Making cables, especially the basic cables that cross the same way over and over, is pretty easy once you know how to do it, but if you've never done it before it can be a little intimidating.
This tutorial illustrates how to make a simple cable that slants to the right. This is also known as a cable back, because the cable needle is held at the back of the work when you make the cable. This is the easiest cable to make and is a little less awkward than the left-slanting cable front.
For the purposes of this tutorial, we're working with a 12-stitch swatch. The first and last three stitches of each row are worked in Reverse Stockinette Stitch, while the middle six rows are worked in Stockinette Stitch, and the cable is worked on the right side, first on row three and then on every fourth row after that.
To get ready to form the cable, first knit those two rows:
- Row one: P3, K6, P3
- Row two: K3, P6, K3
Now you are ready to begin the cable row.