Knitting Cables - Beginners Guide

A few weeks ago I decided it was time for me to learn a new skill that I found to be intimating, which happened to be knitting cables.

I think what made this stitch seem so complicated was the limited resources explaining what a cable stitch actually is and how you can modify it to your liking. I am a designer so my brain needs to understand the concept fully before I can go on making patterns using this technique. I hope that I am able to explain this stitch well enough so that you all are able to come out of this confident in your new found skill and even have the ability to modify this stitch to your liking.

Key Points -

  1. Purl stitches are only used to exaggerate the cable. Purls are not needed but helpful, you can add as many as you’d like to the surrounding cable stitch.

  2. There is no set rules on how thick your cables needs to be. My example uses 6 stitches (splitting 3 stitches per twist) but you are free to use any number. Keep in mind the larger the number the larger the twist.

  3. There is no set rule on how many rows need to be worked between cable twists. If you want a shorter cable work less rows. If you want less twist and elongated cable work more rows between each twist.

  4. When working in stockinette you are simply working the opposite stitches as the front, keep in mind this does not apply to working in the round.