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Emily Explains: Fixing a Cable

I am very lucky to be surrounded by talented makers here in the design studio. Whenever I am at a loss for a how-to video idea they jump to my help. ( Thank you, guys! ) Alison suggested a technique to help fix a mistake you find a few rows after you twist a cable the wrong way. I’ve made this mistake plenty of times, so I was eager to learn how! The technique involves isolating the stitches that are involved with that cable and dropping those stitches down to where the mistake occurred. This works best when the mistake has happened relatively recently in your knitting.

I swatched the cable pattern for Hagen in Kodiak to practice this technique. I love this pullover!


Follow along as I demonstrated dropping stitches to fix the mistake in my cable.


I hope this helps you in various cable patterns you are knitting. I know I am excited to know this time-saving technique!

Happy Making!




  1. I had to do this three days ago! According to your video, I nailed it! (I had to go down 8 rows to get to the incorrectly twisted cable and, at one point, I missed picking up the fourth stitch in the row. I had to drop that stitch back down again to fix it…so my word of advice is to be sure that you have picked up the stitches for every row before proceeding.)

  2. At first watching you pull out just that part I was nervous I thought oh no. .A good piece of chocolate and I saw it to the end. WOW. The chocolate was good and so were you. THANKS I think of the times I had to pull out. Now I will keep my eye on my work so I can go back and use this if I ever need to. Thanks again. P.S. Your camera person did a great job too.

  3. This error happened to me last week and I ripped out the entire front down to the mistake – and then re-knit it. How much easier it would have been to use your technique. Thank you… and I’ve learned now to look for internet help with a problem!

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