How To Knit Cables Without a Cable Needle & McKenna Mitt Tutorial

How To Knit Cables Without a Cable Needle & McKenna Mitt Tutorial


Hi, this is Kelley and we’ll talk about how to cable without a cable
needle and we’re gonna be making the McKenna mitts today and I am very
excited about that you’ll see our new sign Jim made that for me he thought it
might make it easier for you to understand what was happening and what
we’re doing and so he made that sign for me I thought it was pretty cute very
sweet of my husband he always takes very good care of me so today I just wanted
to show you how I’m taking this wonderful pattern here and while we’re
talking and we are going through this pattern make sure you tell us where
you’re from and if you have any issues or any questions please tell us about
that in the comment section and you can share with your friends as well also
every week we have a giveaway and this last week we did the simply kriya here
and it is a super baby alpaca with a Kachina construction by Heidi qu and
it’s a lovely lovely yarn so that was the giveaway for last week so Suzanne
says hi from Oklahoma a bunch of people joining me that’s New York morning good
morning I hope it’s nice weather in New York
it’s Sara so tired hi Sara good morning it’s nice to have
all of you with me as I talk to you about my project that I was working on
in this last couple days and it’s called the McKenna myths and let me show you
what they look like and you know me I always change something up a little bit
look at that there it’s actually a piece of fiber no Debbie doctors joining use
photography she’s in Florida she said she’s got warm weather oh that’s
fantastic thank you for sharing your shawl with us we posted it on our
homepage because the colors were so beautiful and you did such a great job
Debbie I just was really blessed that you were allowed us to share that with
all of our fellow knitters and so anyway so we’re talking about these
myths today and I’m changing it up a little bit now this pattern was written
by the borracho design team and I’ll show you right here and it’s your free
pattern and we have it on our website and I’ll be going through how to do
these McKenna myths and specifically how to cable without a cable needle so first
of all this McKenna MIT pattern calls for this lovely ultra alpaca chunky and
I use ultra alpaca chunky all the time it’s a fantastic yarn now I decided to
change it up because I had this beautiful eco Puna yarn which is a
hundred percent baby alpaca and it’s a DK weight yarn and what I did is I wound
it into a cake much like this one and then I used it the strand from the
outside of my work and a strand from the inside of my work so I used two strands
of the yarn to make my fingerless mitts that I’m making now I also changed
something else I think in the pattern it calls for a number nine needle and I put
mine on a number seven so I tightened up that gauge on there on
purpose knowing that because I’m making fingerless mitts and alpaca is not known
for being extremely durable I tightened up the gauge to help with that
durability issue now this yarn is really nice yarn to use for this specific
project because if you look at it the alpaca actually has a nice twist on it
and that will help hold the fibers together as well and we have this other
pattern that we have that Megan made for us in its vowel study gloves or mitts
and it uses this sorry plymouth growing day and we have it in
hand paint and in solid colors now what I wanted to tell you about that is if
you look at this actual yarn it’s very loosely oh maybe we have it now sorry we
had a a little technical difficulty so I was
just talking about this grande alpaca yarn and it comes in hand paint and
solid colors and that we had the owl study glove pattern on our website as
well and I made those fingerless mitts and it was funny because it took me Oh
quite a few hours to do that because I was a brand new knitter and then when I
got done I probably warned them less time than it took me to knit it and they
started looking really shabby so I would not recommend this yarn for fingerless
mitts because your hand you’re using all the time and it’s too much wear and tear
for this particular yarn save this yarn for your hats and maybe for a cowl not
great for sweaters or mittens something that’s gonna get continuous use because
it doesn’t work as well hey there I’m just let them know that we
actually had to we I hit the wrong button restart we did have some
technical difficulties and I think we have it ironed out now right Jim
yes so I think it’s all taken care so if you’re gonna do those owl study gloves
that we have on our website this ultra alpaca chunky is a grand a super duper
choice because the yarn is only 50% alpaca and it has the durability of the
wool because the other 50% is wool and then it has a tighter twist on the yarn
itself so this yarn is perfectly suitable for fingerless mitts is
fantastic but today I knit mine out of the eco Puna and I used two strands of
this yarn and I was able to make my fingerless mitts with just one skein and
I also started this pattern that I’m going to be making for you and this is
going to be a scarf that matches the fingerless mitts and I’ll have that
ready in a few days for you and if you look how nicely it matches your see the
fingerless mitts and the scarf together in that cute oh nice and up doing stuff
