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