episode 1

The Twists & Turns ~ A Cable Tutorial

by Lucy Hall Hartley

 

Cabling is actually one of my favorite parts of knitting. Cables make your project not only more interesting to make, but also to wear.

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This tutorial will take you through all of the twists and turns of cabling, such as common problems, how to design your own cable, how to knit a cable, and more.

 

So read on! There is much to know about cables. Even if you know how to cable, it might be interestingÖ

 

The first thing you do to start your cable is find a cable needle. If you donít feel like going out, (or just canít think of any other reason you should have one) a dpn (double pointed needle) will work fine.

 

Next, you need to think mathematically about your cable. Were will you put it? How many stitches will you use to make the cable (I suggest you use an even number of stitches)? How many rows will you have between each cable row?

 

Now you are nearly ready to start cabling! First you have to decide to have your cable going in the front, back, or alternate between the two. My personal favorite is the cable repeating in the front.

 

Use the tables below to learn how to turn a cable, so you can do all kinds of cool things with cables. Make a cabled sweater, a cabled bag, a cabled scarf, and loads more!


 

CABLE IN THE FRONT - The twist will appear to slant to your left.

1.      Slip the first half of your cable stitches onto your cable needle.

2.      Make sure your cable needle is in front (facing you).

 

  1. Knit the remaining stitches of your cable onto your regular needle.

  1. Knit the stitches that are on your cable needle on to the regular needle.

  1. YOU TURNED A CABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6.††† Repeat when desired.

 

 


 

CABLE IN THE BACK - The twist will appear to slant to your right.

  1. Slip half of the stitches onto your cable needle.

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  1. Make sure your cable needle is in the back (opposite you).

  1. Knit the remaining cable stitches onto your regular needle.

  1. Knit the stitches that are on your cable needle onto your regular needle.

  1. YOU TURNED A CABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. Repeat when desired.

 

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