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Cable-Needle-Free Cabling

July 15, 2011

A couple of years ago, I put together these photos to share with members of the Rockin’ Sock Club my technique for cabling without a cable needle. Since the second Camp Loopy challenge will have many of us knitting cables, I thought it would be a good time to share them again!

This tutorial shows my Solstice Slip socks from the 2007 Rockin Sock Club from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  I didn’t use that month’s club yarn, instead I used a colorway called Nodding Violets.  It’s really pretty and suited to this pattern nicely – four years later, I am still wearing and loving these socks!

I don’t know about you, but I hate using a cable needle. It’s fiddly, it adds some extra steps, and it’s just one more thing to keep track of.  The Solstice Slip pattern uses (among other things!) two little cables.  I worked out a way to do them without using a cable needle, which makes me pretty happy.  Here’s a little tutorial for how to do the 1/2 LC.   (Note: the photos and descriptions refer to a slipped stitch, but the same method applies even if you don’t have slipped stitches in the previous row.)

In this tutorial, my working yarn and the new stitches are purple; on the needles, the dark green stitch is the slipped stitch and the light green are the stitches that were knit in the previous round.

1.  Ready to start – you have just finished purling two stitches.  The next three stitches on your LHN are the stitch you have slipped and then two knit stitches.

2.  Insert RHN between the slipped stitch and the 2nd stitch on the LHN from back to front.


3.  Insert RHN through 2nd stitch on the LHN (first “knit” stitch) as if to knit.

4.  Wrap working yarn around RHN.

5.  Pull yarn through 2nd stitch on LHN to create a new knit stitch.

6.  Insert RHN into 3rd stitch on the LHN (second “knit” stitch) as if to knit and wrap working yarn around RHN.

7.  Pull yarn through stitch – this completes your second knit stitch.

8.  Pull all three stitches (slipped stitch and the two knit stitches you just knit into) off of the LHN.  This leaves the slipped stitch hanging loose. Pinch it with your fingers to hang on to it.  (Sorry this one is blurry – I couldn’t pinch the stitch and hold the camera in the right place at the same time.)

9.  Insert LHN into slipped stitch.

10. Insert RHN into slipped stitch and knit.

11. Finished!

I’ll share the 1/2 RC in a couple of days.

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