How to Create a Cable Stitch - Knitting Tutorial


Tutorial Overview

Abbreviation: cb4, cb6, cb8, cb10, cf4, cf6, cf8, cf10 etc. 

Cable stitch is a textured, crossing layers stitch pattern and is created by slipping a specified number of stitches onto a cable needle, knitting the same amount of stitches and then knitting the stitches on the cable needle before finishing the row. The cable needle can be placed either to the front (cf) or back (cb) of your work depending on the pattern. In this video we will show you how to create cable stitch by demonstrating cable back 6 (cb6). This stitch is used in the Chunky Cable Headband Knitting Kit, while cable back 10 (cb10) is used in the Big Alps Beanie Knitting Kit.

Step-by-step guide

Ensure you have knitted your foundation, which requires two purl columns and one knitted column in the middle.

Continue working until you need to cable.

  1. With your cable needle, transfer three stitches over.

  2. Place the cable needle at the back of your work out of the way of your working needles.

  3. Knit three stitches.

  4. Bring your cable needle forward making sure it is not twisted.

  5. Knit the three stitches from the cable needle.

  6. Continue to purl the rest of the work.

As you continue your pattern you’ll see the cable stitch appearing.