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How to Knit - Making a Cable

 

Cables are easy to make. They are simply worked by transferring a number of stitches to a third needle and knitting them in a different sequence. The examples shown here are worked over 6 stitches. Cables can be made over any even number of stitches (for example, 4-stitch, 8-stitch or 10-stitch cables.) A cable row is normally worked on right side rows as indicated in the pattern. A cable needle is used to hold the stitches in place as the stitches are being transferred. 

 

Right (back) 6-stitch Cable
Left (front) 6-stitch Cable
On the cable row, work to the cable and then slip the next three stitches onto a cable needle and hold them to the back of the work.
On the cable row, work to the cable and then slip the next three stitches onto a cable needle and hold them to the front of the work.
Leaving the stitches on the cable needle, knit the next three stitches.
Leaving the stitches on the cable needle, knit the next three stitches.
Knit the 3 stitches on the cable needle without twisting them.
Knit the 3 stitches on the cable needle without twisting them.
A completed cable with two cable rows.
A completed cable with two cable rows.