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25 april, 2007

Today I needed a demo swatch to teach a student how to cable without a cable needle.  This swatch has four 4-stitch cables -- the first 2 twist to the left and the last 2 twist to the right.  The cables cross every right side row for maximum demonstration opportunities.

Although in the past I've used Grumperina's approach to cabling without a cable needle, I found Wendy's approach to be slightly more intuitive to cabling newbies.  Of course you, experimental reader, must try both and select the one that best suits your style.

Yarn: Jamieson's DK
Needles: US 6
Stitch: 4-stitch cable; 2 left twisting and 2 right twisting.
Techniques: Cabling without a cable needle.

April 25, 2007 | Permalink


I've been cabling the way Wendy does it. I hadn't heard of the method Grumperina uses. Wouldn't that first stitch you knit get awfully big because of the long float between the last uncabled stitch and the first cabled one?

Posted by: Liz | Apr 25, 2007 9:19:07 PM

I have only done two cabled projects, but I love cables so I want to learn the cable-needle-less version. Of course, I also want to teach myself to knit using the combined method...

Posted by: Chelsea | Apr 26, 2007 9:51:49 AM

You're so right. I love that second choice. That's how I fix cable when (even I) make a mistake.
Grumperina's seemed to be cheating somehow and I was never sure the stitches didn't want to just give up and slide away.
I never had a problem until I lost my beloved wooden cable needle. Now I can go at the next project with a new trick.

Posted by: Angie | Apr 26, 2007 6:15:00 PM

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