We’ve already discussed several ways to make cables without a cable needle. I’ve been using the third way described in that tutorial for years because it is the fastest and the simplest way to cross stitches.
But this method has a few downsides – it works best when we hold the working yarn in our left hand, it is a bit scary because we keep stitches loose for a few moments, and it gets even scarier when we make wider cables.
Fortunately, there is an improved way to make cables that solves all these issues. It works great for any knitting style, it is not as scary, and we can use it to safely cross cables of any width. And yes, we do it without using a cable needle or any other special tool.
Let’s see how this amazing technique works step by step.
This method is not just quick and easy. It also keeps the cables neat. Because we cross the stitches before we work them, there are no long strands at the sides of the cable.
There is still a hole at each side of the cross, but those holes are small and almost invisible even when the fabric is stretched. That is a great bonus for tight-fitting projects like hats, mittens and close-fitting sweaters.
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