Yes, knitting cables without a cable needle is possible. And you may even think knitting cables is easier now that you don’t have to worry about that cable needle. Don’t believe me? Grab your needles and try this with me.
This wonderful cable knitting technique turned me from avoiding knitting cables all together to knitting cables without a second thought. Just like that.
As you know knitting a cable stitch is simply a matter of rearranging the order that you knit the stitches. You are crossing a set of stitches in front or behind another set of stitches. And the cable needle is used to hold a set of stitches.
Problem is…a lot of times the stitches will fall off the cable needle leaving you all flustered because the cable needle is just so darn awkward to use. It was for me.
But as soon as I started knitting cables without a cable needle it all seemed to become a lot easier. While the thought of dropping a couple of stitches off your needle sounds scary, the whole process is really quite quick and barely noticeable. The nice thing is it can also save a lot of time and frustration.
It makes knitting cables way more fun too.
How To Knit Cables Without A Cable Needle
- This is for a 4 stitch right cross cable stitch and these are the 4 stitches I am working with.
2. With your right needle push it through the front of the second set of 2 stitches on the left needle.
3. This 3rd photo below is just another view. There are the four stitches in between the arrows. And keep in mind those two stitches you’re putting on the right needle will stay on the right needle for now.
5. With your left needle quickly slide it through the 2 live stitches.
6. Gently pull the left needle away from the right needle a bit.
And that’s how to knit cables without a cable needle. It’s honestly not that difficult (it’s more difficult explaining it than it is doing it…haha) and I actually found it easier than fiddling with the cable needle. The fact is that the cable needle always fell out of the stitches anyways so why bother with it? And the awkwardness is gone.
What About Left Cross Cables Without a Cable Needle?
If you want to make a left cross cable the only difference is that you will put your right needle into the second 2 stitches at the back of your knitting.
So… for a right cable the right needle goes into the front of the stitches and for the left cable the right needle goes in the back of the stitches. That’s it.
Everything else stays the same.
I hope you will try this knitting technique because you may really start to enjoy knitting cables just like I did.
If you are still uncomfortable using this method..
What I would suggest is the U cable stitch holder. This is a great cable needle to use without worrying about your stitches sliding off. It’s my favourite.
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