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September 2009

CABLES 101

I have heard over and over again from knitters who say they would love to knit with cables but didn't know how to make them, that cables were complicated and intimidating. This could be further from the truth. Yes, cables can be a little fussy and sometimes time-consuming but they definitely should not be shyed away from. Cables can add a very warm and intriguing look to your project and once mastered can be fun and satisfying.

There are just two basic techniques to forming cables, the Right Slanting Cable and the Left Slanting Cable. When doing cables they are usually made up of an equal amount of stitches and rows (4x4, 6x6 and so on). Here I am using 8x8, 8 stitches and 8 rows to form my cables.

Right Slanting Cable

 

   
Step 1
 
Step 2
 
Step 3

Step 1: Slip the first 4 stitches of your 8 cable stitches to a Cable Holder and place the holder behind your 2 working needles.

Step 2: Once you have done this you are ready to knit the remaining 4 stitches.

Step 3: Now twist your Cable Holder to the left and knit the 4 stitches from your holder.

These three steps reverses the order of the two sets of 4 stitches causing your work to twist thus forming a cable.

Left Slanting Cable

 

   
Step 1
 
Step 2
 
Step 3

The Left Slanting Cable is done exactly the same as the Right Slanting Cable but in Step 1 you bring your Cable Holder with your 4 stitches forward, knit the remaining 4 stitches as in Step 2 and then twist your Cable holder to the left and knit off the 4 stitches, as in Step 3.

Once you have practiced and feel comfortable with making these 2 basic cables you will be ready to start a project perhaps with a little more advanced style of cables, your pattern will guide you along, step by step. So get adventurous and make your projects interesting with Cables. Enjoy.

- Karen Simmons