like that anyways so I just changed that pattern
up a little bit and maybe it an inning flat turned it into a scarf by
doing two of the repeats of the cable once you mentioned why he did it why did
this happen what do you had the extra yarn remember
oh yes yes of course you know how I hate wasting yarn that’s true
I had this ego pillow when I was done I had about a third of the skein left and
I’m like oh how can I use that a little bit that’s left and then I thought well
I’ll buy one more stain and then I can do the scarf and the fingerless mitts
and let me tell you how I was able to tell how long my start would be etc etc
so on this scarf I knit with the rest of my yarn see
that’s how much is left I’m gonna attach my new yarn to there and so I’m gonna
get one more scheme so this was about a third of a skein of the yarn right
remembering that this is how double so it’s a nice fluffy scarf and will be
absolutely this yarn is so delightfully soft so then I took my tape measure and
measured it and when blocking it’s gonna be roughly I’m gonna say it’s gonna be
closer to nine inches then it’s gonna be to eight so if I buy another skein I
would go 9 times 4 is 36 because I have 9 inches here and I had this is one
third of this game so I was multiplying it by 4 9 times 4 is 36 so I would have
a scarf when it’s blocked right around 40 inches so it’d be not a long long
scarf because a typical scarf is about 60 inches but it’ll be just enough to
wrap around and keep me warm and not so much that I get tangled in the doorways
which I really like scarves that aren’t too much because I tend to get them hung
up on things is I’m running by or running through a door so it’s yeah not
a great thing for me so Marilyn says you can make a hat with the air leftover
from the scarf you can totally you might eat out a tiny little hat
maybe a baby hat you could possibly do a baby hat because there are a few less
stitches but you might still need to get another skin to kind of finish off that
hat unless you wanted to do a hat that was a tiny little hat and instead of
doubling the yarn you know using two strands to knit your project you could
go back to knitting one and then you could get a scarf either I had out of it
didn’t know they’re all saying you could get a headband you could do a headband
yes if you wanted to do a hub doubled headband
you could do all kinds of stuff wouldn’t it be cute if you just took one section
of that like um just from here to here and made a hand headband with it not not
omitting the ribbing wouldn’t that be cute that would make a cute headband
that’s great idea I might have to make that I took excellent idea
anyway so I was just messing around with that and so when you’re doing this
McKenna project I’m just gonna talk about real
quickly about the items that I needed to go ahead and make the project and if
you’re not going to do cabling without a cable needle you probably don’t need
these cable needles and there’s a few different kinds ones that look like a
loop and ones that are straight there’s another plastic loopy one and then I had
one that looks like that too they have ones that look like that and so anyways
so that was that and then when I’m doing my project I
always use some sort of stitch markers to mark where I’m at on my project and I
love the safety pin stitch markers that we have from a pocket direct and there’s
40 stitch markers in here and the price is excellent so if you haven’t purchased
these yet they’re an excellent Buy they stay close they’re good quality I’ve
given them a good test and they’re fantastic and then these dreams are
excellent needles and these are great for doing your mittens two at a time in
the round using the Magic Loop method I love the magic good method and then of
course you would need darning needles and these chibi sets
now I here’s mine see my little cheesy set what I like about these chibi sets
is you can store a whole bunch of needles in there and they have a cap
that screws on and off and then you can get to your needles the needles are
right inside so you can get to the different needles so you have and then
it doesn’t come apart so when you’re going traveling or what have you I can
take this with me and the lid stays on tight and my darning needles are as
handy as can be also I wanted to show you this new tape
maker that we have it’s actually made in Germany and we are getting it from a
Pekka direct and it has regular itches and then some millimeters on it it’s so
cool oh these are centimeters sorry whatever centimeters anyways I really
like this tape measure and it works it’s very very good quality and smooth so I
really like that one so I wanted to show that too but they’re not available yet
they’re not available yet but they will be soon so let’s I’m gonna come walk
around the table and I’m gonna show you how to cable without a cable needle and
we have what you ask yourself what is cabling without a cable needle or what
is cabling in general and then you would say it is cabling is when you take
stitches and you knit them out of order so what we will be doing is slipping two
stitches knitting two stitches then taking notes two stitches that we knit
holding them and then taking them off the needle and putting the ones we
haven’t knit back on the needle so that we can go ahead and knit the last two
stitches that would and that’s how it’s knit out of order all right so I’m gonna
