Fancy Stitch Combos - Easy Cable Rib

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This week in the Fancy Stitch Combo Series, I'm going to show you how to work an easy

cable rib.

And when I say easy I mean it, because this stitch gives you the look of a twisted cable

stitch, without a cable needle.

There's a couple little extra things you do to get that look, but I would still say it's

easier than handling three different needles in your hand to get that twisted look.

It also is a rib stitch, so it's really stretchy.

So you can take this stitch and use it where you might otherwise just use a plain 2 by

2 rib, or 2 by 1 rib, you can make that work, too.

But I've seen this used on the cuffs of sleeves, or the bottoms of sweaters, or you can even

make an entire hat out of this.

And I'll give you instructions for working this in the video description below, and also

on my website, and I'll give you instructions for both working a flat piece, and for working

something in the round if you want to use this in a hat.

Or sleeve cuff, or sock cuff, or whatever.

But let's go ahead and take a look at the stitch.

Here it is, you can't really tell that it's a rib stitch, until you look at the back.

And it's obviously a rib stitch.

Just a plain rib stitch from the back.

But from the front it really looks like just a regular cable stitch.

But with the twists, no cable needle necessary.

And this is a bulky wool yarn, kind of has some fuzz to it, and I used size 10.5 needles

for it.

And I'll show you just how much stretch we have here.

Lots of stretch.

You can totally make a hat out of this.

Here it is, out of this pink yarn.

And this is a much smoother yarn, less fuzz to it, so the cable twists really stand out.

Show up better.

And there it is on the back of the work.

Very pretty, on both sides.

And again, stretch like crazy.

And these pieces are both blocked, but these little sample pieces were flat before I blocked


This isn't going to curl.

Okay, let's take a look at how to work this.

Okay, the first row is a wrong side row, and we're going to start with knit 2.

And then we're going to continue a repeat of purl 2, knit 2, all the way across.

The wrong side rows are really just, uhh, knit 2 purl 2 rib.

So I knit 2, and to work the purl 2, I pull the yarn forward between the two needles.

And purl two stitches.

And when I go back to knitting 2, I pull the yarn back between the two needles to knit


And that's something you always want to do, not just for this pattern.

Forward, purl 2.

Back, knit 2.

Forward to purl 2.

Most of this pattern is just knit 2, purl 2, rib.

It's just Row 2 that is really the action row.

That was Row 1, and we're ready to get started on Row 2.

Which is what I call the action row.

I'm going to pull out some more yarn to get ready for this!


So Row 2 we're going to start with purling 2.

And this is where the twist comes in, right here.

This is a pretty unique combination of stitches.

You want to knit 2 together.

This is a normal knit stitch.

Knitting 2 together, you want to go through both of them.

Knit 2 together, but don't take that finished stitch off the left needle.

Let me show you that again.

You pull that through, but you leave the old stitch on the left needle.

Then you're going to do something, this is the weird part.

You see these knit 2 together stitches.

You want to knit into this first stitch again.

So put your needle into that first stitch again, wrap it and pull it through.

And then you can pull the whole mess off the needle.


Then we're going to go back to purling 2.

Yarn back, because we're going to work this thing again.

Knit 2 together, wrap it and pull it through two stitches, leaving them on the left needle.

Then, you might need to separate them a bit with your thumb, so you can see that first

stitch again, which you're going to knit into again.

Then you're going to pull it all off the left needle.

Yarn forward to purl 2.

Yarn back, to do the fancy knit two together stitch.

Knit 2 together, separate those stitches, and knit into that first stitch again.

Yarn forward to purl the last two stitches.

Did I say this is a multiple of four stitches plus two?

It is. It's all in the instructions.

So that was the action row.

Row 2.

Row 3 and Row 4 are just knit 2, purl 2 rib.

So you definitely want to use a row counter to keep track of what row you're on.

So that your twists all end up being even.

Evenly placed, I guess you'd say.

And that's it, the easy cable rib.

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