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Step By Step Tutorial: 2/2 Cables


Cables aren't hard!

They look complicated, but you're really just knitting the stitches out of order. It's just knitting, with a twist.

This tutorial goes over Right and Left 2/2 Cables, but the same techniques can be used for larger cables as well. A 2/2 Cable uses 4 stitches total, 2 are slipped onto a Cable Needle (CN) and held to the front or the back (depending on which direction the cable is going) while you work the next 2 stitches. The 2 held stitches are then worked either from the CN or they are slipped onto the left knitting needle and then worked. (See, we used a total of 4 stitches.) To make a 5/5 Cable, you would be using a total of 10 stitches with this same technique. Just follow what your pattern tells you and you'll be fine.

Supplies Needed:

  • Yarn

  • Appropriately Sized Knitting Needles

  • Cable Needle

Swatching Prep:

  • Cast On a handful of stitches and knit a few rows in Stockinette Stitch

Featured Yarn in this Tutorial:

Alpacas at Willowbrook 100% alpaca Sport weight 2-ply

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LEFT LEANING 2/2 CABLE (2/2 LC):

Step 1. Slip the next 2 stitches to your Cable Needle and hold it to the front of your work.

Step 2. Knit the next 2 stitches from the Left Needle as you normally would, leaving your Cable Needle dangling in front.

Step 3. Slip the 2 stitches from your Cable Needle back onto your Left Needle. This will remove the Cable Needle completely from your work.

Step 4. Knit the 2 stitches that were just slipped onto the Left Needle as you normally would.

Repeat steps 1-4 for each 2/2 LC (Left Cross).

RIGHT LEANING 2/2 CABLE (2/2 RC):

Step 1. Slip the next 2 stitches to your Cable Needle and hold it to the back of your work.

Step 2. Knit the next 2 stitches from the Left Needle as you normally would, leaving your Cable Needle dangling in back.

Step 3. Slip the 2 stitches from your Cable Needle back onto your Left Needle. This will remove the Cable Needle completely from your work.

Step 4. Knit the 2 stitches that were just slipped onto the Left Needle as you normally would.

Repeat steps 1-4 for each 2/2 RC (Right Cross).

Try It Out!

It's best to put a new technique into practice right away so that you can remember it in the future. Here are some of my patterns that use this technique.

Sindri Cowl

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