Knitting a hat is a great way to use up scraps of wool left over from a bigger project, and a textured hat always looks funky, but you might be put off attempting a cable pattern because it looks tricky. In cable stitch, the stitches appear to overlap each other, and a cable pattern can also include bobbles and cross overs that look really hard to do. In fact, they are really quite simple once you break the pattern down into small steps, and all patterns will tell you exactly how to work the cable.
What will I need?
The most important piece of equipment to get yourself is a cable needle! These special needles have a ‘V’ in the middle to stop the stitches from sliding off, and are used to hold the stitches at the front and the the back of the knitting while you work other stitches on the main needles.
Here’s a step by step of how to work with the third needle. The stitches are slipped on to the cable needle and held either at the front or the back while a few stitches are worked from the needles. Then cable needle is then brought back in and the stitches worked from there, creating a twist as the knitting wraps around itself.