come around here also I wanted to show you a few things before I get started
because you know how I go from my so this is actually sort of the pattern
for the mittens except for I did my cables right leaning or left leaning
instead of right and left like it shows in the mittens so I’m going to take
these off here so you can see and I put them on a big cord I always buy these 47
inch cords because when I’m doing sweaters I can actually I love doing
sweaters that are in the round top-down and it allows me to try the sweaters on
that’s why you’ll always see me with longer needles because usually I very
rarely buy the short needles and another thing that I wanted to point out to you
here see how this edge right here has these bumps that’s what happens when you
just knit your project flat and you don’t flip any stitches but see how
pretty that is right there that’s your slip stitch edge and so I just made that
on there so I could show you that so and I found that when I slip the last stitch
of every row it turns out better so I wanted to just talk to you and show you
real quick when you’re knitting and you know a lot of people will say I don’t I
can’t remember how to slip the stitch I don’t remember how to do it so these
last two stitches would be knit stitches so then you can slip as if to knit with
the yarn and then working yarn in the Knitting position and then it slipped
perfectly okay so then let me pull out some yarn here and we’re oh you know I
wanted to yeah okay this one right here that I have on the needles first is
going to be my left-leaning cable so when I go along here I’ve slipped this
one I’ll go ahead and purl it and I have little markers here just showing where
the edge of that 14th stitch pattern is because
when I am working along this right here is a slit except for on the right side
you knit it that’s the slip stitch Jim can now grab those fingerless mitts
right there real quick I wanted to show him something sure sorry about that you
guys I didn’t mean to jiggle things around what I’m talking about is this
right here this stitch right here is slipped every other round so when on one
round it is slipped and on the next round it’s knit in it by slipping
stitches it elongates the stitch and makes this really nice accent and so
that is fantastic and it’s just done by slipping so if you look down here at
this let me show you at this bar right here that was slip from the previous row
and then when I come on to the next row I go ahead and knit it okay so then
let’s go over to our cabling now when we’re cabling for left here are some
things I wrote out for you left-leaning cable it’s the opposite of a right cable
which means you hold the working yarn in the front and I’ll show you this in just
one moment and it is also called by a capital C the number four and a capital
L cable four left that would that’s common abbreviation that you would see
when you’re knitting your patterns and it’s talking about cabling so when you
go ahead and you do a left leaning cable you’re going to be holding the needle in
the front well you say what do you do with this working yarn well I can tell
you you can’t hold it in the front because if you hold it in the front how
do you knit it’s in the way as you’re being able to knit so where you hold
your working yarn is the opposite of where you hold the needle when you’re
taking that the two stitches out okay so you would hold the working yarn
the back and then you have to slip your two stitches and you just slip them
needle tip to needle tip and then you would go ahead and knit two then here’s
the part where you knit the stitches out of order
I hold my my two stitches in the front I’m stabilizing the back two stitches
with my index finger and then I would go ahead and knit those stitches see it’s
turning it then on the next one we’re gonna cable left again okay without the
cable needle so I would go ahead and take two stitches keeping the working
yarn in the back I would go ahead and knit two stitches hold the two stitches
that I didn’t work with my needle pull that right hand needle out put the ones
back on and then we can work these last two stitches and so cabling is just
working stitches out of order and right here is my slip stitch and on the
previous row I can tell that I slipped the stitch and didn’t work it so on this
row I would go ahead and knit it right and then I would purl one and the last
stitch of every round to make this beautiful edge you would go ahead and
say what stitches right here this is gonna be a purl stitch cuz I started
with a knit two okay so this one’s gonna be a purl stitch so I would slip this
stitch as if to purl with the working yarn in front just pretend as if I’m
gonna purl but I don’t actually purl I just go ahead and slip it it’s that easy
that’s how you get that beautiful edge okay so now I have showed you how to
table left how to slip your stitches and how to make this decorative
edge by slipping a stitch every other row or around depending on whether or
not you’re doing the flat knitting or in the round knitting so now let’s go on
and do this little swatch and this one Angela says she keeps losing her cable
needle in bed oh do you know that my cable needles were made out of wood and
my dogs like to eat them it’s terrible and so I just you know I I liked cabling
without a cable needle because then I do not have to worry about what happened to
my cable needle although you could cable with a pencil you can cable with
