3-6 class hours.

At its most basic, a cable is a group of stitches whose parts swap position every few rows. The maneuvering required to swap stitches is actually quite simple to learn—the complex appearance comes about because of the many ways stitches can be grouped, arranged, and intertwined. Learn how to swap stitches with and without a cable needle, decipher cable terminology, and work from both written instructions and a chart. You’ll explore how groups of cable crossings are combined to make stitches travel across fabric in braids, waves, chains and more.

Know Before You Show

Cast on, knit, purl, bind off; incs/decs, follow written pattern instructions.


  • #4 weight yarn, 50 yds, in light or bright color
  • US 7 needle
  • Cable needle (any type)
  • scissors, tapestry needle, markers, etc


Cast on 38 sts.

Row 1 (WS) K1, p2, k2, [p4, k4] 3 times, p4, k2, p2, k1.

Place stitches on holder, leaving yarn attached.