Even though knitting cables could seem intimidating, it is, in fact, a very easy knitting technique. The only difficulty in knitting cables is to know in which row or round we should cross the stitches to create the beautiful cable texture.
If we are not consistent, the segments between cables will be of different length and the whole project will look sloppy, like this little swatch with mismatched cables.
Sometimes, we could get carried away and miss the cable crossing row. Then we have to undo a few rows and that task is always a pain. To avoid that, we usually keep a close eye on the number of rows using different methods.
Some knitters use row counters to keep track of the rows between cables. Others place markers next to the cable to mark the row where the stitches were crossed.
All these ways work fine but they require additional concentration and we can’t fully relax and enjoy knitting.
A few years ago, I came across a simple trick that helps us to quickly find out the number of rows between cables. This trick was described in a blog called “Debora’s Knitting”. I’ve been using this method ever since and it never failed me.
This technique is simple and reliable. It does not require any special tools, and we don’t have to remember to do something after we finish each row.
Here’s how it works step-by-step.
Now, that you know this little trick, I hope that you will never have to unravel your work because you missed the row when you were supposed to cross stitches to make a cable.
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