Cable Me Beautiful

One of the details that drew me to Thea's wonderful cardigan design was the long row of cabled ribs at the bottom. To top it off, there's a cool little cabling technique about which I knew nothing before this week.


Instead of using a cable needle to hold the unworked stitch, or slipping the stitches off of the needle, twisting, then knitting them, you first knit two together (K2Tog) then you knit again into the first stitch. The whole shebang then goes off your left needle and onto your right. Boom: cable action!

Most of you probably have known all about this technique for years and years. Not me! This is going to revolutionize my cabled projects. Could cabled socks be far behind?


That sweater is beautiful- Looking forward to seeing yours. Isn't that technique great? Makes you want to cable everything...

I'd never heard of that technique either! Pretty cool.

Interesting technique! I like the color for this sweater.

very interesting technique! i wonder if it would work, though, for larger cables. seems like it might be a sort-of cable cheat. i would have to test it out to be sure. sounds like a lot less work though!

That is cool! Thanks for sharing. Another cool way to make cables is the twisted stitch way Nancy Bush uses in her Conwy socks. They're definitely an easy introduction to cables on socks.

I just adore that cardigan. It's so spring-y and pretty.

I've done a lot of cabling and I've never heard of this either!

I've used that technique on socks before. I love the little twisty cables that it generates.

I'm so glad you like the little cables - I've been hooked on them ever since I saw them in a sock pattern a while back.

We call 'em babycables around here. Gleek's right,-they work best with 2 sts i don't think they look as good when you have more.

Am so glad you're having fun with the pattern!

Those 2 st cables would be great on a pair of mittens too! Those metro pass ones come to mind...

I can kind of visualize it. Thanks so much for test knitting this lovely cardigan, making it possible for the rest of us to try out Thea's creation.

Looks grea Colleen:-)

If you are working in the round and do the twist stitch on every round, you end up with a raised vertical twist. That is the technique used in the Nantucket jacket from Interweave Knits.

I've only made two cabled items--a pillow cover and some socks. I enjoy cabling and will be looking for a pattern to use this new technique (for me) in. Thanks!

I am ripping out the cable socks that I started recently and doing them this way instead--I had never heard of this before!! Thanks!

The technique you describe creates twisted stitches, not 1x1 cables... though the difference between the two is a) tiny and b) doesn't affect the front stitch. There's a good explanation of them here:

I still haven't tried twisted stitches, but I want to! They do have advantages. As Sara says on that page, "these stitches pop off a stockinette ground, whereas true cables need reverse stockinette to set them off and would only produce a subtle, puckered effect on stockinette". That's really cool.

I'm using this technicque on an afghan. I "discovered" it in an old book called "The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery," by Mildred Graves Ryan written in 1905, republished in 1979, Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
Try checking out old bookstores for books like this! You'll probably find a lot of interesting pattern stitches.

Holy cow, that's awesome! Thanks for sharing that tip. Now I just have to find a cabled project to try it out on.

Love the twisted ribbing, it adds a lot more interest to a garment.

Wow, that looks great! Barbara Walker's Learn to Knit Afghan Book uses this technique. There are two ways to do it--the one you describe and Barbara..."skip 1 st and knit the 2nd st on the left needle in the front loop, then knit the skipped st in the front loop; slip both sts from the needle together."

I've done it both ways, and your way is my favorite.


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