Twisting to the right or left

A cable can twist to the right or left, depending on where you hold the suspended stitches.

I To make a cable that twists to the left, hold the suspended stitches in front of your work while you knit from the LH needle.

I To make a cable that twists to the right, hold the suspended stitches in back.

Cable instructions typically tell you whether you hold the stitches in front or back. Consider these instructions, which create a 6-stitch left-twisting cable:

Sl next 3 sts to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn.

Instructions for the same cable, but twisting to the right, read like this:

Sl next 3 sts to cn and hold in back, k3, k3 from cn.

You may also see abbreviations like C3F and C3B. The C before the number tells you that these stitches are cable stitches. The number tells you how many stitches are involved with this particular maneuver. The F or B indicates whether you should suspend the stitches to the front or the back of your work. So C3F means that you slip 3 stitches to the cable needle and hold it in front.

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