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Old 03-11-2008, 06:01 PM   #1
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Start Using Cable Stitches?
How does one go about starting to use cable stitches. I was looking at cable patterns I have in this one book, and it just got me so confused
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Old 03-11-2008, 06:52 PM   #2
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Cables are a lot simpler than they look--a knitter's secret.

Practice on some simple ones. Cabling is just knitting stitches out of order. They are usually done in stockinette with reverse stockinette in the background to help them stand out.

You don't really need a special cable needle--a double pointed needle works fine. For a simple 6-stitch cable, slip 3 stitches onto a 'cable needle' and let that just hang in the front (or back) Knit 3 from your regular needle, then knit the 3 from the cable needle. Voila! A cable cross. You work a few rows of stockinette between the crosses.

Amy has video on how to do a cable.
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Old 03-11-2008, 08:11 PM   #3
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About.com has simple cable swatch patterns.
http://knitting.about.com/od/knittin...left_cable.htm
http://knitting.about.com/od/knittin...left_cable.htm

That will get you to understand a simple cable. You can build from there.
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:25 AM   #4
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I'm doing my first cabled pattern and using one of my bamboo dpn as a cable needle, which works great. I've noticed, however, that in the last few rows, I've managed to pick up two extra stitches inside the cable. I'm off to frog, but am wondering what I might have done wrong at the last twist?
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Old 03-13-2008, 06:16 PM   #5
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You may be wrapping your working yarn accidently over the needle or splitting your yarn.
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Old 03-13-2008, 06:35 PM   #6
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I love to do cables! They're easy and they look fancy >>>
but I do have a suggestion! Learn how to un-knit them so that if you make an error in the middle of one, you can go back and fix it.


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Thanks everyone, at the moment I don't have any double pointed needles (I know, how can I live?) But I will probably go to the store this weekend.
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:17 PM   #8
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They say you can use a toothpick instead of a double-point. Never tried it though, as I have cable needles to use.
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Even a paper clip can work for a cable needle. I learned that when I lost my cable needle a while back.
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I have used a dpn in the past. Currently, I'm using a crochet hook and it works great too.
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