C is for Cables – A to Z Blogging Challenge

C is for Cables

Today is all about knitted cables.  This was one of the first things I wanted to learn when I started knitting.  I find cables truly fascinating. They twist front and back creating a look that is both beautiful and complex. It is actually a very simple technique of holding live stitches on a third needle while you knit the stitches further in the row.  This forces the stitches to the front or back of the cable, depending on if you hold the third needle in the front or back, giving them a twisted or over-lapping look.

One of my knitting projects for the future (read once I am more accomplished) I want to design and knit my own Aran sweater with cables. Traditional Aran, or fisherman’s, sweaters were designed to represent clan heritage. Each cable had a different meaning and helped to identify members or particular clans in Brittany.

This is a good example of a simple twisted cable to the right. This is actually the first sweater I ever started.  It’s still not finished….But I love cables.


Here are a couple of cables I have been playing around with.  I love how you can move the twists in the cable and create a totally new effect, like the one on the right. The one on the left has three legs twisted together.  That was a lot of fun.  It’s definitely going into my Aran sweater design.

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