts on next row. Continue in M.2 with 2 garter sts each side until piece measures 104 cm / 41''. Work 2 rows garter st on all sts and bind off. Piece measures approx 105 cm / 41 3/8''.

Fold piece by the garter st rows at 48 cm / 19'' and by marker so that buttonholes are on the outside of cover. Sew side seams from RS through all layers. Sew on buttons.

This pattern has been corrected.

Updated online: 08.09.2009
DROPS burned wooden button no 511: 6 pcs.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = K
symbols = P
symbols = slip 3 sts on cable needle behind piece, K3, K3 from cable needle
symbols = slip 1 st on cable needle behind piece, K3, K1 from cable needle
symbols = slip 3 sts on cable needle in front of piece, P1, K3 from cable needle

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS 117-50) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

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Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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5) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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6) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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7) What size should I knit?

If you think it's hard to decide what size to make, it can be a good idea to measure a garment you own already and like the size of. Then you can pick the size by comparing those measures with the ones available in the pattern's size chart.

You'll find the size chart at the bottom of the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read size chart

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8) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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9) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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10) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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11) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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13) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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14) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder (usually closest to the neckline), and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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15) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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16) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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17) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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18) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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19) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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20) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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21) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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22) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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23) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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24) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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25) Why does my garment pill?

Pilling is a natural process that happens to even the most exclusive of fibers. It's a natural sign of wear and tear that is hard to avoid, and that is most visible in high friction areas of your garment like a sweater's arms and cuffs.

You can make your garment look as new by removing the pilling, using a fabric comb or a pill/lint remover.

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Comments / Questions (30)

country flag Debra wrote:

Where can I get this pattern (Cabled Hide Away) in English? Thank you.

18.12.2021 - 15:15

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Debra, click on the scroll down menu below the photo to edit language and choose either UK-English (in cm only) or US-English (inches). Happy knitting!

20.12.2021 - 08:38

country flag Lourdes Flores wrote:

Porque no hacen vídeos ? No todos entendemos los puntos y es mejor en algo súper visual. Las puntadas son hermosas Ojalá lo tomen en cuenta

26.09.2021 - 16:08

DROPS Design answered:

Hola Lourdes, hacemos tutoriales en formato vídeo para aquellas partes que consideramos más complicadas de entender en el patrón. Como entiendes, con el número de patrones que tenemos disponibles no es posible realizar un vídeo tutorial paso a paso de cada uno de ellos. También tenemos en nuestra sección de vídeos muchos tutoriales para principiantes para aprender a trabajar los diferentes puntos.

26.09.2021 - 19:49

country flag Hanne Jensen wrote:

Er det muligt at få et billede af bagsiden af puden.

18.01.2020 - 16:19

DROPS Design answered:

Hei Hanne. Det har vi dessverre ikke. Men om du leser oppskrifte og ser på siden av puten der det er strikket M.2, vil du få et godt inntrykk av hvordan baksiden blir. God Fornøyelse!

27.01.2020 - 13:16

country flag Margret Bermes wrote:

Hallo und guten Abend, Ich denke bei der Anleitung ist bezüglich der Reihenfolge ein Fehler unterlaufen. Sie sagen in dem Diagramm zeigen sich hin- und Rückreihe.. das ergibt aber keinen Sinn. Es sind nur die Hinreihen gezeigt - wie allgemein üblich. Und dieRückreihe muss dann so wie die Maschen liegen. Freundlichen Gruß Margret Bermes Otto Stange Str. 15, 51377 Leverkusen 5

01.04.2018 - 00:50

country flag Vaidehi wrote:

The pattern says to Knit two rows (garter st) and on same time the last row add 24 sts. Can you confirm If I understand this correct: RW1: Knit RW2: knit 16sts, k58 and add 24sts, K16 How to add 24 sts? is it every 2nd st and do I do YO or KFB since its on the WS? The Charts M.1 and M.2 are both to be read bottom right side to top in a zigzag flow right? I am doing cables for the 1st time I dont want to mess with it. Thanks Regards

13.01.2018 - 18:31

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Vaidehi, the 24 stitches "added" in the second row of the garter stitch, increasing the stitches, by making evenly distributed yarnovers. In teh next row, the yarnovers are knitted or purled (according to the pattern) twisted (so there is no holes left in their places. Yesm the patterns are read in zig zag fashion. Happy Knitting!

13.01.2018 - 21:48

country flag Catrin wrote:

Är det OK att ta inspiration av flätmönstret, komponera ihop ett eget mönster på en tröja och dela online?

01.05.2017 - 10:31

DROPS Design answered:

Hej Catrin, ja det må du gerne for privat-brug, så skriver du bare i hvilken DROPS opskrift du har fundet inspiration :)

03.05.2017 - 13:32

Christine wrote:

Doesn't one need to increase 24 after the fold so as to have back & front the same size? Thanks.

26.06.2016 - 16:55

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Christine, after the fold you are working in M.2, ie different pattern the front side of cushion, and there is then no need to inc sts evenly (cables tighten pieces in width, that's why you inc before working M.1 and dec before fold). Happy knitting!

27.06.2016 - 10:00

Marta Baranowska wrote:

I'm not sure, but I think there is small mistake in the pattern and in place where is: slip 1 st on cable needle behind piece, K3, K1 from cable needle should be instead slip 1 st on cable needle behind piece, K3, P1 from cable needle. Am I correct?

14.12.2015 - 13:08

DROPS Design answered:

Wykonałam schemat i jest w porządku, czyli mamy: 'slip 1 st on cable needle behind piece, K3, K1'. POWODZENIA

14.12.2015 - 14:54

Marta Baranowska wrote:

What is the best was to increase in that pattern? YO of other technique? Where the new stitches should be included?

13.12.2015 - 09:58

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Baranowska, you can choose your favorite technique to inc (YO worked into back of loop on next row, Knit 2 sts in 1 st (Kfbl)...). You first K 2 rows, inc are done evenly on 2nd row = from WS. Read more about inc evenly here. Happy knitting!

14.12.2015 - 10:10

country flag Roelanda Bonder wrote:

Ik snap de afmeting niet zo goed, want moet ik na de 1e 48 cm al minderen? dan krijg ik toch een kleiner achterpand en komt het patroon toch niet uit?

14.02.2015 - 12:09

DROPS Design answered:

Hoi Roelanda. Bij 48 cm brei je verder volgens een ander patroon (M.2). De st van dit patroon trekken zich minder samen dan de st van het kabelpatroon. Dus het komt goed. Veel breiplezier verder.

17.02.2015 - 15:54

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