The Barrington Braid!

Well, if you’re a member of MWK or if you’ve been following my posts for the past week, you know that I’ve been working on a special braided cable that I made a few years ago. As you probably already know (if you’re been reading), my favorite thing in knitting is cables. I love all kinds of cables, from the ordinary 2 strand straight cables, to the traveling multi-strand braids. Actually, especially the traveling, multi-strand braids. My two favorite designers are Elsebeth Lavold and Alice Starmore because of their work with cables (although Alice has phenomenal fair aisle skills as well!). Elsebeth has a way of creating cables out of thin air and then making them disappear just as quickly that is totally captivating. Alice’s cables are designed from actual Celtic ruins and symbols and has a sense of history running through them that takes you back in time – fascinating. Anyway, I digress. One of my favorite braids is the Saxon Braid. I have made a few scarves with it as the main feature and thoroughly enjoy creating it.

I designed and knit a sweater for a friend a few years ago with the Saxon Braid in mind. Instead of using the Saxon braid though (a 6 strand braid), I decided to add two strands to the outside of it, making it an 8 strand braid. It took a while but I eventually figured out the pattern and made the braid. I can’t stress enough how important it is to write out your patterns as you are doing the designing! I would have saved numerous hours redoing this if I had only done that in the first place. To make a long story short, I recently found out that there is no name for this braid and I can’t find a reference or pattern for it anywhere. After conferring with some friends of mine from MWK and a local knitting group that I belong to, I have decided to name the braid myself. It is now called the Barrington Braid – that’s my middle name. If I find a reference to it and a pattern I will update you all, but it will always be known as the Barrington Braid in my world. As I said it is an 8 strand, 34 stitch braid and is done in stocking stitch with a reverse stocking stitch background. There is a picture of it below with the pattern. Feel free to use it if you like and if you want to float me a donation for making it easy for you, well,who am I to disagree? ;-). The pattern below is for the 48 row version. I am working on a more relaxed 72 row variation for it as well. I’ll have that up shortly (with pictures) as well. In the meantime though, enjoy the Barrington!

The Barrington Braid in the original sweater I designed.

Here is the pattern.

Stitch Glossary:

C4F: Take 2 stitches and place them on a cable needle, holding at front of work. Knit 2 stitches from left hand needle, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle.

C4B: Take 2 stitches and place them on a cable needle, holding at back of work. Knit 2 stitches from left hand needle, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle.

T3F: Take 2 stitches and place them on a cable needle, holding them at front of your work. Purl 1 stitch from left hand needle, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle.

T3B: Take 1 stitch and place it on a cable needle, holding it at the back of your work. Knit 2 stitches from left hand needle, then purl 1 stitch from cable needle.

T4F: Take 2 stitches and place them on a cable needle, holding them at front of your work. Purl 2 stitches from left hand needle, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle.

T4B: Take 2 stitches and place it on a cable needle, holding it at the back of your work. Knit 2 stitches from left hand needle, then purl 2 stitches from cable needle.

For Row 2 and all alternate rows, work your stitches as they appear.

Row 1: (K2, P3) 3x, C4B, (P3, K2) 3x

Row 3: (K2, P3) 2x, T3F, T4B, T4F, T3B, (P3, K2) 2x

Row 5: K2, P3, T3F, P3, C4F, P4, C4F, P3, T3B, P3, K2

Row 7: T3F, P3, T3F, (T4B, T4F) 2x, T3B, P3, T3B

Row 9: P1, T3F, P3, (C4B, P4) 2x, C4B, P3, T3B, P1

Row 11: P2, T3F, (T4B, T4F) 3x, T3B, P2

Row 13: P3, (C4F, P4) 3x, C4F, P3

Row 15: P2, T3B, (T4F, T4B) 3x, T3F, P2

Row 17: P1, T3B, P3, (C4B, P4) 2x, C4B, P3, T3F, P1

Row 19: T3B, P3, T3B, (T4F, T4B) 2x, T3F, P3, T3F

Row 21: K2, P3, T3B, P3, C4F, P4, C4F, P3, T3F, P3, K2

Row 23: (K2, P3) 2x, T3B, T4F, T4B, T3F, (P3, K2) 2x

These 24 rows form the pattern but you don’t see a complete representation of it until after 48 rows so you would have to do all rows one more time. Also, you can start the pattern on row 1 or 13 but I wouldn’t recommend starting on any other row or it just doesn’t look right. I’ll post the 72 row version of this soon. Have fun with it and if anybody asks where you found it tell them Barrington sent you!

Hugzzz 😎

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  1. that’s a magnificent pattern!

  2. Hmmmm, what about a compromise, keep the inner 4 strand KNOT tight, but relax the weave above and below it…..

  3. Mario, I’m not entirely certain I know exactly what you mean but the great thing I’m discovering with playing with cables is that there’s a lot you can do. I’ll try to do what I think you mean a little later and post te results.
    Hugzzz 😎

  4. Wow Steve, that’s an incredible pattern! You’re extremely talented. Happy St. Patty’s Day!


  5. Although I am not a particular fan of knitting cables, this may induce me to give them another try…..It is beautiful. deb

  6. Thanks Deb, I’m glad to be able to inspire. I find doing it without a cable needle makes it pretty painless!
    Hugzzz 😎

  7. Thanks Marie! I hope you had a great St. Pat’s day too!

    Hugzzz 😎

  8. It is incredible, absolutely incredible. I love cabled things. I always think it is my knitter’s ADHD and that ever changing cables (and I guess, lace) are the only things that keep me focused. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. We share something in common Mary Lynn. Thanks for the compliments.
    Hugzzz 😎

  10. As an – – ahem – – older knitter getting back into hand knitting (after years of machine knitting which DOES have its place) I’m jumping in with both feet and having a go at Barrington. Thank you for sharing it with us.


