How to Knit Easy Exquisite Cabled Throw

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heart yarns in this video I will show

you how to make the exquisite cable

throw this is a beautiful throw pattern

that is free and available over on the

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link to everything you need regarding

this pattern right down there in the

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take a look at this pattern you can see

that it is made up of cable stitches and

garter stitch if this is the first time

you've ever done a cable don't worry I

will walk you through step-by-step how

to do this really simple 4 stitch cable

sometimes it is called a forced stitch

back cable a 4 stitch right cable and if

I'm correct the pattern actually calls

it a 2x2 right cable 2/2 RC

don't worry all of that is going to be

really clear here in just a minute all I

need you to do is download your pattern

grab some worsted weight yarn and some

size 9 needles and do a little test

swatch with me so that you can learn how

to make this really beautiful throw


before we jump into the pattern why

don't I take a second and try and

explain to you how cable stitches

actually work as you take a look down

here at this cable you can see that it

looks like when the cables are created

the two stitches over here to the left

jump up and over the two stitches over

here on the right and that is exactly

what is happening if we have a total of

four stitches that we are working with

what happens is we will take the first

two stitches and we decide if we want to

move them to the front or if we want to

move those to the back for this pattern

we move them to the back so what we do

is we take these fours to these two

stitches we move them to the back by

placing them on a cable needle we will

knit the next two stitches in line on

our left hand needle so now they're over

here correct but now we still have these

two stitches right here we need to deal

with so we take the two stitches that

are on the cable needle put them back

over here on our left hand needle and

knit them and now we've created our

cable it's that simple we just changed

the position of these four stitches can

you see how my fingers on my left hand

are actually on top of the fingers on my

right hand that is exactly what your

stitches will do if we were doing a

cable that was a cable for stitch to the

front or a cable for stitch left we

would take these two stitches move them

to the front on a cable needle knit

these two and then bring these two in to

play do you see how my two fingers on my

right hand are in front of my two

fingers on my left hand it's exactly

what your stitches will do that little

motion of rearranging the stitches is

all it takes to create a cable stitch

now it will look a little messy to begin

with because it takes you working a

couple extra rows of stockinette to

actually begin to see how the cable

works but it's just as simple as

switching the two stitches place and

that's what creates a really simple

cable to create this blanket you will

begin by casting on one hundred and

sixty-four stitches and working in

garter stitch for fourteen rows once you

do that you jump into the body of the

blanket and that consists of making sure

you keep the fur

twelve stitches in stock or in garter

stitch and then you begin dividing up

the body into stockinette portion and a

garter stitch portion and on every

eighth row you actually will do that

cable stitch that we just talked about

yes that is correct you only cable on

every eighth row that's the beauty of

cable it doesn't mean that you have to

cable every single row and it's really

confusing you just have one really big

action row that you need to pay

attention to and all the rest is just

submits and pearls really simple so let

me show you how to work an actual cable

let's pull in a swatch that I have

already created and what I've done on

this swatch is I've done four stitches

in garter stitch four stitches in

stockinette four stitches and garter

four stitches in stockinette four

stitches and garter I'm keeping the

outside stitches in garter stitch

throughout this entire swatch that I'm

creating and I've gone ahead and added

these stitch markers there because I'm

going to recommend that you do the same

thing for your blanket on the outside of

the twelve stitches so you will knit

twelve stitches place a marker do the

body place a marker do 12 stitches it

will just help you keep track and know

that those outside stitches are in

garter stitch okay so I am on my eighth

row it's time for me to do a cable and

that's what I am going to do so let's go

ahead and knit over to where the

stockinette portion is on my swatch

because I am placing those cables on the

stockinette stitches when I get to my

stitch marker I simply just slip it and

I'm right here now we're dealing with

these four stitches correct so remember

what I said these two stitches here need

to be held to the back so that we can

get to these two stitches you have a

choice in what type of cable needle you

want to use you can see down here there

are several different types of cable

needles available to you you find one

that works great I'm just going to

choose this little horse you look in one

today and let's use that one what I will

do is I'll take my cable needle and I

will go into the first two stitches as

if to purl I'd like to take one at a

time that's my preference and then I

literally let those stitches just dangle

in the back of my work see how they're

just hanging out right

there on that cable needle I now will go

ahead and knit the next two stitches on

my left hand needle because I want these

two stitches to come in front of those

two stitches I just placed on the cable

needle now that those two stitches are

in place I can go ahead and come back

here to the stitches from my cable

needle place them back on my left-hand

needle and all I do now is knit those

two stitches that are now on my left

hand needle ready to play see how it

just changed their position we just

changed where they land on the actual

