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Cable knitting is a lot of fun and actually not difficult, though it looks complex to people who have never tried it before. Here are a variety of patterns using cables on scarves, headbands, pillows and more, so whether you're new to cables or a bit more experienced, you're sure to find a fun project to try.

Cabled Bun Holder

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A great first project for learning how to cable is this cabled bun holder. It's a very small project with just one little cable on it, so you'll learn the basics without being overwhelmed, and it will be done in a flash to use right away.

Cabled Napkin Rings

cabled napkin rings
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These cute little napkin rings allow you to practice both right- and left-crossing cables, and you can make a bunch to decorate your table in no time at all. They're perfect for Thanksgiving or any other time of year when you're having a fancy, cloth napkin affair.

Cabled Headband

cabled headband
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Another relatively easy but very useful cabled knitting project is this one for a cabled headband. I love wearing this one on walks in the winter, because you can use it to both keep your hair out of your face and to keep your ears warm. At other times of the year it makes a fine headband.

Cabled Pillow

cabled pillow
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This cute little pillow uses the Basket Cable, which is a little more complex than the basic twisting cables, but makes a lovely basketweave kind of look on the knit fabric. This is a great accessory for your crafting room or a bed or couch that's decorated with pillows of various sizes.

Cabled Phone Cozy

cabled phone cozy
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This cute cozy uses a Braided Cable motif and is the perfect size for an AT&T Tilt or similar largish PDA/phone combination. It would also work with a little resizing to protect your digital camera or video camera when you want to store it in your purse or knitting bag.

Staghorn Cable Scarf

staghorn cable
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This super-warm scarf is knit in the round so you never see the back side of the cable no matter how it is worn. The Staghorn Cable is an interesting but relatively easy cable, involving twists that are just four stitches wide, so you can even make this without using a cable needle.
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