Tight and tidy cable edges

Hi guys, I was just on YouTube watching an instructional video series by Lucy Neatby about cabling. In part two of the series she shows how to neaten the left hand edge of a cable. This side of the cable is looser due to the way the yarn travels from knit to purl. She shows how you can remedy this by reverse-wrapping the first purl stitch after a series of knit stitches. You then have to treat that stitch differently when you come back to it by knitting into the back of it, but it's an amazing little tip for tidier knitting. I think the same process would improve the neatness of ribbing as well. Click the picture below to be taken to the video if you'd care to have a look. Hope you may find this helpful!


Thunderhorse54's picture

Thanks so much!! I was having trouble with that. I've saved the video, so I can go back and refer to it.

Bill's picture

I forgot about that video...
I'm working on a sweater now...having the "loose" problem with my ribbing as well....think I'll try using her method...see If I can train myself to do it...
Thank you!!!

KenInMaine's picture

Oh, please let us know how you make out if you decide to try that with your ribbing.

Bill's picture

I switched to the Lucy method mid way through my ribbing. It was surprisingly easy to get in the habit of doing it that way. There is fortunately, no noticeable difference. I'm now using it in my cabling. REALLY works! It does reverse the stitch on the needle, but it's easy enough to knit into the back of the stitch when you come to it. It has made a BIG difference...because my left stitch was always loose, no matter how hard I tried to tighten it.

Tallguy's picture

Lucy has so many good tips on knitting! Look through her other videos on YT, and if you can, get her set of DVDs. She is an amazing teacher, as you can see from these, and she makes everything very clear and easy to understand. And she is great in person too! (Don't get mis-led by her hair colour!)

KenInMaine's picture

Yes, she has a wonderful way of explaining things, very simple, direct and effective. I have thought about trying some of her DVDs as well. Do you have any of them? If so, does the value of the content seem in line with the cost of the product?

kiwiknitter's picture

I have almost all her videos (except for Brand New Knitter and Knitting Venus 1&2) and found them excellent. I bought them a number of years ago before YouTube exploded on the scene. I like her method of teaching, very clear and easy to follow. I can't say that for many tutorials on YouTube. When in doubt I will check the internet but I almost always go back to Lucy to see what she has to say. I believe the cost is in line with the content but it's really up to the user to decide.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

colamanknits's picture

Ken, thanks for the tip. By the way, love the mittens in your last post.

KenInMaine's picture

Thanks. I'm just finishing up a second pair with a different pattern on both the palm and back of the hand. I hope to be able to share pics of them soon!

SAPBrown's picture

Thanks for the tip.

Kerry's picture

What a handy tip, and so many other useful YT videos as well.

phew's picture

Thanks Ken: I was in the middle of knitting a scarf for my niece that has a cable down the middle and about one third of the way done I noticed a big, I mean big hole with the first cable stitch. Had to rip the who thing out. Good tip and I will certainly give a try. Once again what was the pattern you used for the mittens? Won't attempt the detailed work but I think the concept is great. John

KenInMaine's picture

Hi John, the pattern is in the book Ultimate Mittens by Robin Hansen. The shooting glove with the separate finger shows up twice in the book, as Candlelit Windows Finger Mitts and Eyunsstovu Slants Finger Mitts. These are basically the same mitten with different patterns. But you could easily make them in a solid color instead. Hope this helps!

CLABBERS's picture

Good technique, Ken! Thanks for sharing it. I am in the process of either looking for a pattern or designing a pattern for a duvet cover and cables will probably be featured prominently. I will be using bulkier yarn that is super soft and light/fluffy (not sure what it would be called yet because I haven't found it) and I think that the left edge of the cable would be more apt to have the extra bit she described in the video and be a bit looser. I have saved this link. It's a really good treatment for a common problem. I do so admire people who know the physics of stitchery.