Knitted cables are a beautiful, delicate-looking type of stitch, utilized in the loveliest of patterns. The question is, how are cables actually worked? Fundamentally speaking, a knitted cable is made by crossing a number of stitches over or under another number of stitches before working them.
Start by casting on 16 stitches. For clarity, in the instructions below, the stitches making up the cable are bold in each row.
Row 1: K1. P4. K6. P4. K1.
Row 2: K5. P6. K5.
Row 3: K1. P4. C6F. P4. K1. See the instructions after the pattern on how to work this row!
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Row 5: Repeat Row 1.
Row 6. Repeat Row 2.
It’s as simple as that! As you can see in the pattern above, there’s only one row out of the total six that even involves anything besides normal knits and purls—easy as pie!
So then, how is the C6F pattern actually worked? Check out the instructions below on how to do it!
That’s all there is to it! After completing the six rows above a few times over, you’ll start to see a lovely cable pattern emerge up the center of the swatch—it’s normal for the cable twist not to look like much of anything until it’s done two or three times, so don’t worry if that’s the case. Just complete rows 1-6 as described above as many times as needed to feel comfortable, and you’ll be ready to start working cable patterns. Happy knitting! LOVE, @sosknittingcompany