needle so that little crossover right

there is actually your cable see what I

mean about it not looking like it's much

right now but as you begin to work along

you begin to see how you get these

really great cable stitches let's do

this again and this time I will hold my

yarn in my left hand for those of you

who are continental knitters I'll get

over here to where my stockinette

portion is and I'm going to take this

time right now to point out something I

am a big fan of stitch markers you all

know that and for me when I am working

in a stitch pattern where I know I have

a definitive separation of stitches

where I have garter stitch I have

stockinette I like to use a stitch

marker between those sections okay so if

you are like me and you get confused as

you're working along either on the right

side or the wrong side and you want to

be able to keep track don't hesitate to

add a stitch marker every four stitches

so that way you know exactly when you're

supposed to do a stockinette and when

you're supposed to do garter stitch you

could have a stitch marker all the way

down the row like several of them Lord

knows that I would if this was my

blanket so I want to just point that out

that you could add a stitch marker right

there I'm over here to my four stitches

for my cable I need to move these two

stitches to the back and knit those two

stitches so I will grab my cable needle

once again go into each stitch as if to

purl let the hold to the back of my yarn

and I want to make sure that my working

yarn when I go to knit my next two


they aren't hindered by that cable

needle okay it's just hanging out there

I go ahead and knit the next two


from my left hand needle grab the two

stitches I moved place them back on to

my left hand needle and I simply knit

these two stitches onto the end of my

row so I would continue on what I want

to point out here is that after you

finish your cable row the next several

rows you're just doing plain knitting

whether you're doing stockinette stitch

or maybe you have stockinette stitch

just for the cable and then you have

garter stitch or reverse stockinette

between the cables the pattern can vary

all over the place the hard part is that

you need to remember on what row you did

your cables on so that way when it's

time to do another cable row you have

the exact distance between your cables

right so for this example this blanket

we have seven rows between each cable

because we will cable on every eighth

row so that's where I add every stitch

marker removable stitch marker on the

side okay and it's really this is as

simple as it gets

I get a removable stitch marker and

these ones I happen to make if you want

to link to that there's a link right

here on the Marley bread youtube channel

I'll take my stitch marker and I

literally put my stitch marker directly

into the last stitch of my cable row

I don't mark the cable I don't do

anything else I put it into that stitch

okay and I just let it hang there now I

have a point of reference to be able to

go to and say okay so this row this

where my stitch marker is that's where I

did a cable and I can then count how

many rows I've done until it's time to

do another cable and you can see here I

have my my stitch marker from the

previous cable row and now I have my

stitch marker from this cable row this

does not mean you have to have a series

of stitch markers along the side to mark

each cable row you can move one stitch

marker up every time you've done a cable

rose totally up to you and that's how

you can keep track of what cable row you

are on I also want to point out that on

the wrong side for this blanket you need

to maintain pattern and this again is

going to be where the stitch markers

really come in handy so I'm going to

show you how those work right now

it's time for me to knit across these

first four stitches if I were making the

blanket it would be knitting across 12

stitches I'm getting to my marker here

and that marker is a big signifier that

says okay my outside stitches are done

and I'm getting to the body where things

need to change

well when I'm on the wrong side I see

all of these pearls and it's really hard

to distinguish which stitches are just

pearls and which stitches I need to do

garter stitch right because I'm looking

at pearls when I do garter stitch so

these first four stitches need to be

pearled and that's what's written in the

pattern so let's purl these first four

stitches three and four now if I were

just getting in some sort of a rhythm or

a habit I would be like okay I'm just

going to go ahead and purl down the row

what I'm not supposed to the next four

stitches need to be in garter stitch so

this is where having that stitch marker

between every four stitches can be a big

signal for you to say hey wait you just

finished those four pearls now it's time

to do garter stitch so let's do four

garter stitch and once I finish those

four stitches there I could place

another stitch marker and now I'm back

to my four pearls and that will help me

stay on track and specifically it helps

me stay on track on the wrong side so

that way my right side maintains the

stockinette stitch and the garter stitch

as established I am not afraid of using

stitch markers that help me to every

advantage I can get to help me stay on

track because I know that I tend to

start getting kind of squirrely like you

know where you think about something

it's like squirrel and so the stitch

markers are a big reminder to me hey

wait a minute something's changing here

you need to change with it and it just

helps me stay on track now that we're

looking at the right side you can

already see where the cables become a

little bit more distinguished just by

doing that simple a wrong side row that

we just completed we're starting to see

this beautiful cable stitch and you

would continue on in pattern working

your cable stitches separated by garter

stitch until the pattern reaches the

desired length you finish off with 14

garter stitch rows


Loosli and you have an exquisite cable

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