Cables Are Easy!
Cables are simply the outcome of setting stitches aside and knitting them in a different sequence. The process results in a twist and what we commonly know as a cable. Stitches held in the front create a twist to the left and stitches held to the back create a twist to the right.
Four Stitch Left Twist Cable
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.
To begin the cable, slip two stitches from the left needle to a cable needle and hold to the front.
While those two stitches rest on the cable needle, knit the next two stitches from the left needle.
Knit the two stitches from the cable needle—be careful to knit them in their original order (do not accidentally twist the cable needle around.)
You have successfully crossed two stitches to the left over two stitches to the back.
A finished four stitch left twist cable.
Six Stitch Right Twist Cable
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.
To begin the cable, slip three stitches from the left needle to a cable needle and hold to the back.
While the stitches on the cable needle rest to the back of the work, knit the next three stitches from the left needle.
Knit the stitches from the cable needle in their original order. This may feel awkward and the work will twist.
You have successfully crossed three stitches to the right over three stitches to the back.
A finished six stitch right twist cable.
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 and this helpful tutorial, you’ll be cabling freely in no time.