One of the most asked questions from the Owl Hat and Owl Glove patterns has been concerning the cable stitches.
I put together a short video showing I make make the cable 4 back (C4B) and cable 4 front (C4F). You’ll notice pretty quickly that I use the Continental knitting style. I’m a self-taught knitter and that’s what felt most comfortable to me!
I’m also using a pair of short circular knitting needles in the video rather than double pointed needles. These circular needles are 8 inch long and work perfectly for the bottom of the hats. I switch to double pointed needles during the decreases, and solely use dpns for the Owl Gloves. I also really like these curved cable needles.
I’ve got a few more owl knitting patterns up my sleeve and I’m testing out some crochet owls as well!
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Ann Berezowsky says
Do have a pattern for the gloves with 2.needles???
Virginia Malcolm says
If you need 2 sides of each owl, how come your pattern has 7 repeats? The right and left side cables should be different in the pattern.
The cables are written separately in the pattern, first the C4B followed by the C4F. Then there are P3 before you do another set (C4B and C4F) of cables. The entire sequence (P3, C4B, C4F) is repeated 7 times around the hat when you are working on the cables.
Stacy Davis says
When you cable four, do you put 2 stitches on the cable needle and knit 2 stitches and then put the 2 stitches on the cable needle back on to the left hand regular needle and knit them? (I am new to the cable stitch and I was putting stitches onto the cable needle and was confused)
Ann Berezowsky says
Did anybody fathom out a pattern for the owl gloves with two needles…lol
Or do I really have to master 4
Stacy, Yes to putting the 2 stitches on the cable needle. Knit the 2 from the left hand needle and then just knit the next 2 stitches directly off the cable needle. No need to put them back on the left hand needle.
Ann, Master the 4 needles. You’ll be glad you did! It’s eeeeaaaassssyyy!
Clorinda Pereira says
I love all if your owl stuff. Cant wait to purchase the gloves and scarf. Thank you.
j + r says
Hello just starting out knitting and working on some scarves. I want to aspire to this hat but I am confused…should I buy circular needs, double point needs, cable stitch hooks…. what supplies do I need? Thank you
Hi! You will need a set of double pointed needles and a cable needle to make the knit owl hat or gloves. I do have a pair of very short circular needles that I use for hat making, but I still have to transition to the double pointed needles to finish the hat. (So the circular needle could be a tool you purchase in addition.) Let me know if you have other questions!
Very nice video! I just now (Nov. 22, 2016) discovered your blog and am so pleased to see a video showing how to knit cables the same way that I have knit them for many years. I am also ‘Continental’ knitter (which I discovered in 1964!) and one day I tried doing cables this way, by merely putting the stitches back onto the left needle. They can be done this way with the English method, too, but it’s great that so many knitters have finally realized the efficiency of Continental knitting, Actually, it’s advantageous to know both the English and Continental methods, especially for two-color knitting.
Of course, I love the owls with their googly eyes!
Val Mills says
Is it possible to have the pattern emailed? I cannot get to the PDF file to download. Ty and I loveee the pattern. Ty
Could you let me know which pattern you are trying to download? Have you already purchased the pattern?