How to Knit Cables

In this video you’ll learn how to knit cables. You’ll either need a cable needle (two different shapes are shown in the picture above) or can simply use a double pointed needle. Your pattern will tell you the “recipe” for the cables you’re going to knit. As a general matter, you will slip some stitches onto a cable needle and hold the needle to either the front of back of your work (as the pattern directs,) then continue working a set number of stitches from your main needle, then work the stitches from the cable needle.

  • If you hold the stitches to the back, that will create a right leaning cable.
  • If you hold the stitches to the front, that will create a left leaning cable.

While cables are one of the stitches that really make knitting fun, the good news is they’re also fairly straightforward once you understand how to knit them. Check out the following video to learn more:

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The following patterns include cables:

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