Amanda Knitalong / Cabling Without a Cable Needle

As I mentioned in my last post, I am one of the contributors to the Amanda Knitalong on Fringe Association. If you took the time to read Karen's Meet the Panel post,  you may have noticed that I am working the cables of the cardigan without a cable needle. I do this for a few reasons: a) I am notorious for never having notions. I use snippets of whatever yarn I'm working with for stitch markers, I don't think I've met a darning needle I've used more than once, and I own about 10 tape measures but only know where one is at any given moment, and b) I think it is much, much faster. With at least 5 deadlines going at any given moment, faster = better. We usually teach this technique when in classes + workshops on cabling, and it is a big hit. 

There are a few things to keep in mind when cabling without a needle:
• This technique works best with smaller cables: 2, 4, and 6-stitch cables are great, 8 is an "at-your-own-risk" proposition.
• A sharp needle point is helpful, but not necessary.
• The more slippery the yarn + needle combination, the harder the technique will be.

In the images below I'm working my no-cable-needle cables on the herringbone portion of my Amanda cardigan sleeve. Each cable in this section is a 4 stitch all knit cable: 2 stitches are slipped, 2 are knit and then the 2 slipped stitches are knit.

LEFT CROSS CABLES:

1. Slide the first 2 sts off of your LH needle. Hold these stitches to the front of your work.

KW Tips + Tricks: Cabling without a cable needle

2. Slide the next 2 sts off of your LH needle onto your RH needle.

KW Tips + Tricks

3. Slide the 2 loose front-held stitches one at a time onto your LH needle.

KW Tips + Tricks: Cabling without a cable needle

4. Slide the 2 sts one at a time from your RH needle to your LH needle. You now have all 4 stitches of the cable on the LH needles, pre-crossed in the correct cable stitch.

KW Tips + Tricks

5. Knit all 4 stitches. You cable is complete!

RIGHT CROSS CABLES: 

1. Slide the first 2 sts off of your LH needle. Hold these stitches to the back of your work.

2. Slide the next 2 sts off of your LH needle onto your RH needle.

3. Slide the 2 loose back-held stitches one at a time onto your LH needle.

4. Slide the 2 sts one at a time from your RH needle to your LH needle. You now have all 4 stitches of the cable on the LH needles, pre-crossed in the correct cable stitch.

5. Knit all 4 stitches. You cable is complete! - KGO

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