anything you can cable with chopsticks you get there’s all you get creative you
know so I’m gonna go ahead and knit this one and then I’m going to be purling two
and now we are going to be looking at our right laning cable now the way that
I remember the right leaning cable is you hold it in the rear re8 are right
righ t both start with our so that’s how I remember which one if you can remember
one of these then the other is just the opposite okay so now we’re gonna look at
our right laning cable and we can’t put our working yarn behind because that’s
where we’re gonna be holding it with the needle and the working yarn will get in
the way of our ability to be able to complete our cable so we have to hold it
in the front then we go ahead and knit two right then we take our needle and
hold those two stitches that haven’t been worked remember those were the ones
that were slipped and we stabilize the ones in front and then we go ahead
knit those last two stitches now one more time okay
our working yang is in the front and we slip those two stitches and then we knit
two stitches and then we hold the stitches in the rear of our work for our
right leaning cable and carefully carefully pull it out put that back
there put the working yarn back into position and knit those last two
stitches now I am going to finish this row and we can take a look at what we
have created and we will have created some nice little cable so purl one then
stitch next to it would have been a purl so we would slip our yarn as if to purl
with the work in front now a lot of people say always slip your stitches as
if to purl with the yarn in front remember most people are using garter
stitch on the edge of their projects and that’s what they’re talking about
sometimes it doesn’t work that way but when they say that to you that’s why
they’re saying it because they’re using garter stitch for their borders okay so
now let’s take a look at it there is our right leaning cable so the
right leaning cable you hold in the rear and the left leaning cable you hold in
the front so if you guys like this or have any questions about it please let
me know I’d be happy to answer any questions that you have cabling without
a cable needle is loads of fun and so if you want to share this with your friends
so they can learn how to go ahead and knit the project that’s fantastic to
cabling without a cable need is fantastic and make sure you’re pushing
your like button so you can share and we know that you like what we are seeing
because we used your comments to help direct future projects so I wanted to
show you a couple more things one minute jump we are going to talk
about how to tip count rows of cables okay I have
had customers come in here and say how do I tell how many rows I knitting along
and I wasn’t paying attention and I don’t know if I need to cable now or if
I should wait and let me show you an easy little trick okay so if you look at
our pattern excuse me Jim I have a pattern here and it’s a four row pattern
for the cable pattern is rows 1 & 3 2 & 4 so a total of 4 rounds for the mitten
right so one round is going to be cabling and the other 3 rounds are going
to be knitting whatever stitch you see okay so you need to have a total of four
rounds to keep that complete that once alright
so if we look at our stitches between our cables do you see right here between
the two holes let me just stab it in the face and show
you if you if you stab your needle between one cable row and the next cable
row how many bars do you have you have 4 ha ha so I know that I’m on track
because I have one row where I was cabling or one row or one round it
depends if you’re knitting flat or you’re knitting the mittens in the round
so I have one strand for where I did the cable and then three more strands that
were basically knit in pattern okay so that’s how you can’t count your cables
if I had lifted these bars and I had six of them I would have had two too many
rounds or rows so that’s how you tell how to count your cables okay
just an easy FYI when you’re speeding along like me you need to know how to
make sure that you’re staying within your pattern so the next thing I wanted
to talk about yes sir oh sure I’m just looking to see and we already talked
about our slip stitch edge which is fantastic alright now I wanted
to talk about this particular pattern and how I knew what my stitch count
should be number one on this cable pattern
and the how should I say that it starts with knit one purl one ribbing which is
a count of two so you need to have a multiple of two for anything that you do
for this right and then they cast on 32 stitches now I was using a number seven
needle I think it would be perfectly acceptable to use number eight you would
get a fabric that’s a little less dense and but it would still be beautiful so
for most of you out there and use a number eight and you’ll get a medium
sized woman’s globe mitten mint and it’ll fit fit perfectly so they want to
know where to get the pattern to it’s on a package or a calm and it’s pretty free
pattern so if you type in wwlp.com you can find it there and you just look up
under the name it’s called McKenna myths they’re mints and so it was a really fun
pattern and it was totally fantastic what I did for mine
they said the caps on 32 stitches almost this whole pattern is in purl every row
it’s called reverse stockinette stitch right so I figured I don’t need to
