How to knit cables without a cable needle: left leaning cables

How to knit cables without a cable needle: left leaning cables

To make a 2/2LC (4 stitch left leaning cable) you need to follow the next 4 steps:

1) Insert your right hand needle into the 3rd and 4th stitch on your left hand needle in the back of the stitches, from right to left

2) Then, take the 1st 2 stitches from your left hand needle and pinch them. The next 2 stitches will now be on your right hand needle

3) Next, place the pinched stitches back on your right hand needle. After that, place the 2 unworked stitches from your right hand needle to your left hand needle

4) You can then knit the next 4 stitches on your right hand needle

5) You have now successfully worked your 2/2LC

This technique can easily be adapted to other types of left-leaning cables like 1/1LC, 1/1LPC, 1/1TLC, 2/1TLC, etc. Just make sure that you substitute the knit stitches by ktbl or purls when necessary, and slip the right amount of stitches.

Here’s a little overview:

1/1TLC Sl1 to CN at front, ktbl1, ktbl1 from CN Stick RHN in back of 2nd st on LHN from right to left, take 1st st from LHN and pinch, shift 2nd st to RHN, place pinched st back on LHN, place 1st st from RHN back to LHN, ktbl2
1/1TLPC Sl1 to CN at front, p1, ktbl1 from CN Stick RHN in back of 2nd st on LHN from right to left, take 1st st from LHN and pinch, shift 2nd st to RHN, place pinched st back on LHN, place 1st st from RHN back to LHN, p1, ktbl1
2/1LC Sl2 to CN at front, k1, k2 from CN Stick RHN in back of 2nd and 3rd st on LHN from right to left, take 1st st from LHN and pinch, shift 2nd and 3rd st to RHN, place pinched st back on LHN, place 1st 2 sts from RHN back to LHN, k3
2/1LPC Sl2 to CN at front, p1, k2 from CN Stick RHN in back of 2nd and 3rd st on LHN from right to left, take 1st st from LHN and pinch, shift 2nd and 3rd st to RHN, place pinched st back on LHN, place 1st 2 sts from RHN back to LHN, p1, k2
2/2LC Sl2 to CN at front, k2, k2 from CN Stick RHN in back of 3rd and 4th st on LHN from right to left, take 1st and 2nd st from LHN and pinch, shift 3rd and 4th st to RHN, place pinched sts back on LHN, place 1st 2 sts from RHN back to LHN, k4

You can practice your new skill while knitting these designs: GizaGothic Arches, Hyggelig, Walking through a vineyard, and Naga Noda.

Good luck!

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