Who Doesn't Love To Cable Knit!?

Cabled Cardigan Knitting Pattern

If you are a knitter, you're probably already aware that there are a variety of ways to knit. From regular knit and purl patterns, to lace, to colorwork or to cabling. Cable knitting can seem intimidating, especially for newer knitters, but this type of knitting is rather straight forward. The idea behind cable knitting patterns is that you will knit two or more stitches out of order so that you are able to criss-cross them, which creates a variety of new patterns and stitch combinations.

There are many different ways that cable knitting patterns can be accomplished. A knitter does not need advanced tools to engage in cable knitting; all that is needed is an extra knitting needle or cable needle to hold the stitches that are being moved so they do not slip off the knitting needles. When someone goes to knit a simple two by two cable stitch, they take two stitches and put them on the cable needle, or extra knitting needle and hold them either in front of the current knitting or behind it. Then they skip the stitches that are being held and knit the next two stitches. At this point, the first two held stitches are put back on the working needle and these two stitches are knitted. This creates a twisted or cabled stitch.

Twisted or cable knitting can create tiny motifs that can be used for small objects such as socks or large motifs that can be applied to cable knit scarf patterns or cable knit sweater patterns. For cable knit sweater patterns, cables can be applied over the entire body of the sweater or only have one running cable down the side of the sweater as an accent.

Most cable knit scarf patterns will have a variety of different cable stitches that line up next to each other, creating an undulating wave of stitches from the top to the bottom of the scarf. Alternatively, other scarf patterns have a cable stitch that is extravagant and large enough to cover the scarf from one side to the other. Most cable knit hat patterns use one repeated cable stitch that is slowly decreased until the top of the hat is reached. Other options for a cable knit hat patterns involve having a cable stitch that goes around the brim of the hat sideways, but this would cause the hat to have to be sewn together instead of being knitted in one piece.

If you are looking for a new way of creating amazing knitted projects, consider cabled knitting.