19 comments on “Cables

  1. Thanks so much for this and all your other videos. I’m knitting my 1st cable project, a small iPod cover. The pattern assumes you know how to knit cables. As usual, I came here to look for a how-to video and you didn’t disappoint. Your video is clear. My 1st cables look great! Thanks!

  2. Where can I get some cable needles like the ones you use? Also, do you have a pattern for the hoodie that you have on in this video?

  3. I have a question. Whenever I do a project with cables, I end up with ladders on the sides of the cables, even though I didn’t drop any stitches. Any suggestions?
    Thanks 🙂

  4. Grace – that is just a tension issue. Usually the stitches that flank the cable twists are purls. “Yarning forward” to create a purl stitch can leave extra yarn there if you don’t watch the tension, which will leave ladders. If you are using a wool or wool blend yarn, these issues should disappear with washing/blocking.

    Hope that helps!
    S t a c i

  5. Hi Staci

    Earlier today I was watching one of your videos which was showing how to knit a hat using a cable stitch without cable needle. It was just what I needed because this fake cable suited the band which was stretchy and you said the whole hat could be knitted in that stitch.

    Now I can’t find the video anywhere. Could you please help me. If it helps the colour was pink. LOL That might help.

    It was just the style and pattern I was looking for.

    Many thanks for all your help with tutorials. You have taught me a lot.


  6. Do you have a pattern for the pink sweater on your dress form in your Cable video? And can you please do a tutorial for vertical button holes in 1×1 ribbed button hole band? Thanks for your wonderful videos, they have helped me improve my knitting 100%.

  7. Hello Staci,
    First off I want to thank you for teaching me how to knit, I’m in love with it and have made several of your dishrags one for my dishes but also for my grand daughters they love them as washclothes *me too* just perfect and I don’t think I’ll ever have to buy another scrunchy scrubber again because these work so much better, I have a problem tho and was wondering…I’ve knitted the row, done the cabling get to the end and then… what? just pearl back across the back or do I cable into the pearl row????? dear god help lol I have no idea what to do at the end. thanks

  8. Dana – I made this video to demonstrate the technique for cables, but to make them successfully, you should probably follow a pattern.

    S t a c i

  9. When I create cables the stitches in front always stretch out. Any ideas on how to keep the front stitches to guage?

  10. Pamela – it’s sort of the nature of cable stitches to stretch in places, since the stitches are indeed being stretched to create the cable. The best thing you can do is to do your cable projects in an animal fiber yarn (like wool), because these yarns are more “forgiving”. Small tension issues will disappear once you wash and block the finished piece.

    S t a c i

  11. Hi Staci,
    When you’re designing your own item that uses cabling, is there a rule of thumb to how many stitches to increase to accommodate the pulling of fabric?

  12. Brenna – I don’t know of a rule of thumb for that…I think it’s a matter of trial and error, since different cables will pull different amounts.

    S t a c i

  13. Hi Staci,

    Thank you for this video and the many others. I really enjoy watching you and have learnt a lot from you over the years that I have been following your blog. I am currently working on a scarf that has cables but got stuck right away following the pattern. The pattern directs you to start the first row of cables with a C3F*** at the very beginning of the row. This means that when I slip the first three stitches onto the cable needle, my working yarn ends up there and not on my right hand-side needle. I then have found it impossible to knit the next three stitches. I am not sure if I am missing something really obvious or if there is a technique to move up the working yarn without knitting the stitches on the cable needle until it is time or could the pattern be wrong? Everywhere I have looked, cables always have stitches on either side so I am puzzled as to how this pattern calls for a cable twist at the very beginning of a row.

    Any help and direction would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you so much!
    ***These are the relevant instructions from the pattern:
    C3F = cable 3 front (slip 3 stitches purlwise onto cable needle, hold to front of work; knit next 3 stitches off cable needle)
    Cable rows: Row 1: (C3F, K3, P9)

  14. Hi Dominique – yes, that is an interesting question. You’re right, you don’t normally start a cable with the first stitch of a row, as it leaves your working yarn in an awkward place. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered this before. It can be done, but I don’t see how it can be done without scrunching up those first three stitches. I suggest contacting the pattern designer (Ravelry message is a good way) and ask her how she has answered this question in the past. I’m sure she’s had it asked before!

    Good luck to you!
    S t a c i

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