SOTW 6: Basic Cables (2 cable rope)

In knit, Stitch Of The Week on 05/09/2009 at 12:00 PM

Okay, cables are more of a technique than a stitch and there are about a billion different ways to utilize them but this week I plan on explaining basic cables and how to read the abbreviations for cables. Cables are a type of knitting where stitches are being moved into a different order before being knit either by transferring them to a cable needle (DPN’s of the same size also work well, and in my experience lower the chances to dropping stitches off the cable needle) or by simply moving the stitches around on the needle before knitting (video link).

Though cables can vary in design and complexity there are two basic cables that are the foundation of all cable designs; the left slanting cable and the right slanting cable.  When creating a left slanted cable the cable needle will be held in front of your work and when creating a right slanted cable the needle will be held to the rear of your work. I remember this by associating the “r” in right with the one in rear.

In reading the abbreviation for a cable there are two main things to look at, first the number of stitches involved in the cable and second the direction. Once you are comfortable reading this information you will be able to tackle any complex cable pattern.  This week I am going to focus on a two cable braid with six stitches per cable. This would be abbreviated as 6-st LC or 6-st RC. The number six lets you know that you will bring half of the stitches (3) onto the cable needle and then hold it to either the front (LC) or back (RC) of the work.

To obtain the 2 cable braid using 6 stitch cables you would cast on 9 stitches (because we want the middle three stitches of each cable to be shared (6+6-3=9)).

K all of row’s 1+5;

P all WS rows;

Row 3: 6-st LC, K3

Row 7: K3, 6-st RC

Repeating this 8 row pattern would give you a 2 cable rope/braid.


Cableing without Cable Needles

  1. […] Keeland is Gaelic for little and slender, the perfect description for this his cabled bracelet. Keeland  is  also extraordinarily versatile and can easily be turned into an anklet, necklace, headband or even straps for a bag. All you have to do is keep repeating the cable pattern until the desired length is reached. Instructions are included for a 2 and 3 cable braid. For detailed instructions on how to create a basic cable please read this entry. […]

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