Sometimes there are tricks in knitting that seem impossible.
For many knitters, cables fall into that category—tangly, twisty, and confounding.
Remember putting your face in the water for the first time at swimming lessons? How it was, all of a sudden, not a big deal? That’s what happens when you try cables for the first time—it’s one of those skills that you avoid until you make your first cable, after which you feel like you have joined the secret coven of the cablers.
Jen Arnall-Culliford’s video tutorial, up top, explains it all for us: how to read a cable chart and how to work cables with and also without a cable needle—yes, friends, without a cable needle.
Field Guide No. 9: Revolution
It is one of the terrific moments in knitting: changing the order of your stitches so you can make them go wherever you want them to go.
Sarah Hatton’s pattern for this tutorial is a total winner. Yellow Wagtail Scarf provides a low-dose amount of cablework, but it provides constant repetition of a few cable moves so that you learn the rhythm of the twists. It even includes one of my favorite cables, a cable along the edge of the scarf. Neat! Dimensional! Cablewow!