Help with Cable knitting

Hi,
I’m new to the forum. So hello to everyone.

Well, I need help with learning how to cable knit.
I saw the video, and am aware of the process of going across one row, but am totally lost as to what happens after.

In other words, as in the video, if you perl the first three stiches, knit the next 6 stitches (while using the cable needle to twist the cable), what happens in the next row? How exactly do you get the nice twirling cable?

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Knitting cables is a lot like knitting ribbing except for the one row where you cross the stitches over. Find a pattern for a simple rib and practice it.
Try this - R 1 - k3, p3, k6, p3, k3. R2 - p3, k3, p6, k3, p3. Repeat these rows 2 more times, 6 rows. Next row - k3, p3, sl 3 sts to an extra needle, let them flow out of the way behind the needle, k 3, then k the 3 on the extra needle, p3, k3. You’ve made a cable! Next row, repeat R 2 and keep going…

sue

the cable twist is usually done in 1 row. you may work maybe 3 rows “normally”, then do the cable row. you will then work 3 rows normally. different patterns call for different frequencies of the cable row.

remember, if it says “cable 6”, you will put HALF that amount on the cable needle. so if the cable is 6 stitches wide, you will put 3 stitches on the cable needle.

to do the twist row using your example:

-purl 3 stitches to make the pre-cable background
-put the next 3 stitches (from the left needle) on the cable needle
-either hold the cable needle to the front of the work (for a left twisting cable) or to the back of the work (for a right twisting cable). your instructions will tell you which side to use. they will say something like “C6L” or “C6R”
-knit the next 3 stitches that are not on the cable needle
-knit the 3 stitches that are on the cable needle, using the cable needle as your left needle (in other words, you are knitting directly OFF the cable needle)
-purl 3 stitches for the post-cable background

that row will create the twist. if you work the next 3 rows “normally”, then do another cable row, you will see the cable emerge.

hth.

your instructions will tell you which side to use. they will say something like “C6L” or “C6R”

Or they may say C6B or C6F, indicating that the first 3 stitches go to the back or the front of the work.

sue

Hi,
Thanks for the reply. But what do you mean by "normally"
So after doing that first row…how do I go about doing the next row?

and btw…what is ribbing? How is that done?

Thanks

Ribbing is alternating purl sts with knit sts, like k2,p2 or k3, p3. Normally would be knitting the next row in the pattern you’re using. In the little sampler pattern I posted, only one row makes the twist/cable, the rest of the rows are the pattern that set up and form the background for the cable. Try doing that pattern on some spare yarn just to practice. CO 18 sts and work R 1 and 2 three times each. Then do the cable row, and work R 2 on the next one after that. Then repeat R 1 and 2 again and on the sixth row, repeat the cable row.

sue

Hi…will do.
I’ll try it out and post the results…Thanks!

Hi,
Thanks for the reply. But what do you mean by "normally"
So after doing that first row…how do I go about doing the next row?

and btw…what is ribbing? How is that done?

Thanks :)[/quote]

sorry. by “normally” I mean non-cable-twist-rows. using suzeeq’s example:

R1 - k3, p3, k6, p3, k3.
R2 - p3, k3, p6, k3, p3.
Repeat these rows 2 more times, 6 rows.

THEN do the cable twist row.

then, as suzeeq wrote:

Next row, repeat R 2 and keep going…

aii. I forgot to say WELCOME, jjykim!!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Yay. I finally managed to cable knit.

The only problem is, after cable knitting, the consistency of the stitches seems to have switched. In other words, if you look at the rows after the cable, they don’t seem to match up with the previous rows of stitching.
In other words, where there should be perl stitches there are knit stitches…if that makes any sense…

What I did was, I followed Suzeeq’s advice in doing 6 rows of ribbing.
When I got to the 7th row, I used a cable needle and did the twisting.
Then I continued on with the patterns she set out in r2… i just wanna know whether i’m doing the right thing…

Thanks.

PS if I want to have two rows of cabling…(i.e. one twisting to the right and one twisting to the left, how many stitches do I need to cast on?

Thanks jodstr2!!! I feel so welcomed…and I’ve only been on for 2 days

looks like those stitches you circled should have been purled on the right side and knitted on the wrong side.
also, the stitches in your pic above the cable twist should have been knitted.

to make a right then a left twist cable, using suzeeq’s instructions as a start:

row 1 (right side): k3 p3 k6 p3 k3
row 2 (wrong side): p3 k3 p6 k3 p3
row 3 (RS): k3 p3 k6 p3 k3
row 4 (WS): p3 k3 p6 k3 p3
row 5 (RS): k3 p3 k6 p3 k3
row 6 (WS): p3 k3 p6 k3 p3
row 7 (RS) (cable “right” or “back” in this row): k3 p3, put next 3 stitches on cable needle and hold to the back of the work, k next 3, k3 from cable needle, p3 k3
row 8 (WS): repeat row 2
row 9 (RS): repeat row 3
row 10 (WS): repeat row 4
row 11 (RS): repeat row 5
row 12 (WS): repeat row 6
row 13 (RS) (cable “left” or “front” in this row): k3 p3, put next 3 stitches on cable needle and hold to the front of the work, k next 3, k3 from cable needle, p3 k3

repeat rows 2-13

hth

hello,
but that’s the thing…
After twisting the stitches to do the cable,
I did R2 which was p3k3p6k3p3…which caused the discrepancy to happen…

since in the previous row (where I twisted the stitches) i started with a knit stich, it’d make sense to start off the next row with a purl stitch…what am I doing wrong…

row 2 is on the WS or back side of your work. so you finish the twist row (row 7), then the next row (row 8, or row 2) you do will be the back side of your work:

p3 k3 p6 k3 p3

purl stitches as viewed from the WS are knits.
knit stitches as viewed from the WS are purls.

thanks so much for all your help!
I finally manage to knit a decent looking cable scarf ^^

Thanks a bunch!