I've been knitting cables lately--a whole hat's worth, in fact.
I'm pretty sure I've talked about cabling before, but I'm going to talk about it again because I think it's pretty. And because knitting cables is surprisingly easy and I want to spread the word!
Essentially, a cable is what happens when you sneak your right-hand needle around some of the waiting stitches on your left-hand needle and knit them before you knit the 2 or 3 stitches at the front of the line. Everything gets all twisted--but in a good way!--and then you have a beautiful, deceptively fancy-looking cable in the midst of your lovely knitted creation.
The hat I'm making is the Cables Beanie from Knit Slouchy Beanies and Headwraps
, and I was fully planning on embedding this video
about how to knit the cable 4 front (C4F in knitting patterns) that is called for in this pattern. But YouTube and I seem to be going through some things, by which I mean we're edging past that strained part of our relationship and moving right into all-out arch enemies territory.
But! I was able to upload this slightly older video from Leisure Arts for the book I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Cables
. I loved
the DVD I Can't Believe I'm Knitting Cables, Bobbles, and Lace
; and, if we're going to be honest (which I usually am. Sorry?), I would probably go ahead and say I love the whole "I can't believe....." line of books and DVDs even if I wasn't being paid to say nice things about Leisure Arts on the Internet. I actually learned how to work my yarnovers for lacework properly from that DVD, and wasn't surprised to find out that this video has some great information about knitting cables.
This is a bit longer than most tutorials, but you can learn about different cable needles--and even how to knit cables without a cable needle!
Recognize Sarah Green's voice? She's the hands and voice from the videos!
She's a real person! I'm easily tickled by things. Sorry. I think I meant it that time.
But I like learning new things, and I thought that was a pretty nice, quick tutorial on a technique that is exceptionally beautiful and not that tricky. I promise!
Hey, you can trust me because I'm honest. And because I'm able to knit cables.
That should be all the proof you need that cables are completely doable.