Cabling means making your knitted stitches travel, twist around, and cross each other to make gorgeous, textured designs. Reading cable charts is an added challenge for the intermediate knitter, but is worth the trouble to learn. You can make cables with or without an added tool which is a cable needle.

Video Knitting Course: Mastering Cables

Anyone can knit cables - just cross your stitches according to the chart or pattern. But you'll need the best tips and tricks learn to cable easily and efficiently. In this cabling-for-beginners class, you'll learn to cable with or without a cable needle, follow a cable chart, and fix common and not-so-common cable-knitting mistakes. All while knitting a fashionable pair of super-bulky legwarmers with buttons.


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How to Read a Cable Chart

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Cable Abbreviations

Cn – Cable needle
Sl 1 – Slip 1


Cable Chart Symbols

knit symbol cable C3L  C3L: Cable 3 Left – Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front. K1. K2 from cn.
knit symbol cable C3L  C3L: Cable 3 Left
knit symbol cable C3R  C3R: Cable 3 Right – Sl 1 st to cn and hold to back. K2. K1 from cn.
knit symbol cable C3R  C3R: Cable 3 Right
C4L Cable Symbol 1  C4L: Cable 4 Left – Sl 2 sts onto cn and hold to front. K2. K2 from cn.
C4L Cable Symbol 1  C4L: Cable 4 Left
C4R Cable Symbol 1  C4R: Cable 4 Right – Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back. K2. K2 from cn.
C4R Cable Symbol 1  C4R: Cable 4 Right
T3L Cable Symbol 2  T3L: Twist 3 Left – Sl next 2 sts onto cn and hold to front. P1. K2 from cn.
T3L Cable Symbol 2  T3L: Twist 3 Left
T3R Cable Symbol 2  T3R: Twist 3 Right – Sl next st onto cn and hold to back. K2. P1 from cn.
T3R Cable Symbol 2  T3R: Twist 3 Right
knit symbol cable T4L  T4L: Twist 4 Left – Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front. P2. K2 from cn.
knit symbol cable T4L  T4L: Twist 4 Left
knit symbol cable T4R  T4R: Twist 4 Right – Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back. K2. P2 from cn.
knit symbol cable T4R  T4R: Twist 4 Right

See full list of cable symbols on CraftYarnCouncil.com


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Cabled Legwarmers – Pattern Walkthrough

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How to Read a Cable Chart

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Keep Track of Where You Are on a Cable Chart

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Cabled Legwarmers – Rows 1-4 (Stockinette Stitch)

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Recommended Notion: Cable Needles by Brittany Needles

Brittany cable needles

Cable needles help hold stitches to the front or back of your work while cabling. While you can knit cables without them, and I prefer to, using cable needles when you are just learning to cable makes everything easier.

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