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Cables are a design created by crossing stitches. To knit them, you will need a cable needle, a stitch holder, or something you can use to place the stitches on hold.
To knit cables you can cast on as many stitches as you want, as long as it’s an even number, so that the cable is centered.
Decide where you are going to place the cable. To knit this example, we cast on 12 stitches. Six stitches will be for the cable and on each side there will be 3 stitches.To not start with the crossed stitches we will knit 4 rows. Work the first 3 stitches in garter stitch (this means you will knit them), work the center 6 stitches in stockinette stitch, and work the last 3 in garter stitch.
On row 5, knit the first 3 stitches.Slip the next 3 stitches onto a cable needle or stitch holder.
Always place them in front of your work so that the cable will twist in the same direction.
Knit the next 3 stitches.
Return the stitches you have on hold to the left-hand needle and knit them. Finally, knit the last 3 side stitches.
You’ve now made your first cross.
Switch the needle with the stitches to your left hand and work row 6 continuing the pattern, in other words, knit 3, purl 6, and knit 3.
Switch hands again and knit all stitches.
Turn your work again and repeat steps 6 and 7 as many times needed to reach the desired length of the cable.
When you reach the desired length and are on a right side row, work the cable row again.Knit the first 3 stitches, slip the next 3 stitches onto a cable needle or stitch holder and place them on hold in front of your work. Knit the next 3 stitches. Return the stitches that you have on hold to the left-hand needle and knit them. Finally, knit the 3 side stitches.
Repeat as many times as you want.