Fancy Stitch Combos – Easy Cable Rib

Fancy Stitch Combos – Easy Cable Rib


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 them. 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 2. 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! Okay. 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. Okay. 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. [whooshing sounds] [music]

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