29 September 2009

How to knit a cable

The following tutorial shows how to knit a basic front cable stitch on a small knitted swatch for practice purpose.
The knitting abbreviation for this particular cable stitch is; C6F = Cable 6 front

1. Slip the next 3 stitches onto the cable needle,
2. Hold the cable needle in front of the work,
3. Knit the next 3 stitches from the left hand needle onto the right hand needle.
4. Then knit the stitches from the cable needle onto the right hand needle.

you will need
to be able to cast on
do knit stitch
do purl stitch
a small amount of left over yarn
one pair of knitting needles
one cable needle (or you can use a double pointed needle)

to start
Cast on 14 stitches.
Row 1; Purl 4, Knit 6, Purl 4.
Row 2; Knit 4, Purl 6, Knit 4.
Row 3; as row 1.
Row 4; as row 3.
Row 5; Purl 4, C6F, Purl 4. (Row 5 is shown in the following pictures).

Keep repeating rows 2-5 to practice the stitch.

Row 5; Purl 4 stitches, then  
1. slip the next 3 stitches onto the cable needle

2. Hold the three stitches in front of the work.

3. Knit the next three stitches from the left needle to the right needle.

4. Knit the three stitches from the cable needle onto the right hand needle.

Purl the remaining 4 stiches from the left needle to the right, Row 5 is completed.

Continue knitting Rows 2 to 5 and repeat as many times as needed to practice C6F.


Eiriel's Eclectics said...

Yes, immensely helpful!
I now need to find time to practise...

CreatedandFelted said...

Really good tutorial- great clear photos.

Hand knitted Things said...

Thank you both, it's always good to find out if things make sense and instructions are clear.

Denise said...

Thanks Julia!

Your photos were exactly what I needed and the directions made it a snap !


Hand knitted Things said...


That's great! Have fun knitting!



strikk handknits said...

lovely tutorial. great photos. really clear and easy to understand :-)

Wife.. Mom... etc.. said...

helped me immensely.. Thanks!!!

imagesofnormandy said...

Superb clear instructions...I'm there & taking on a project in cable stitch...so thank you!