Cabling without a cable needle

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First, what makes this tutorial different from the numerous cabling without a cable needle tutorials available on the web? Other tutorials just instruct you how to transpose the cable stitches and then knit them. The method explored here (the invention of which I do not take credit for) is a bit more elegant and involves fewer steps.

Cables become that much more exciting if you don't have to use a cable needle or a double-pointed needle to help you along. This is especially true for a new knitter, who is much more likely to jump into an interesting cabled project if only two needles are involved. Oh, and think about a pretty pair of cabled socks, like these ones, knit with a set of 5 dpns... uh-oh, if you use a cable needle, now you have a total of six needles to juggle!

I first read about making cables without the aid of an additional needle in Annie Modesitt's Confessions of a Knitting Heretic. In this tutorial I expound upon Annie's ideas.

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Let's cable! I will use a six-stitch cable as an example. Choose your destiny:

Right-twist cable (same as holding sts in back)

Left-twist cable (same as holding sts in front)