Ca­bles have great im­pact and are sur­pris­ingly easy. Here’s how to do them over four stitches.

Knit Today Magazine - - HOW TO -

Ca­ble stitches are known by two dif­fer­ent sets of names, which can be pretty con­fus­ing! To make a left lean­ing ca­ble, you hold half your stitches at the front of the work on a ca­ble nee­dle, so, for ex­am­ple, a four stitch ca­ble like this may be called C4L or C4F. Usu­ally half the stitches are ca­bled and half worked as nor­mal. For odd ca­bles (eg, C5L/F) the pat­tern should tell you what to do with the ex­tra stitch.

1 To make C4L/F slip two sts purl­wise onto a ca­ble nee­dle and hold them at the front of your work. This can be a spare dou­ble pointed nee­dle, or a spe­cial ca­ble nee­dle with a notch in it to stop the stitches sliding off.

2 With the two stitches on the ca­ble nee­dle left ‘in wait’ for a mo­ment, knit the fol­low­ing two stitches on your left hand nee­dle.

3 Now re­turn to your stitches on the ca­ble nee­dle and knit them onto your right hand nee­dle as well. You should now have two twisted stitches that lean left. The pat­tern will tell you when to work the next ca­bled row.

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