How to knit Twisted Twin Cables (the easiest cable pattern!)
The Twisted Twin Cables knitting pattern is the easiest cable you’ll ever knit.
Why? Because there is only one cross to be made in one direction: The right cross.
Also as the right cross will make every eight rows, so we’ll have a lot of “rest” rows.
And the rest rows are easy to do: We’ll knit the knits and purl the purls (on both sides of the work).
In fact, the wrong face looks pretty similar to a classic Rib pattern.
It is true that for many knitters the word “cables” is kind of scary…they’re the kind of pattern that your mother warned you about…mad, bad, and difficult to knit.
However, with this tutorial, I intend to show you that the cables are just misunderstood!
In order to do them, we’ll need a “cable needle”; a third needle or a stitch holder will do the job equally well.
Do not panic though! None of those tools are really essential.
You can do as I do: Use a bobby pin or a hair clip instead; the result will be the same, and they are short enough to facilitate your work!
You’ll see it in the video tutorial.
Now I’d like to share with you a couple of recommendations to make your cables shine:
Tips for Cables or Braids knitting
First of all, it’s crucial to choose the right fiber.
Consider cotton yarn, Alpaca, Merino wool, virgin wool, Cashmere, bamboo, and its blends. These are the best fibers for this kind of work.
Avoid Mohair, Angora, and any other airy or fluffy yarns.
Secondly, color is also key: stay away from black and dark colors (they tend to hide the pattern).
Honestly, I’m not a fan of variegated yarns for cables either.
Use solid vibrant colors, or the range of whites, light grays, and beiges (pastel colors too). They’re the most suitable.
Finally, it’s important to block the garment once it’s finished.
Cables and braids tend to shrink like an accordion.
Blocking the piece wet is perfect to flatten the fabric and get crispy stitches.
So, without further ado, let’s knit together 🙂
CO: Cast on
RS: Right side
Cable 4 back: Slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle, and hold back. K2 from the left-hand needle, and K2 from the cable needle
BO: Bind off
The odd rows form the RS of the work.
The selvage st (the first and the last) will be knitted on every odd row and purled on every even row.
This swatch was made out of a blend of 50% cotton yarn and 50% polyester (smooth and light) #ad
Using one of my favorite bamboo needles (US 6 – 4 mm) (this kit comes with a stitch holder and several cable needles, among other tools) #ad
How to knit Twisted Twin Cables
CO multiples of 16 + 2 + 2 (selvage st); i.e.: 16 * 2 = 32 + 2 = 34 + 2 = 36 st.
1º, 3º, and 7º rows (RS): K1, *P2, K4, P2, K2, P2, K4*. Repeat from * to *, to last 3 st, ending with P2, K1
2º and every even row: Work each st as it presents (knit the knits and purl the purls)
5º row: K1, *P2, Cable 4 back, P2, K2, P2, Cable 4 back*. Repeat from * to *, to last 3 st, ending with P2, K1
8ª row: as per row 2.
These eight rows create the pattern. Repeat them until the desired length is reached.
When finished, BO after row 8, working each st as it presents (RS).
This is the other side of the work:
Enjoy the video tutorial:
Twisted Twin Cables knitting pattern
I hope you like it!
Hugs, and happy knitting 🙂
Carolina – So Woolly
PS: If like cables or braids, take a look at the following patterns (they’re gorgeous and also reversible!):
Reversible Rope stitch pattern
How to knit Reversible Braids
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