How To Knit A Cable Stitch

How To Knit A Cable Stitch

Expert knitter Rachel Ong shows you how to knit a cable stitch, which looks like a twisted rope and is both decorative and practical.

Step 1: You will need

  • Some thick yarn
  • A pair of large knitting needles
  • A cable needle

Step 2: Cast on

Begin by casting on 18 stitches.

To learn more about casting on see our video 'How To Cast On'

Step 3: Rows 1-4

On row one, purl 6 stitches, knit six stitches then purl six stitches again.

On the next three rows, knit the knits and purl the purls.

Step 4: Rows 5--8

On the fifth row, purl six stitches then slip the first three knit stitches purl wise onto a cable needle.

Let the cable needle with the stitches dangle to the front of your work.

Knit the next stitch on the needle, pull the yarn tight, and knit the next two stitches.

Now knit the first stitch off the cable needle, pull the yarn tight, and knit the last two stitches.

Put the cable needle to one side and purl the last six stitches.

On the next three rows, simply knit the knits, and purl the purls.

Step 5: Row 9

On the ninth row repeat the cable twist with the cable needle once more.

Magically, a cable stitch will appear.

Step 6: Reversing the cable row

Cables can be made to twist in the opposite direction.

Just Follow the same steps and at the point you slip your stitches onto your cable needle, dangle it to the back of your work, rather than the front.