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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.

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Charts are full of symbols that can be confusing and hard to remember. But they also allow you to knit complex patterns easily. With over 7 hours of video, our Charts Demystified video class teaches you everything you need to know about knitting from knit-and-purl, lace, cable, Fair-Isle, Intarsia, double-knitting, duplicate stitch, and Mosaic charts so that you can approach any charted pattern with confidence.


Video Knitting Course: Mastering Cables

Using a cable needle to create cables the traditional way can be painstaking. Learn to knit intricate cables with or without a cable needle so you can knit any cabled project FAST.


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How to Read a Cable Chart

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Cabling Tips – Removing Rows, How to Know What Row You’re On, Etc. – July 26, 2022

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Cabling Tips – Removing Rows, How to Know What Row You’re On, Etc.

Here’s a bonus video with tips for cabling: How to remove two rows of your cable pattern and get the stitches back on your needles, how to know what row you’re on without writing anything down, how to know when it’s time to cable, etc.


Reversible Cables – How to Knit the Palindrome Scarf Without a Cable Needle – July 26, 2022

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Reversible Cables – How to Knit the Palindrome Scarf Without a Cable Needle

The palindrome reversible cabled scarf is a great intermediate cabled scarf. Here’s how to do the “C8F” cable without a cable needle!



Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Stitch Patterns

Designing ribbing to fit cable design socks Cookie A square 1By Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Cables, Designing Patterns, Guest Posts / March 25, 2011 / 9 Comments

Sock designer Cookie A.’s tips for modifying stitch patterns for your own designs. Especially helpful when adding a cable design to a sock or anything with ribbing. I can’t wait to try this tip on my next cable-design pattern!

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Blog Post: How To Knit Reversible Cables

Red "Palindrome" Reversible Cable Scarf by notmartha.orgBy Liat Gat – Founder / Cables, World Travels / September 18, 2011 / 7 Comments

Reversible cables are made with ribbing so that there is no “wrong side” to the project. This means a reversible-cabled scarf will look fabulous on both sides. Combine your ribbing skills with cabling to knit projects like this Palindrome scarf.

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Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Adding Stitch-Patterns to Socks

Cabled socks by Cookie A square cropBy Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Cables, Designing Patterns, Guest Posts, Lace, Socks, Top-Down Socks / April 1, 2011 / 4 Comments

Three professional tips for adding cables, lace, or other stitch-patterns to your socks, including combining multiple stitch patterns, checking to see if the socks will come out too big or too small, and heel-flap design tips.

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Blog Post: How To Knit Mock Cables

By Liat Gat – Founder / Cables, World Travels / July 15, 2011 / 3 Comments

Mock cables are similar to real cables in that the stitches twist around each other. However, with mock cables you just knit into the second or third stitch on the needle, then the second or first, and so on. It’s a “cheat” cable with an interesting look all its own.

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Free Pattern: Bulky Cabled Legwarmers with Buttons – Super-Bulky Weight

When I wore these bulky cabled legwarmers in New York City, they were turning heads left and right. You don’t need UGGs to be cool. Just knit these fabulous, cabled, knee-high knitted boot covers. Finish off with oversize buttons and a twisted-cord tie. Pattern includes cable chart.


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
"cn" = "cable needle"


Free and Premium Videos

Reversible Cables – How to Knit the Palindrome Scarf Without a Cable Needle

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Reversible Cables – How to Knit the Palindrome Scarf Without a Cable Needle
Reversible Cables – How to Knit the Palindrome Scarf Without a Cable Needle

The palindrome reversible cabled scarf is a great intermediate cabled scarf. Here’s how to do the “C8F” cable without a cable needle!


Cabling Tips – Removing Rows, How to Know What Row You’re On, Etc.

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Cabling Tips – Removing Rows, How to Know What Row You’re On, Etc.
Cabling Tips – Removing Rows, How to Know What Row You’re On, Etc.

Here’s a bonus video with tips for cabling: How to remove two rows of your cable pattern and get the stitches back on your needles, how to know what row you’re on without writing anything down, how to know when it’s time to cable, etc.


Cabled Legwarmers – Pattern Walkthrough

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Cabled Legwarmers – Pattern Walkthrough
Cabled Legwarmers – Pattern Walkthrough


How to Read a Cable Chart

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How to Read a Cable Chart
How to Read a Cable Chart


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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Cabled Legwarmers – Rows 5-6 (Cable Set-Up)

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Understanding Cable Abbreviations

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T3L and T3R With a Cable Needle

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T3L and T3R Without A Cable Needle

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How to Work Even on a Cable Chart

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Easy 2-Row Buttonhole

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C4R With A Cable Needle

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C4R Without a Cable Needle

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Cabled Legwarmers – Rows 13-24 (Continue Pattern)

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When You Forget to Cable

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Mistakes When Cabling Without a Cable Needle

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Correcting A Stitch That Looks Out of Place

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When You Forget to Do Buttonhole

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When You Forget What Row You’re On

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C4L With A Cable Needle

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C4L Without A Cable Needle

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How to Bind Off in Pattern

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How to Sew on Buttons and Weave in Ends

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How to Make a Twisted-Cord Tie

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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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