Learn to Cable Without a Cable Needle

Cabling without a Cable Needle

You can create cables without using a cable needle by rearranging the stitches that make up the cable into the sequence they need to be in before you knit them. With a little practice, you can visualize which stitches need to go in front or behind others to create left and right twists.

 

Four Stitch Left Twist Cable

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This chart shows a total of 4 stitches for the cable. The stitches that start on the right are held to the front and will twist to the left when they are knit after the two stitches from the left.

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Slide the four cable stitches off of the left needle. Pinch below these loose stitches to keep them from running.

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Slip the two back cable stitches to the right needle.
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Next, slip the front two cable stitches on to the left needle.
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Return the back two cable stitches from the right needle to the left needle.

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You have just created the cable twist by rearranging the stitches.

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Knit across the stitches as presented.

 

Six Stitch Right Twist Cable

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This chart shows a total of 6 stitches for the cable. The stitches that start on the right are held to the back. The 3 stitches starting on the left will cross to the right when they are knit before the stitches held in the back.

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Slide the six cable stitches off of the left needle. Pinch below these loose stitches to keep them from running.
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Slip the first three cable stitches to the left needle.
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Next slip the remaining cable stitches to the right needle held in front.

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Now slip those stitches back to the left needle. The six cable stitches have been twisted but not yet knit at this point.

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You have just created the cable twist by rearranging the stitches.

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Knit across the stitches as presented.