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How to Knit Cables

How to Knit Cables

Cables can add much interest and variety to your knitting  and are formed by stitches changing places with adjacent stitches.The stitches to be moved are slipped onto a cable needle and held at either the back or front of your work while the adjacent stitches are worked.

Traditional cables are used in Aran patterns but they can be adapted for use in many other knitting designs and used in panels along side many other stitches.

how to knit cables
How to Knit Cables learn how to add an attractive cable stitch to your knitting

Working a Cable twist to the Left.
1, Work until the position of the cable is reached. Slip the next 3 stitches onto a cable needle and leave at the front of the work. Knit the next 3 stitches on the left-hand needle.

2, Slip the 3 stitches from the cable needle back onto the left-hand needle in readiness to be knitted. Or bring the cable needle into the position of the left hand needle in readiness to be knitted.

3, Knit the next 3 stitches from the left-hand needle or cable needle, 3 stitches have been crossed to the left in front of the stitches to the right.This 6 stitch cable is called cable 6 front and is abbreviated as C6F in patterns.

how to knit cables
how to knit cables

Working a Cable Twist to the Right.
1, Work until the position of the cable is reached. Slip the next 3 stitches onto a cable needle and leave at the back of the work. Knit the next 3 stitches on the left-hand needle.

2,Slip the 3 stitches from the cable needle back onto the left-hand needle in readiness to be knitted. Or bring the cable needle into the position of the left hand needle in readiness to be knitted.


3, Knit the next 3 stitches from the left-hand needle or cable needle, 3 stitches have been crossed to the right in front of the stitches to the left.This 6 stitch cable is called cable 6 back and is abbreviated as C6B in patterns.

how to knit cables
how to knit cables

Using 2 Cable Needles.

1, Work until the position of the cable is reached. Slip the first 3 stitches onto a cable needle and leave at the back of the work, then slip the next 3 stitches onto a 2nd. cable needle and leave at the front of the work.

2, Using the right- hand needle knit the next 3 stitches on the left- hand needle.

how to knit cables

3, Still using the right- hand needle knit the 3 stitches from the 2nd. cable needle.

4, Then knit the 3 stitches from the 1st. cable needle.

how to knit cables
how to knit cables

5,3 stitches from the left have crossed behind the 3 centre stitches and in front of the 3 stitches from the right. 3 stitches from the right have crossed to the left at the back. This is called a 9 stitch cable and is abbreviated as C9 in patterns.

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