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Topic: Owl Cable and C4B and C4F  (Read 7410 times)
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« on: February 02, 2008 01:20:08 PM »

Hi all! So I looked around and didn't find any answers to my question and thought maybe someone could me out...

I am currently working on the http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/clothowl.htm pattern. It is my first time increasing, YO, decrease, AND cables. I am however at the cable part now and really stuck.

How exactly do you C4B and C4F. What exactly would I do to follow these instructions...

Row 34: K2, Yo, K8, P3, C4B, C4F, P3, K across

is says:
C4B (Cable Four Back): Work on 4 sts. Place the first 2 sts on cable needle, hold in back of work, K2, then K2 from the cable needle.
C4F (Cable Four Front): Work on 4 sts. Place the first 2 sts on cable needle, hold in front of work, K2, then K2 from the cable needle.

I guess I just don't understand how exactly this works. What does "work on 4 stitches" mean?
Do I knit 4 stitches and then place them on the cable needle, or slide them from the needly their on onto the cable needle?? I'm lost.

Thank you, sorry it's long!!
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2008 01:45:52 PM »

I just made this!

For the C4B, you'll slip two stitches onto the cable needle and stick it behind the work.  Knit two stitches from your regular knitting needle, then knit the two off of the cable needle, so you get the neat little twist bit.
It's a bit awkward working around the cable needle, but it gets easier.
As for the C4F, you do the same thing, but instead of throwing the cable needle behind the knitting (after you've put the two slipped stitches onto it), you keep it in front.

The 'work on 4 sts' bit is just saying that your whole cable will only involve 4 sts.  For example, if it said 'work on 6 sts', instead of slipping two stitches, you'd slip three, and replace any other two's I put in the directions up there with threes as well.

Did that help some?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2008 02:10:19 PM »

Yes!! Thank you so much, I think I got it now Smiley I'm so excited!!
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2008 03:45:37 PM »

I turns out really cute!
My only regret is that I knitted it in a verigated cotton.
Solid colors are your friends!
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2016 02:00:32 AM »

Thank you so much. Helped me understand my owl sweater, too. Never thought cables would be that easy.
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