5 Tips for Knitting Cables

5 quick and easy tips to help you start knitting cables with confidence
Many experienced knitters consider knitting cables as a quintessential skill. However, many new knitters are intimidated by the intricate twists and turns that cabling creates. Put those worries aside because today I'm going to unravel the myth that cables are scary.

Before You Begin

Knitting cables isn't nearly as tricky as most people imagine. To create a cable, you are simply changing the order that a group of stitches is knit. For example, instead of knitting stitches in order 1, 2, 3, 4, you could rearrange them on your needles and work them 3, 4, 1, 2. 

5 Tips for Knitting Cables

Tip #1 - Always use a cable needle that is the same size or smaller than your stitches so you don't stretch them out.

Tip #2 - Always slip stitches purlwise onto your cable needle so they stay properly mounted.

Tip #3 - When you want your cable to lean to the RIGHT, the stitches slipped onto your cable needle will be held at the REAR (or back) of your work.

Tip #4 - When you want your cable to lean to the LEFT, the stitches slipped onto your cable needle will be held at the LEAD (or front) of your work.

Tip #5 - Before using a stitch chart that includes multiple types of cables, use colored highlighters to match the cabled stitches in the chart to the key. It makes it much easier to keep track of your stitches as you work.

See it in Action

Thanks to Skacel for providing the addi FlipStix needles and Schoppel Boots yarn used in this tutorial. These products are available locally at many yarn shops and online at Makers' Mercantile.

Recommended Pattern

If you'd like to make the 'Birch Grove Socks' shown in this tutorial, the pattern is available in my pattern shop.

Pin this Post

5 quick and easy tips to help you start knitting cables with confidence


1 Sock 2 Sock,6,4th Ridge Pocket Scarf,5,announcements,35,Azalea Socks,6,bags and purses,11,Beekeeper Socks,5,Best Worsted Socks,7,bind off,17,Birch Grove Socks,5,Bon Voyage Shawl,8,Burst into Bloom Scarf,5,Butterfly Kisses KAL,9,cables,8,Caretaker Socks,6,cast on,30,Cereus Sweater,8,Clover,3,colorwork,18,Crab Walk Socks,6,crafter thoughts,8,crafts,12,crochet,30,Cubicle Socks Trio,1,decreasing,9,embellishments,4,entrelac,6,essential knitting skills,68,Ewe Ewe Yarns,18,fabric,17,Feeling Loopy Socks,5,finishing techniques,20,fixing mistakes,6,Free Climber Socks,7,gauge,4,Grand Staircase Socks,6,holidays,12,increasing,19,It's All Right MKAL,5,KAL,28,knit,268,Knit Inc Sampler Squares,8,Knit Knot Bag,6,knit wit,9,knitting curiosities,20,Line Drawing Socks KAL,5,Little Birds Phone Pocket,5,Makers' Mercantile,36,Ohmö Shawl,4,Oink Pigments,13,pattern shop,203,patterns,72,picking up stitches,7,Ready Set Go Socks,12,ribbing,11,Riptide Socks,6,Secret Admirer Socks,8,sewing,24,short rows,18,Skacel,178,Slipstream Cardigan,7,socks,118,Solacer Wrap MKAL,3,Spindler Socks,6,stitch charts,7,stitch patterns,10,styles and methods,6,Sundog Socks,7,sweaters and shawls,41,Switchback Socks,5,terminology,8,tips,32,Toe-rific Fingering Socks,1,tutorial,235,twisted stitches,7,Waffle Cookie Socks,5,Wallflower Sweater,9,Whale Done Socks KAL,8,working in the round,32,yarn and fiber,20,YouTube,198,
The Chilly Dog: 5 Tips for Knitting Cables
5 Tips for Knitting Cables
5 quick and easy tips to help you conquer your fear and start knitting cables with confidence.
The Chilly Dog
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content