More Cable Stitches

Working cables into my projects is something that I love to do, and indeed it has become a specialization for me, so I find great pleasure in being able to help you to learn these stitches. Last time we went over basic knitting stitches and how those are preformed. This time we are going to go over how to make a diagonal either going left or right in cable stitches.

Important abbreviations:

LHN: Left Hand Needle

T3F: Twist 3 forward

T3B: Twist 3 back

The abbreviations for these stitches tend to change, I have seen quite a few but I like T3B and T3F for the simplicity and it helps me remember what I am doing. Also, it is the closest to regular cable knitting abbreviations.



The first step is to take the next two stitches on the LHN and slip them onto the cable needle and hold them in front.

T3F purl 1

The second step is to purl the next stitch off the LHN.

T3F purl 2

Purling off the LHN.

T3F knit 1

The third step is to knit the stitches off of the cable needle.

T3F knit 2

Knitting off the cable needle. Note that the cable needle is still being held in front of the work.

T3F Knitting 3

Knitting off the cable needle.



The first step for T3B is to place the next stitch on the cable needle and then place in the back of the work.


This is what the back of the work should look like.

T3B purl

The final step is to purl the stitch off of the cable needle. Again notice that the needle is still being held behind the work.

T3B knit

The second step is to knit the next two stitches off of the LHN.

When you are done what you end up with is this:

Finished Cable

The edges are curly due to the reverse stockinette background. To fix this you would generally either border the cable in ribbing or garter stitch. Alternatively you could always wet block the project when you were finished.

This pattern, if you are interested in using it for practice, is as follows:

CO 16

R1: P

R2: K

R3: p6, k4, p6

R4: k6, p4, k6

R5: p5, T3B, T3F, p5

R6: k5, p2, k2, p2, k5

R7: p4, T3B,p2, T3F, p4

R8: k4, p2, k4, p2, k4

R9: p3, T3B, p4,  T3F, p3

R10: k3 p2, k6, p2, k3

R11: p2, T3B, p6,  T3F, p2

R12: k2,  p2, k8, p2, k2

R13: p2, k2, p8, k2, p2

R14:k2, p2, k8, k2, p2

R15: p2, T3F, p6, T3B, p2

R16: k3, p2, k6, p2, k3

R17: p3, T3F, p4, T3B, p3

R18: k4, p2, k4, p2, k4

R19: p4, T3F, p2, T3B, p4

R20: k5, p2, k2, p2, k5

R21: p5, T3F,  T3B, p5

R22: k6, p4, k6




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