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