I remember the first time I saw knitted cables, my Grandma was calmly sitting on her rocking chair watching her favorite Mexican soaps on the telly, she was knitting a stunning v neck red sweater and it had the most gorgeous cables I had ever seen. I remember looking at her fingers knit away and manipulate the stitches from one way to another. I swear she was able to knit a complete adult sweater in 3 days! I was only 11 years old and since then cables have been one of my main attractions to knitted garments. Maybe it is my connection to my Grandma that makes me want to knit them, maybe it is the intricacy of the twists, whatever the reason, I have an attraction to them that will never end.
I have been trying to find a way to make the cables on the looms without having to move and stretch the loops too much. In this tutorial, you will find one of the methods I have found that make a nice 6 stitch cable on rake (round loom) that won’t stress the stitches too much.
- Any loom with at least 12 pegs (I used a small gauge loom in sample)
- Bits bulky weight yarn
- Knitting tool
- Cable Needle (or stitch holder)
- Work loom from right to left
- 6 stitch cable demonstrated
- Flat Panel knitting
- K=Knit=Single Stitch
- Pattern Stitch: multiple of 12; Cable consists of the middle 6 stitches; the 3 stitches at each side are background stitches.
Starting at peg 1: Cast on 12 stitches
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: Knit
End Garter Stitch Border
Row 5-9: P3, K6, P3
Prep for cables:
E-wrap peg 4 once, e-wrap peg 5 twice, e-wrap peg 6 twice, e-wrap peg 7 twice, e-wrap peg 8 twice, e-wrap peg 9 once (pegs 5-8 have 3 e-wraps on them, pegs 4 & 9 have only 2). Purl the last 3 stitches. Knit over 1 over 1 on pegs 4 & 9, knit over 1 over 2 on pegs 5, 6, 7, and 8) You should have 1 loop on each peg, except pegs 5-8 will show 2 wraps.
Take off the loops from pegs 6, 5 and 4 (unwrapping the 2 e-wraps on pegs 5 & 6 and thus elongating the stitches**). Place them on the cable holder (in this order 6, 5 and 4) let it fall to the back of the work.*
Take the loop from peg 7 and elongate it and place it on peg 4.
Take the loop from peg 8 and elongate it and place it on peg 5.
Take the loop from peg 9 and place it on peg 6.
Now, you will take the loops off the cable holder and place them in this order.
Place the loop that was on peg 6 on peg 9
Place the loop that was on peg 5 on peg 8
Place the loop that was on peg 4 on peg 7
Row 10: P3, K6, P3.
Repeat rows 5-10, 4 more times. Repeat rows 1-4 Bind off: Remove with flat removal method. You can find the PDF for this tutorial at Loom Knit
**I take the top loop off the peg and tug it a bit with the knitting tool and this unwraps the bottom loop.
*If you place them towards the back it crosses the cables to the right. If you place them to the front, it will cross the cables to the left.
For complete instructions, please download the PDF file.
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