How To Make A Cable Knit Scarf
A knitting expert shows you how to create basic cable-knit designs, which you can modify to do any number of different projects with cable-knitting, such as sweaters and scarfs.
I'm going to show you how to make a cable in knitting. It's very straightforward. A lot of people are intimidated by making cables, but they're very easy.
Cabling is a very versatile technique that can be used to make cable-knit scarves or jumpers or anything that you want to have that lovely twisted texture. To make a cable, the easiest way is to use a cabling needle. This is a cable needle.
They come in several different shapes, but this one works very well. The cable needle doesn't need to be the exact same thickness as your knitting needles, but one that's a little bit closer will work most easily. So, cabling is literally just changing the direction of several knitted stiches, so that you're reversing, so for example with this cable, the cable itself is the center six stiches in this piece of knitting.
So we're going to take these three stitches and these three sitches, and we're going to reverse their order so that they're twisted, and that's how you form a cable. Usually, cables are made with knit stitches that stand out against a background of purl stiches, and you can see how we have a row of two purls, a column of two purls on either side of this knitted cable. So I'm going to show you how to make that cable.
So we'll just knit across to the cable. We've got two knit stiches at the end, two purls, and if you wanted to make a scarf, all you would have to do is maybe cast on double this number. So we've got two, four, six, eight, ten, twelve.
we've got fourteen stitches here, so if you cast on twenty-eight, you would get something about that wide.
If you wanted to do a wider scarf, you would cast on another fourteen stitches and you would repeat this knit two, purl two, this is knit six for the cable portion, purl two, knit two. So I've knitted and purled across to the cable stiches, and what I'm going to do is to take the first three of those cable stitches and slip them on to the cable needle, one, two, three, and I'm going to let that cable needle hold it in front of the knitting. Where you put your cable needle is what determines the twist of the cable.
So if you hold it in the front, it twists in that direction, if you hold it in the back, it twists in that direction. So, in this case, we're holding it in the front. If you're following a pattern for a cable knit scarf, it will tell you in which direction it wants you to hold the cable needle.
So, these three stitches are held in reserve, and we're going to ignore them and knit the next three stitches in the row. So I'm just stretching across using a little bit of a tight tension to avoid a hole, and I'm going to stitch the next three stitches just letting that cable needle dangle, okay? So, those three are finished, and now, we're going to pick up the cable needle and we're going to use it like our left hand needle to knit these three stitches directly from the cable needle on to the right hand needle. So, I'm knitting these three.
You have to sort of twist your work a little to get those stiches around, and your left handle needle can just dangle, okay? The twist is made and then we just finish the row, and as I said, if you want it to be wider, you just cast on some multiple of fourteen and then you'll do knit two, purl two, knit six for the cable portion, purl two, knit two. You won't make that twist every time you come around to these stiches. You'll allow a certain number of rows in between.
If you want there to be more space between the twists, you would just knit these stitches like normal. If you want there to be fewer, you only let a few rows go by and then you'll make your twist again. If you make it every row, the twists will be too close together, and you won't be able to see the cable clearly.
You can also do more than six if you wanted to. You could do a four by four cable where you had eight total stitches in the center and you did four stitches crossed over one another. Or you could do two by two if you w