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A Quick Cabled Gift Idea

Nov 26, 2012
    
The Ladybug Headband from A Step-By-Step Guide to Knitting Cables with 4 Staff Favorite Patterns

I recently finished a headband similar to the Ladybug Headband by Katy Ryan. I discovered that works really well as an ear warmer, too. It's great for people who don't look good in hats (ahem), or for those who don't like to wear them. And it's stylish, too.

I think I'll make several of these for Christmas gifts; after the first one is done, they'll go really fast—like one done in an evening! I love these kinds of projects. They are special to give and receive, but they're quick to knit so you don't get bogged down with holiday knitting.

The Ladybug is designed with an easy rope cable down the center. One thing that makes cable knitting so much easier (and faster!) is learning how to knit a cable without using a cable needle. Here's a video I made a few years ago, showing how I work cables without the needle.



I know—it's scary. But put on your big knitter's pants and try it. Those loose stitches are only loose for a second, and if you use your thumb to hold them in place, they won't run from you. I promise.

Below are the written directions for this technique, based on the video. A four-stitch cable is used for each example.

Left-Cross Cable
(Traditional directions say "Hold stitches to front.")

1. Slip two stitches to right hand needle.
2. Knit next 2 stitches.
3. Slip left needle into fronts of 2 stitches that you slipped and take right needle out of all four stitches.
4. Bring right needle behind work and capture the 2 stitches that you already knit.
5. Knit the 2 stitches that you slipped.

Right-Cross Cable
(Traditional directions say "Hold stitches to back."

1. Bring yarn to front, slip 2 stitches.
2. Take yarn to back and knit next 2 stitches.
3. Take left needle to back of work, put the tip into back of the 2 stitches you slipped.
4. Slip right needle out of all stitches and capture the 2stitches that you already knit.
5. Knit the 2 stitches that you slipped.

Ladybug Headbands are also great stashbusters. So what are you waiting for? Head to the Knitting Daily Shop and download our eBook, A Step-By-Step Guide to Knitting Cables with 4 Staff Favorite Patterns! You'll love the other three patterns in the eBook, too.

Cheers,

P.S. What's on your needles for the holidays? Let us know in the comments!


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Editor of Interweave Knits magazine Eunny Jang guides knitters of all skill levels through the basics and beyond of knitting cables.

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catlvur456 wrote
on Dec 3, 2012 10:31 AM

thank you so much for this info!  I am new to knitting and have wanted to learn to do cables but it seemed so daunting!  these instructions and video were very helpful.   Now I have uncovered the mystery of knitting cables; who knows where this will take me lol?

rebat wrote
on Nov 26, 2012 7:45 AM

In 1962, I made a similar headband when I was learning how to knit a simple right over left cable.  I used light blue Red Heart yarn left over from making a pair of slippers.  I was 11 years old, but I wore that headband into my 30's, mainly as an ear warmer, until I could no longer repair it.  It's time to make another one.  Thanks for the inspiration!