7/2/07

Knitting Cables

Feeling a tad bit more comfortable with knitting, I would love to do a garment with cables. It's something about the serpentine like cables that make them a coveted design element. But the scary part is working with a third needle, which I'm sure for all new knitters would likely keep us from tackling a challenging endeavor. In my search on how to tackle cables, I came across Lori Knits. She has a Knitting DVD that teaches a knitter how to cable without the cable needle.... CN... (heyyy, I'm learning already...lol). Well I ordered the DVD and can't wait to get it. I am envisioning something like this or this
or this...

or something simple....


Has anyone tried knitting cables... and if so, do tell.





18 comments:

del said...

Don't feel nervous at all because you're not using that cable needle all the time, only on the rows you need it (the simpler the cable pattern, the less you'll use it). Example: I'm working on a 24-row repeat & I only use the cable needle on 4 of those rows. Not all the way across, either. The cable needle is holding your stitches & then you knit off them like a regular needle. Trust me, once you see that DVD, it won't seem so hard. Plus, when you feel more comfortable, you can actually make cables without needles (but don't ask me how, there are much better knitters who can show you--there's tutorials out there for that, too, including Grumperina's). You're going to be a knitting pro in no time at all, the way you're going!
And those top patterns you picked are lovely.

Pam said...

I think the appeal of cables is that they are timeless, they never go out of style. I bet whatever you make, it will last and last and be a favorite for years!

Mary Sarah said...

No! Those designs are fantastic and you are brave! But I know you can do it! Have a blast!

Cas... said...

I love CABLES! I think they are so cool! I think we have similar tastes. When I dabbled into knitting I fell in love with a cable sweater I saw in a book. I bought the book but stopped knitting. I had a friend who did a lot of cable style sweaters and it did not look hard at all. Maybe one day when I return to knitting I will see about doing a cable sweater or two!

Virtuous said...

yes Grumperina's is on her website for FREE!

I have yet to knit cables as well but I heard they are very easy (they just look complicated but are not!) and plan to do a project this month.

Not sure if you remember Mrs. Purls on EE with her caplet? That is what I will be doing! :o)

We CAN do cables!! Can't wait to try out the technique along with you!

I am so glad you are on fire about knitting!!!! :oD

Yarn It said...

In my opinion, cables look more intimidating than they really are. I think they are fun to knit because it keeps things interesting. I really love those designs! I might have to consider a couple now!

Sheila said...

I checked out a dvd I currently have... I played around with the 4 stitch cable technique, but the dvd only showed a one row illustration, so I wanted to know more. I had to switch from the metal cable needle (too pointy & causing myself harm...lol) to the plastic one.

Nik said...

Cables aren't as difficult as they appear. When you look at the difficulty levels of a lot of basic cabled pieces, many of them are classified as "Easy". When you get into the "cable acrobatics" shown in that beautiful off-the-shoulder, light brown sweater, things get a little bit more complicated, but not impossible. For those, you just have to be patient because you have to keep track of the frequent stitch crosses. All you need to do is know how to knit and purl and you can creat a cable. I think that for your first piece, you should do a simple piece like that bottom tank. Unless you're like me and love a challenge, then I'd go for the off the shoulder number.

Adrienne said...

I have not tried cables...YET, but i plan on it very soon! I'll be watching your progress!! Look at you! lol

gold said...

I am not a knitter so I can't help you.But I can help you by telling you I am loving the off the shoulder sweater make that one!HAHA

Christie said...

Cablins is easier than it might seem. Do try it without a needle, it speeds up the process tremendously. And try soemthing small to get the hang of it.

I also love that off the shoulder sweater. it's gorgeous. I haven't seen one done, so I'm not sure if all those cables would look bulky round the midsection or not.

Valerie said...

If you figure out cables, you have to let me know how. -=giggle=- I still don't know how to do them. =)

anna said...

Cable knitting is EASY! If you can knit & purl, working the cables will be a snap. Good luck in your new knitting journey. I've still gotta learn how to cable without a cable needle!

Vera H. said...

Cable knitting is much easier than it looks, and it's lots of fun. Basically, you're just reversing the order of the stitches to make them twist.

The third needle just holds the stitches and you knit off them too.

I guess I'm weird since I prefer using a cable needle, but it's good to be able to make cables without one.

Madelyn said...

Yes, I've knitted them. They really are easy to do. Instead of a cable needle I just use a DPN. I can't wait to see what you design now that the knitting bug has bit you.

Knitaholictoo said...

ooooh I'm feeling that off shoulder number!!! where did you come across that pattern?

a friend to knit with said...

Those are all so beautiful....Cables are VERY easy, especially for someone as talented as you!

Sheila said...

Thanks for stopping by...

@Knitaholictoo - I'm not rightly sure, possibly from Magknits or Jimmybeanswool.