Knitting Cables Is Easier Than It Looks


Last Saturday, I went on a field trip with my knitting guild to Yarn Rhapsody, in Dawsonville Gainesville, GA. While we were there, I was looking at a cable knit sweater, and I remarked to one of my guild mates about how hard it looked. She looked right at me and said, “It’s so easy, you won’t believe it.”

So Wednesday, I decided to try my hand at it. I went to Youtube, and searched for “cable knitting”, and watched the first video that came up. It’s 8:15, and really showed how easy the technique is. After watching it once, I grabbed some cheap worsted weight yarn, a set of US 6 needles, my row counter, and the cable needle that came with the starter kit I bought a couple of months ago, and started knitting.

The actual cable technique is really simple, but the field surrounding the sample from the video does still require accurate counting. I wasn’t paying attention, and ended up completely screwing it up. I ripped it out an decided to try again, but it was late, so I set it aside until I had more time.

And that’s what I did today after work. The sample in the photos took me about two hours, from start to finish. I’m sure that if you were making something like a sweater, where there are parallel cables, that it would be more difficult than this little swatch, since you’d have to keep more numbers in your head, but the basics are simple.

This was fun to make. Here’s the album.

4 thoughts on “Knitting Cables Is Easier Than It Looks

  1. Hey Joey,
    Just saw your post on Yarns at Yin Hoo and also realized that you have a blog. So here I am, being nosey. I must correct you: Yarn Rhapsody is in Gainesville, GA – my hometown! It is my LYS!! Great shop, isn’t it? We are so lucky to have Claudia here.
    I’m glad you’ve found knitting. It is a great craft for those of us with itchy fingers! 😉

    • Hey Judy, thanks for the location correction. It’s on Dawsonville Hwy, so I mistakenly carried it over. I wasn’t driving, so I wasn’t paying too much attention. It is a neat shop, and the lady who was there, who I think might be the owner, was very friendly and helpful.

  2. Joey, love your blog. Making me reconsider knitting, after failing a couple of times. Making my own glass beads requires going to a studio, propane and oxygen, glass canes, mandrels, bead release, marvers and a kiln. That’s the minimum. Knitting definitely sounds more enticing when I consider cost, staying home with my dogs and don’t even have to get out of my PJs. Thanks for your FB posts and this blog. You’re an inspiration.

    • I’ve really taken to knitting and crochet, and one of the things I love is that I can get really comfortable while doing it. Having said that, I would love to see some of the glass beads you make. 🙂

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