An Amazing Twist To Knitting!

Chic Knits Mondo Cabled Slouchy Hat Pattern

For new or even experienced knitters, cable knitting can be somewhat intimidating. Since cable knitting patterns can produce beautiful and complex results, many knitters believe that it is beyond their abilities. However, cable knitting is actually far easier than it looks. The idea behind cable knitting patterns is to swap the order that stitches are knit in.

There are a variety of ways to achieve this, but the most common is to use a cable needle or a spare double sided knitting needle to hold the moving stitches on. In other words, if someone wanted to do a simple two by two cable, they would knit until they reached the four stitches to be cabled. Once there, they would take the first two stitches and instead of knitting them, they would put them on a cable needle or DPN and hold them in front of or behind their work. Next, they would knit the next two stitches and then put the original stitches back on the main knitting needles and knit them as normal.

Cable stitches are usually - but not always - knitted, and to provide contrast they are normally knitted on a purl or garter stitch background, rather than stockinette. There are a wide variety of uses for cable stitches, including cable knit scarf patterns, cable knit sweater patterns and cable knit hat patterns, just to name a few. Cable patterns can be as simple as switching a few stitches back and forth to create a small filigree that runs along a piece or as complicated as creating trellis patterns that look like climbing vines.

One of the best ways for someone to get used to knitting with cables is to follow cable knit scarf patterns. These patterns usually create durable scarves that are excellent for keeping warm in the winter. Since patterns are repeated over and over again along the length of the scarf, knitters can get into the rhythm of moving stitches around each other. Additionally, unlike lace, errors in cabling appear within a few rows, so it is easy to rip back and repair a row with a scarf.

Once someone has started to feel comfortable with cabling, they can move on to cable knit hat patterns. Since most hats are done in the round, it can be slightly more complicated to repair errors; however, since hats are small, they are much faster to complete than scarves. Additionally, it can sometimes be easier to keep track of a hat pattern since the knitter is always facing the front of their work.

Finally, cabling experts can try their hand at Aran cable knit sweater patterns. Aran sweaters are made up of complicated sets of cabling patterns knit throughout a sweater. Keeping track of all of the twists and turns can be a chore, but the final result looks like art made of yarn.