simple technique of cabling (crossing one group of stitches over another) lends itself to many interpretations in knitting. It’s easy to do, you can make all kinds of interesting and imaginative cable patterns. All it takes is a little patience and practice.
You can make any kind of cable by suspending (holding) a number of stitches on a cable needle while you knit that same number of stitches from the LH needle. Then you knit the suspended stitches either by returning them to the LH needle and knitting them or by knitting them straight from the cable needle. This process of knitting stitches out of order enables you to cross stitches, creating cables. Whether you’re making simple or intricate cables, all you’re doing is crossing stitches. Easy, right?
Standard or rope cables are the most basic cables. They generally cross stitches predictably up a single column of stitches. You can make a rope cable over almost any even number of stitches from two to twelve — or more. (To see how it’s done, check out How to Knit Standard Cable Stitch [Rope Cable].)
If you want to make a cable that looks like it’s twisting to the left, you hold your suspended stitches in front of your work while you knit from the LH needle.
If you want to make a cable that twists to the right, hold the suspended stitches in back.