Cables 2

When I started learning to knit, I admired cables on everything knit from head to toe.  Hats, sweaters, socks, LOVE IT!  But the original tutorial I had found made them seem SO scary and hard that I didn’t try to knit them for awhile.  So to make them less scary for all you Right Brainers out there, here is the Right Brain Cable instructions.

If you are just learning to knit or need a refresher on some knitting terms, check out our basic knitting instructions before continuing.

You need:

2 needles
1 Cable hook or a Double Pointed needle

I used size 9 needles and Red Hearts Sport weight in an orange color.  I used a pattern of Knit 2, purl 1, knit 1, purl 6, knit 1, purl 1, knit 2 so that I would get the pattern you will see in the pictures.

Lets start!

I did 2 twists of my cable to show you a work in progress.
Again I was using a knit 2, purl 1, knit 1, purl 6, knit 1, purl 1, knit 2 pattern on one side so that I could get the pattern below for my cables.  You will knit straight across after each row of the above pattern, this is the “wrong side” of your work.  I do my cables on a knit straight across/wrong side of my knitting to make it easier on myself and I can see which way my cable is going because the cable and visible pattern is facing me.


Cable beginning

Cable beginning

Knit 4.


Knit 4


Slip the next 3 stitches onto your cable hook or double pointed needle (DPN)

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Knit the next 3 stitches leaving the 3 on the cable hook or DPN.



Slip the 3 needles from the DPN or cable hook back onto the working needle (aka: the one in your left hand, or the one without the yarn string hanging from it)


Now knit to the end of the row.

It should look like this picture below.

I did two more rows of the pattern without making 2 cables so that I would get some length in my final twist before binding off.



Here is my finished little swatch!


             Little Cable Swatch


Now you can always twist to the OPPOSITE direction I did, and you don’t have to follow the “knit 2, purl 1” etc pattern I did.

To twist the opposite direction simply place your hook or DPN to the back of the work so that it is farthest from you, rather than between you and the project.  When are doing the “wrong side” of your work (aka the side no one really ever needs to see/straight knit side) and you want the cable to twist to your right, you put the slipped stitches to the back of the work, when you want it twisting left, you put the slipped stitches toward the front (like my above photos)

Enjoy Right Brainers!  I hope you are all ready to add a new fancy cable to your next project.

Any additional questions COMMENT BELOW!

Happy crafting!



About Kelly

Kelly is an avid knitter with over 10 years experience with the craft. She works with the mental health community as the Director of Psychiatric Rehabilitation day program and uses crafts to help aid in recovery. She is also a Penn State alumni.

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