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Grab a copy of the pattern HERE!If you’re new to knitting, but feel ready to dive into a new technique, then cable knitting is the perfect next step.
Swish with a Twist is chock-full of techniques that you can add to your knitting arsenal, but before we get started, I’d like to give you a quick overview of what you’ll learn, along with a few common questions about cable knitting:
Q: What is a cable needle, and why are there so many different kinds?
A: Cable needles come in many shapes and sizes and are made in a variety of materials such as: plastic, metal, wood and bamboo. The size and kind of needle you choose, depends on a few factors:
- Personal preference: As you can see in the examples below, cable needles come in a variety of shapes and it’s up to you to decide which kind fits your knitting style.
- Texture of yarn: For example, if you’re working with a slippery yarn, you may choose a wood or bamboo cable needle.
- Weight of yarn: You may need to work with either a thicker or thinner cable needle depending on your yarn weight. For example, if you’re working cables on sock-weight yarn, the thin metal cable needle shown below would be a good option.
Q: Why are two cable needles used for this project?
A: Two cable needs are used in order to create the lovely stitches that cross over each other. If you look closely at the swatch below, you’ll see that the first completed cross, which is to the right of the cable needles. The stitch on the top was held on the first cable needle at front, and the two stitches behind it, were held at back on the second cable needle. Now, take a look at the two cable needles—these show the live stitches waiting to be worked, which will result in the crossing stitches.
Q: What happens when a stitch is held at the front or at the back of the work?
A: The photo below illustrates the effect of holding a cable needle at either the front or the back of the work. When the cable needle is held at the back, this results as a “right-crossing” cable. When the cable needle is held at the front, this produces a “left-crossing” cable. To learn more about cable knitting, check out this post.
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