Cables are the best bang for your buck in knitting! Cable designs look difficult, but are so simple to execute. Start with these easy cables and work your way up to more complicated versions. All levels of cables follow the same principles and you will be very impressed by the professional look achieved with such minimal effort. We don’t have to let all those non-knitters in on our little secret!

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  1. Thank you for your videos! While it was a pleasure to be a student of your classes in Dublin, Ohio, these videos continue to provide reminders and ongoing education virtually.

  2. Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me! The abbreviations for C6B and C6F are found on the bottom of page 18 and top of page 19. They are a six stitch cable where three stitches are held to either the front or the back of the work on a cable needle, knit the next three stitches off of the left needle and then knit the stitches held on the cable needle.

    Row 5 is worked in this manner:
    p3, C6B, p3, C6B, p3, C6B, C6F, p3, C6F, p3, C6F, p3.

    Hope this helps!

  3. Hi, I am knitting building block #5 – Cables. I am confused about the instructions and cannot call my local yarn shop due to covid 19. Your instructions are as follows:
    (P3, C6B) 3 times, C6F, p3) 3 times.
    – so does this mean to Purl 3, slip 6 stitches onto cable needle and put in back and do this 3 times, then slip 6 stitches onto the cable needle and put in the front, then purl 3 stitches and do this 3 times.
    — watching the video is don’t in knit stitches on the cables. am I supposed to do the same.

    — sorry, I am not understanding your directions. can you please spell it out for me step by step, I would greatly appreciate it.

    thank you, this is the last block I have to do to complete all 12 blocks. and I love it what I have already learned.

  4. Sorry for the confusion. Slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold in front. Knit next 3 sts from left needle and then knit 3 sts from cable needle. Hope this helps!

  5. I am doing block 5. I am confused between the abbreviation explanation for C6F which says, after you have the 3 stitches on the cable needle, “knit next 3 stitches from the Right hand needle”, while the video clearly says the knit the next three from the left hand needle. What am I missing?
    I would have to move 3 stitches from right to left hand needle to knit them…. just doesn’t make sense .
    Thanks or all your wonderful support.

  6. Hi. Is am working panel #8 of the building in color book and having trouble with the cable. In the cable section of line 3, I can’t seem to be able make it work. I have 20 stitches of color A, and knit the first four, Cable 8 stitches, knit 4 stitches, and there is only 4 stitches in color A left; not enough to cable twice. Can you please tell me what I am doing wrong? Thanks

  7. Thanks for knitting Endgame with me! The 4-part instructions in their original Knit Along format (lots of tips and photos) are found right her on my website – just click on the KAL icon on the home page and then scroll down. The condensed pattern is found either in the Pattern Store on my website in the the free pattern section or on Ravelry. Happy knitting!

  8. I just purchased the yarn for Endgame and was hoping someone could tell me where to get all the directions?

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  11. Your videos always give me hope that I can do this when feeling overwhelmed! Thank you for sharing your instructions so well.

  12. Wonderful video, thank you! Do you have any suggestions for minimizing the hole adjacent to each cable? I’m using super-bulky yarn and cabling over six stitches.

  13. Thank you Jan and knit purl – I was trying to put six stitches on my cable, then knit six, then purl three stitches. Al I can say is that it was a bit like trying to push a very large button through a very small buttonhole! Silly me!! It even looked like a bulky mess.

  14. I am on the Cable Building block #5. So Cable 6 means 3 stitches on cable and 3 stitches on needle?

  15. Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me! There is not a specific video for mock cables. It is the psso and yo before a purl stitch that create the mock cable and these videos are referenced in the book. Happy knitting!

  16. Is there a video for Mock Cables? I did not see it in the list of instruction videos.
    The mock cable is the next building block that I will be working on.
    Your videos are so helpful I watch them over and over when I get stumped. Thanks!

  17. Thanks for knitting Building Blocks with me! It sounds as if you are doing all the right things! The loose purl stitch after a cable is a natural phenomenon and can’t be completely eliminated. You are hand knitting so all of the stitches are not exactly the same which is the beauty of the craft. Only a machine makes perfect stitches every time. I will bet that your block is lovely!

  18. I’ve watched ALL of your videos – thank you so much. I bought your Building Blocks book and I am now on my last block, the cable block. I have trouble with the purl stitches, following the cable stitches, as being very loose. I tried your trick of wrapping the purl stitch the opposite way and correcting it on the wrong side but it just doesn’t look right. I’ve tried pulling the purl stitch very tightly but that doesn’t work very well either. I’m now purling 3 stitches and going back and with my left needle pulling the first stitch to tighten it and subsequently tightening the 2nd and 3rd stitch too. Looks good but is a lot of extra work. Any ideas?
    Your knitting seems so relaxed and effortless. My dream!

  19. Your videos are so easy to follow! Thanks! 🙂 I would really like to learn how to decrease cables. Hope to see a video tip on that soon!

  20. There is no video when I tried to view the cable video. I read the explanation but didn’t have any visuals. Did I do something wrong or is it the website?

  21. I am a renewed knitter. I learned the garter stitch as a little girl and now as an adult, I have discovered the joy of knitting. I took some lessons and your book was recommended. I am on Block 5. The videos are perfect for reinforcing what I learned and for instilling confidence. I am for sure “happily knitting”. Thank you for your book and this website!

  22. I am delighted that you are enjoying Building Blocks! Your skill level is perfect for the book. I look forward to hearing from you as you work your way through the book. Happy knitting, Michelle

  23. Dear Ann,
    I thank you so much for your online video training. I live in Granville and purchased your booklet from wisp knitting & crochet…the instructor of this building blocks class was not user friendly for a new knitter like me; however, I came home and started watching your video’s and today I start BLOCK #5. I never went back to the classes I paid for, but that is okay I am learning more from you.
    Thank you so much – you have made my dream of becoming a good knitter come true.
    Kindly, Ruthie

  24. That is always the trickiest part about cables! The knitting is so easy in between cable rows that it is common to lose track of the rows. I prefer to use a counter. I am particularly fond of the ones that click as you advance the number. I have the old school plastic clickie counter and a clickie knitting app on my smart phone. I feel a real sense of accomplishment at the sound of the click. (Don’t get me started on my love affair with clickie pens!) I also find sticky notes extremely helpful to keep track of my rows. Some knitters like to drape a small piece of waste yarn in the first stitch of the cable round and then remove it on the next cable round to help them keep count the rows.

  25. Thank you for the video–it is good to see another set of hands letting you k now you are doing the technique correctly!!

  26. I watched and enjoyed this video- even though I have cabled alot, the teaching style is beautiful.

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