View Full Version : Cables!

03-12-2005, 09:36 PM
Hello all,
So I'm inspired to try cables since hearing from a realtive newbie that they're not really that hard. I can find loads of fabulous patterns, but no sources that tell me how to cable. That is, the pattern will just say C or C6f without an explanation of how to do it. Can anyone recommend any good tutorials, patterns, websites or books that explain this well? Thanks so much!

03-12-2005, 09:53 PM
cables really are quite easy I thought they'd be so tough -- until I learned, and I learned how to do them from Amy's video. Scroll down a bit on her Advanced Techniques (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/advanced_techniques/) page and you'll find the Cabels video under "decorative stitches"

I'd wish you good luck -- but you won't need it.

03-13-2005, 12:12 AM
d'oh! I looked for cables in Amy's videos, but I didn't think to look under decorative stitches! Oh well, I'm sure this will be all the help I need... Thanks!

03-14-2005, 01:10 AM
I watched Amy's video and couldn't tell if I was supposed to do the "twist" row everytime you get to the cable part or not? It sounded like you do 5 regular rows and then a twist row. Is that right?

03-14-2005, 01:26 AM
In Amy's video, yes, it was 5 normal rows of knitting and purling and then the twist, but I assume every pattern would be different and would specify. I have a question as well-- do you really need a cable needle? Couldn't you just use double points in the same size as your working needle? Do cable needles come in different sizes? Please share if there is a benefit to buying seperate cable needles, cuz I'm all about using what you already have...

03-14-2005, 04:39 AM
I learned to do cables myself just last weekend :happydance:
At first I did use a dpn inthe same size as my needles, but it was too slippery(I used a metall one).
Then I saw the dowels I had left-over when making knitting needles...
and began making a wooden cable needle like Amy did in her video! I made it a bit smaller in the middle(took a long time cause I only had sand paper :rollseyes: ). It works great and is cheap too!

03-14-2005, 10:56 AM
Wow! You make your own needles?!?

So, how many rows did you knit/purl like normal? Did you only do one row of twist in between?

03-14-2005, 10:15 PM
I might have posted this somewhere else, but I lost my cable needle (darn cats :evil: )... this (http://www.wendyjohnson.net/knit/cabling.htm) website has directions for making 6-stitch left cables without a cable needle, and this (http://wendyknits.net/knit/cablelesson.htm) site has the same directions but with closer pictures, plus directions for a 6-stitch right twist and a 7-stitch twisted rib cable (funky/pretty/challenging/I know you can do it!)... very useful when you have naughty kitties.

Mom sent me this Pic (my kitties aren't that nice with my yarn)