Learning to knit with cables can be a bit daunting. I’ve made my fair share of mistakes when it comes to stitching with cables. Crossing the wrong stitches, or holding everything to the wrong side, or even trying to figure out what the abbreviations mean. There is nothing worse than realizing you’ve made a mistake on a big cabling project long after you’ve made it, which seems to always be the case for me. The best way I’ve found to prevent these mistakes from happening is to learn how cables form. I came up with this pattern to help teach why cables make the shapes that they do, and to give you a chance to practice while creating a cute cuff bracelet you’ll love to wear.
I chose a small braid cable for my example because it gives you an opportunity to learn FC (front cross) and BC (back cross) cabling. Also, it’s a little more intuitive because creating the cable is actually pretty similar to braiding hair. I’ve found that the best way to really master cabling is to learn exactly how it works, so I’m going to try to explain what’s going on with the stitches as we work on the pattern. First of all, here’s what you need to create the cuff bracelet:
- Scrap Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
- Size 8 Straight Needles (Or whatever size works best with your yarn)
- Cable Needle (I tend to lose my cable needles, so I’ve been known to use double pointed needles, size 2 or lower instead)
- Yarn Needle
Pattern and Cabling Info:
CO 14 Stitches
Row 1 (and all other odd rows): K4, P6, K4 (Wrong Side)
Row 2: K2, P2, Slip the next two stitches onto your cable needle:
Hold these stitches in front of your work, and knit the next 2 stitches on your straight needle:
What you are doing right now, is crossing the first 2 stitches over the next 2 stitches like you would if you were braiding hair when you cross one strand over the strand in the center. This will create a cable that crosses from right to left.
Now, knit the two stitches on your cable needle. Make sure the stitches aren’t twisted as you are knitting. You want the first stitch you knit to be the one that is farthest right in your work.
You’ve just finished a FC cable. Finally, knit the rest of the pattern normally: K2, P2, K2
Row 4: Now, you will do the same, but this time, you will hold the cable needle in the back. This will create a cable that crosses from left to right.
K2, P2, K2, Slip 2 stitches onto your cable needle and hold in the back (BC). K2, Knit the stitches from your cable needle, P2, K2.
That’s the braid! Repeat until your work measures the circumference of your wrist and bind off.
Here is a shortened version of the pattern without the extra directions:
CO 14 Stitches
Row 1 and 3 (wrong side): K4, P6, K4
Row 2: K2, P2, Sl 2 Stitches to Cable Needle and hold to front, K2, K2 from cable needle, K2, P2, K2
Row 4: K2, P2, K2, Sl 2 Stitches to Cable Needle and hold to back, K2, K2 from cable needle, P2, K2
Repeat these 4 rows until the work measures the circumference of your wrist. Bind off and leave a long tail
Sew the two ends of your bracelet together using your bind off tail. Weave in ends. The bracelet should be stretchy enough to slip over your hand.