How to knit a cable: 3 easy steps

Finished Comfort Food Cabled Mitts
Finished Comfort Food Cabled Mitts

Cables are simple but look fancy. The cable in Irish Girlie Knits Comfort Food Pattern (on sale through November) is super simple and perfect for a beginner. Here are steps broken down:

How to cable: C5F

At this point I’ve come to the place where I C5F – which translates to “Cable 5 Front.” That just means that the next 5 stitches will be a cable and the twist will go in the front.

Cable step 1 - Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle

Step 1: Slip 2 stitches from the left-hand needle to a cable needle. Hold the stitches to the front of your knitting.

Cable step 2: Knit next 3 stitches from left hand needle

Step 2: Knit the next 3 stitches on the left-hand needle.

Knitting stitches from cable needle

Step 3: Knit the 2 stitches on the cable needle.

Finished cable twist

And you’re done!

Finished cable

Do a little happy dance!

Please excuse my hands – I obviously need a manicure.

For more info on the pattern and a giveaway, go read my post on

Fashionable – long fingerless gloves to knit

I noticed this Michael Kors ad in InStyle magazine and was immediately drawn to those long fingerless gloves. We can totally knit these. Just modify that great Toasty pattern to a 4×1 rib make them looong and put a 1×1 cuff at the top.


Here’s another free pattern that’s already long and ribbed: Glovlies

Hmmm. Now what to knit them with? I may just have some cashmere in my stash that would be perfect.