Tip Tuesday Free Your Cables

July 24, 2018 0 Comments

Tip Tuesday Free Your Cables

This week's Tip Tuesday features how to cable without a cable needle. Always losing your cable needle? Tired of picking up and setting down your cable needle? This technique will free you of those hassles. After a bit of practice it is also much faster; perfect for projects with lots of cables. Scroll to the end for a video tutorial of this technique on my YouTube Channel.

 Intrepid Ardor

Featured above is Intrepid Ardor in yarn from Stunning String Studios

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The basic concept of cabling without a cable needle is to re-order the stitches before working them. This technique works well on cables that are worked over a total of 2-6 stitches. It works well with most yarns. If your yarn is a shiny slippery silk then a cable needle is advised.

 

Set Up

Set Up Step for both Front and Back Cross Cables

Slip the stitches to be cabled from the left needle to the right needle.

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Front Cross Cables

Step 1

Insert the left needle from the front into the stitches on the right needle that would have been placed on a cable needle.

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Step 2

Slip all all stitches that are part of the cable off of the right needle. 2 stitches will be loose. The right needle need only be slipped out long enough to set these stitches free. Immediately reinsert the right needle into the freed stitches.

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Step 3

Slip the Stitches From the right needle onto the left needle. The stitches are now in the correct order. Knit or purl the cable stitches as written in the pattern. 

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Back Cross Cables

Step 1

Insert the left needle from the back into the stitches on the right needle that would have been placed on a cable needle.

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Step 2

Slip all all stitches that are part of the cable off of the right needle. 2 stitches will be loose. The right needle need only be slipped out long enough to set these stitches free. Immediately reinsert the right needle into the freed stitches.

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Step 3

Slip the Stitches From the right needle onto the left needle. The stitches are now in the correct order. Knit or purl the cable stitches as written in the pattern.

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Here's a Video Tutorial!

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