Technique:

Twisted Cable Rib

This is a clever classic knitting pattern that creates little cables in a rib knit without bothering with a cabling needle. The pattern is reversible, too. It’s a great way to add a little something extra to sweaters, socks, or anything else that makes use of ribbing. After the cut you’ll find a photo tutorial for the technique used.

Twisted Cable Rib
Worked over a multiple of 4 stitches
Pattern:
Row 1, 2, 3: knit 2, purl 2
Row 4: knit the second stitch, knit the first stitch, purl 2

 

This version will create a cable rib on one side and a plain rib on the back.
For a perfectly reversible design use this variation:

 

Reversible Twisted Cable Rib
Worked over a multiple of 4 stitches
Pattern:
Row 1, 2: knit 2, purl 2
Row 3, 4: knit the second stitch, knit the first stitch, purl 2

 

The photos below explain what is meant by “knit the second stitch, knit the first stitch.”

This tutorial is shown starting after a “purl 2.”

Pretend the next stitch you would normally knit simply isn’t there. Insert the needle into the second stitch on the left needle as you would normally knit it.

Wrap the yarn between the needles as you usually would.

Draw the yarn through the stitch, again as usual.

Tighten up the stitch you just made, but leave everything on the needles. Insert the needle into the first stitch (the one you skipped over before) as you usually would.

 

*If your cable stitches are loose when working this pattern pay extra attention to tightening up this first loop, it’s probably the problem.

Knit it as you usually would.


Pull both of those stitches off the needle. You’ll have two twisted stitches. Purl the next two stitches and do it all over.

 

It may take a few tries to get the hang of it, but for an application like this it’s a whole lot faster than using a cabling needle.