Raise your hand if you don’t have at least one knitting cable garment in your closet! We love simple cable, in every shape, distribution and volume, especially on mid-season and winter outfits. They are always on trend and they show up every year with renewed joy.
Let’s discover together the essential technique and learn how to work the basic patter. Videos accompany written instructions, an extra support for beginners. Enter with us into this voluminous world!
Crossed stitches for simple pattern
The basis of this pattern is crossed stitches. Depending on arrangement, they changes shape and name, becoming chain, diamond or Aran motif.
Steps are those: you place some stitches on hold in frontside or in backside, work the next stitches, then return to work the previous stitches you placed on hold. To make this you have to use a stitch holder or cable needle. It is usually small and arranged to facilitate stitches crossing. You can also use a double-pointed needle.
Motifs variations are endless, as well as the number of stitches involved. They can be worked all knitwise, all purlwise or alternating knit and purl stitch.
Now, needles and ball in hand, let’s get down to practice! Let’s learn together how to work the essential technique: right and left cable cross, definitions given by stitches slant.
Knitting a simple right cable cross
For the sample we have chosen a cable worked in stocking stitch over 8 stitches. When you reach crossing point, work as follows: place the first 4 stitches onto stitch holder, on backside, knit next 4 stitches, then knit the 4 stitches from stitch holder.
Knitting a simple left cable cross
Here too we have chosen a cable worked in stocking stitch over 8 stitches. Start in stocking stitch. When you reach crossing point, work as follows: place the first 4 stitches onto stitch holder, on frontside, knit next 4 stitches, then knit the 4 stitches from stitch holder.
A simple cable on the woolly T-shirt!
Isn’t it surprising to discover how easy it is to knit this motif? Now, for those of you who have made some training with crosses, but also for those who are already at a good level of practice… we have the perfect project for you. It’s our T-shirt worked with Anice yarn, a perfect September garment. Look for it in the FASHION MODELS collection