Cables are one of my favourite things to knit. I still remember the day, as a fairly new knitter, that I discovered a photo tutorial for cabling without a cable needle, and I carried a dog-eared printout around in my knitting bag for months. Working cables from the wrong side of your work can be a little more interesting, since usually the main cable you’ll see in your work isn’t facing you. It’s always ok to peek at the right side as you work by tilting it towards you!
Now, my cabling-without-a-cable technique is a little different to Ysolda’s. I work the stitches as I move them, while Ysolda would rearrange all the stitches first before working them. It’s completely down to personal preference, so I’d recommend having a look at Ysolda’s Technique Thursday post on Cabling with a cable needle too. The cables used in this tutorial are the ones used in Hiraeth, the lovely squishy scarf from Knitworthy 2.
This is what I’m starting with, the right side shown on the left and the wrong side which will be facing me when working on the right.
Kitchener stitch is a knitting technique used for grafting together two sets of live stitches, most often stockinette stitch. Instead of binding off and sewing two edges together, you can use a tapestry needle and yarn to join the stitches completely seamlessly.
The crochet provisional cast-on is easy to work and unzips perfectly every time! A provisional cast-on can be used anytime you want to pick up live stitches from your cast-on edge, either to knit in the opposite direction from or to create a seamless kitchener stitch join.
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