Emily Explains: Cabling Without A Cable Needle

With the holidays fast approaching, time is of the essence. One trick for saving time while working anything with cables is to work the project without a cable needle. This works on narrow cables wonderfully. You’ll rarely use a cable needle again!

For right leaning cables (where you would normally slip the first sts onto a cable needle and hold in back) without a cable needle,  you can skip the first stitches and slip your right needle into the stitches that will be on the top of your twist.

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Then slip all stitches in the cable off your left needle. The stitches that are held in back will hang free, but only for a moment.

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Pick up the stitches that are hanging free, the stitches at the bottom of your twist, with your left needle.

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Then slip the stitches that are on top of the twist, the stitches on your right needle, to your left needle.

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Now you can knit across your cable stitches on your left needle.

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For left leaning cables (where you would normally slip the first sts onto a cable needle and hold in front) without a cable needle,  you can skip the first stitches and slip your right needle from the back into the stitches that will be on the back of your twist.

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Then slip all stitches in the cable off your left needle. The stitches that are held in front will hang free, but only for a moment.

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Pick up the stitches that are hanging free, the stitches at the top of your twist, with your left needle.

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Then slip the stitches that are on bottom of the twist, the stitches on your right needle, to your left needle.

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Now you can knit across your cable stitches on your left needle.

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And that’s all there is to it!

If you’d like to follow along, take a look at my how-to video as I demonstrate.

Happy Making,

Emily

 

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