I recently came across a pattern for a hat that uses a “right front cross” type of stitching. It creates a really cool cable pattern that does not use a cable needle. Now, if you’ve followed my blog at all and looked at the pictures, you’ll have already figured out that the cable stitch is one of my favorite patterns.
So this stitch looks really cool, but as I was working on a swatch for a pattern for a coworker’s scarf last night, I was curious about how to do a left front cross stitch. I did a bit of Googling and YouTubing and mostly came up with links for doing a regular cable.
After having no luck finding what I was looking for, I sat down with some crap yarn and decided to attempt to figure it out on my own. It quickly dawned on me that to do a cable going in either direction, you put the cabling needle with stitches to either the front or the back. After that it was pretty quick to figure out.
The right front cross cable:
Knit into the third stitch on the left needle and leave the first three stitches on the left needle. Knit the first and second stitches as usual, slipping them off as you knit them. Slip off the third stitch (the first one you knit).
The left back cross cable:
The left back cable is quite similar, but you have to knit the stitches in a different order and into the back of each stitch. Knit into the back of the second stitch on the left needle and leave it on the needle. Knit into the back of the third stitch on the left needle and leave it on the needle. Knit into the back of the first stitch on the left needle and slip off all three.
I knit a swatch and it looks best to have one or more purl stitches between the cables. It definitely looks interesting on the hat pattern and I’m going to design a pillow pattern using the stitch to see how it turns out at some point.
If you decide to try it and have trouble, leave a comment and I’ll try to explain it differently.