Cables of differing depth can be created according to your pattern. The cables should be in proportion to the other elements of the design. Here we look at creating cables over six stitches – the minimum number of rows this cable can be worked over is also six.
You might find it helpful to use a row counter or make a careful note on a piece of paper when you are working cables as the rows can be difficult to count between the twists of the cables.
Cable six front (C6F):
Here we look at the effect produced when you move three stitches from right to left. Cast on the required number of stitches for the background plus six stitches for the cable panel. The first row is the right side of the fabric. Work the background in reverse stocking stitch and then knit the six stitches in the centre to start the cable panel.
On the second row, purl the six stitches that comprise the cable panel, on the third row knit them and on the fourth row purl them.
You can work the cable on the fifth row. Slip the first three stitches of the cable panel onto a cable needle and hold at the front of the work, knit the next three stitches and then knit the three stitches held on the cable needle. Continue to the end of the row, working the background stitch. Purl the sixth row
Continue repeating these six rows to form a cable that looks like this, twisting from right to left each time.
To make a more shallow cable you can work the cable on every seventh row. Simply knit all the right side rows of the cable panel and purl all the wrong-side rows until you reach the seventh row. Slip the first three stitches onto the cable needle, knit the next three stitches and then knit the three stitches on the cable needle. Purl the eighth row.
The cable you create in this way has shallower curves and is more elongated.
Cable six back (C6B):
To twist the cable in the other direction, from left to right, work to the fifth row as described in steps 1 and 2. On the fifth row, slip the first three stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work. Knit the next three stitches on the left-hand needle and then knit the three stitches from the cable needle.
Purl the sixth row and repeat the pattern to create this twisted cable across six stitches and six rows.
To work a longer cable, work to the seventh row before moving the stitches on the cable needle.
This creates a cable with shallower curves.