  11. Thanks Marian, please share a picture with us after you’ve finished it. You can e-mail it to me at I agree with you about machine knitting as well.
    Hugzzz 😎

  12. I just used the Barrington Braid in a square on a traveling scarf I am working on.

    I love it!

  13. Wow Bear – thanks a lot – I can’t describe the feeling from knowing someone has liked something I designed well enough to use it.
    Hugzzz 😎

  14. Lovely! I plan to use it on the bottom of the christening gown I’m making for our soon-to-be granddaughter. I’m charting it out with Stitch and Motif Maker.


  15. Thanks Knottybear for sharing the pics of your beautiful scarf. Wondered what the BB would look like in a variegated yarn, beautiful shades of blue!!! Kudos to you and Hugzzz for this adventure.

  16. Catherine, I never thought of that! Very interesting idea indeed … when will you be making one? LOL!
    Hugzzz 😎

  17. Wow!
    Thank you so much for writing out the pattern!

    I’m a beginning knitter and still can’t read patterns. I’ve managed to get the Saxon Braid under control (if i pay strict attention to what I’m doing), so it’s nice to see a new challenge! I’ll add this to the first sweater pattern I’m attempting.

  18. Kelley,
    Thanks for the compliments and congrats on the Saxon. The Barrington is two strands more than the Saxon using the same principle. This might be a bit of shameless self promoting here, but the ebook on this site “Untangling Cables” is great no matter what level knitter you are. It also goes through reading charts and I have gotten nothing but positive feedback about it. 🙂
    Hugzzz 😎

  19. I just started knitting my 15th Poncho and I am knitting your barrington braid and I love it!!! Looks so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing!! Have a great Weekend 🙂

  20. Thanks Ursula. Please send a picture when it’s done!
    Hugzzz 😎

  21. carolyne coleman

    oh my gosh i am totally speechless. your amazing..i have shared this on facebook because all of my friends know how much i love knitting and how hard i been working with test swatch after test swatch on my first ever knitted aran blanket.. my hubby is 6ft 5 so its gonna be a big one. I love your work and i love Dorotas work from Celtic Renegades too. I was lucky enough to receive a ton of patterns from her the other day..I just have to tell you that i have heard about you and only realized just now that you are the infamous MrHugzzz. the pleasure is all mine.. I wish more than anything to understand the whys and hows behind cabling and somehow i ended up with a copy of your cables untangled and i actually test swatch with i can understand it all..i have bookmarked your site thank you also for sharing..that is most kind..most do not..i just want to make my blanket beautiful..(thats why i test swatch so much)..have a wonderful and blessed Easter MrHugzzz and im sending you a big one right now..{{{[[[(((MrHugzzz)))]]]}}}
    crazy4cables carolyne

  22. carolyne coleman

    ps..i totally forgot to tell you that i believe i will be swapping out the saxon braid for my blanket with the Barrington Braid.
    crazy4cables carolyne

  23. Carolyne, thank you very much for the great compliments! I am speechless and extremely flattered. Please do send some pictures of this while you’re making it and when it’s finished. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
    Hugzzz 😎

  24. That is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it. I would like to use it on a coat for my daughter.

  25. Thanks Fara- I’d love to see a picture of it when it’s done!
    Hugzzz 😎

  26. Beautiful work! Very inspiring, hopefully someday I will knit well enough to do something this magnificent.

  27. Thanks Sherry, and I’m sure you’ll be whipping this up in no time!
    Hugzzz 😎

  28. Absolutely gorgeous cable. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  29. Thanks Ellisen! You’re absolutely welcome and I’m glad you like it!
    Hugzzz 😎

  30. This pattern looks amazing. Recently started cable knitting.

    One question about this pattern, you stated “For Row 2 and all alternate rows, work your stitches as they appear. Could you please explain what this means?

    thank you!

  31. Hi Victoria,

    The instruction means that when you see a knit stitch, you knit it and when you see a purl stitch, you purl it. It is also sometimes written as KWYS (Knit What You See). Thanks for reaing and sending in the question. Now others will know what this means as well!
    Hugzzz 😎

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  33. This sounds amazing sue! I’d love to see pictures of the completed project!
    Hugzzz 😎

  34. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your hard work! I’ll be making a new afghan soon I think…. 🙂

  35. Thanks Becca – I’m glad you like it. In the ebook on this site, it shows you how to make a braid of any size you like – which comes in handy for larger projects like an afghan!
    Hugzzz 😎

  36. By “work as they appear” do you mean knit if the stitch below is knit and vice versa?

  37. Yes Susan – if you see a knit stitch, knit it and vica versa with purl stitches.
    Hugzzz 😎

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