change the actual cable pattern all I’m gonna do is add a few more purl stitches
in so that I can tighten up the gauge on my mitts to make sure that they’re warm
enough for me and to help with the durability of the Mint’s themselves so I
went ahead on mine and I cast on 36 stitches instead of 32 so I added a
total of four stitches which is a multiple of two so that the two
the one by one ribbing is still acceptable it’ll still work so that’s
how I did mine it was that pretty that easy and then also on mine I found on
these mints when I was doing it the the length from the length from right here
to right here was gonna be a little bit short with one round between each
increase around for our thumb right so if you look at my increase around here I
did two rounds of the reverse stockinette and and with the pattern
between each increase round okay and it gave me more length and it just made it
more more comfortable to wear you can show me your thumb gusset – yes my thumb
does it and that was no no mending whatsoever just closed very nice I’m
using that little technique that we used before where we pick up the slack on
both the top and the bottom side of your thumb to tighten it up a little bit so
I’m looking at here oh also when I did my increases every two rounds what I did
on this top part up here I would go I would mark it I don’t have a pen I would
do a tick mark and a tick mark and then the letter I for increase and this right
here is my notes right there even though it’s small I can still see it
so I would do two rounds in pattern one round and increase two rounds in pattern
– one round and increase and that worked fantastic so and then I’ll be making the
scarf for you this week as well yes true story we have our contest this week in
the contest I was thinking that somebody would totally love a skein of this eco
Puna which is 100% baby alpaca I just wanted you guys to get it in your hands
now this company is not as well known but they have a beanie on task
product and this alpaca is exceptionally nice it is beautiful so I am this is the
price for this week and also gym we should probably talk about who the
winner was from last week and the winner last week one these two skates of this
beautiful simply crea and I just love this ring one is called tropical rain
the other Cup is called spring meadow and that is the price for this week and
let me tell you who the winner was for this week let me see if I can find Oh
Judy Nicola and Judy you would share a last name again
fantastic and it’s piccola hmm yeah and anyways all you have to do to have your
wonderful yarn sent to you this wonderful yarn that you won you have to
give us your address and go to customer service at a packet direct and let us
know what your address is and we can get that out then the mail to you and for
those of you who want the two entered to win this price for this week which is
the Eco pune the last week’s prize was this one second here that’s simply Korea
so and Judy won this and the price for this week is our eco pune all you have
to do is post comments in the comment section and let us know what you’re
working on maybe where you’re from pictures are great names of patterns are
fantastic we love learning from you and we love getting project ideas from you
so that we can you know we see something beautiful we can go ahead and make it
too so that’s awesome and then sharing with your camp friends is always
fantastic and much appreciated because then we can get the word out to as many
people as possible and we can enjoy sharing with each other and learn from
each other as well we do have a VIP Facebook group and it is a very active
group with very talented knitters and crochets and you
can go ahead and join that it’s free for you to join so you just go to the VIP
group and then also I wanted to summarize what we’re talking about today
and we are talking about cabling without a cable needle and if you could remember
one thing from today when your cabling without a cable needle and you’re doing
a right cable you are gonna hold that the stitches in the rear the rear four
right and if you can remember that you’ll be able to cable both left and
right and that is fantastic and also I wanted to let’s see I had a couple more
things here yes I wanted to make sure and let give you something to consider
consider moving outside of the box and making something a little different
taking this beautiful pattern and using this beautiful eco Putin Pune yarn and
by the way this ego Pune is organic it is undyed and so for those of you out
there that have allergies this is a fantastic baby alpaca yarn to use and it
is not well known but it is of exceptional quality and I have tried it
for you and I am so happy to have it as part of our yarn line up in our pocket
direct because it is a fantastic yard so if you get a chance you go ahead and try
it and I hope you guys have a great week that’s next week we’re going to be
talking about cils and k ALS so net loss in crochet and knit alongs and knitting
and we are going to be talking about this nice little shawl that Kyle Connect
is gonna be doing and it’s called the Luciano
and we are going to be talking to getting that started this next week
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. so join me back then and I will talk to you soon and have a
great week

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