Technique: Knitting Cables – Cross 2 in Front – C2F

Read a Knitting Pattern for a C2F Cable

When you read a knitting pattern with cables, you will quite often see cables that are 4 stitches wide, with two stitches crossing to the left over the other two stitches.

Knitted Cable C2F

Knitted Cable C2F

The abbreviation may be either C2F (Cross 2 in Front) or C2L (Cross 2 to make a Left-slanting cable). Occasionally, you will see it is C4F (Cable 4-wide crossing 2 in front) or C2L (Cable 4-wide Left slant).

Yes, this can be confusing! The only thing that I can tell you is that usually the designer or pattern writer will define which abbreviation he/she is using and what it means. This was discussed a bit in the General Information about Knitting Cables post.

How to Knit a C2F Cable

Knitting the C2F Cable: step 1 (first 2 stitches onto cable needle)

The first step for the C2F cable is to slip the first two stitches PURL-WISE on the holding needle (usually the left-hand needle) onto a cable needle.

This photo shows the cable needle inserted into those stitches prior to slipping them off of the holding needle.

Knitted Cable C2F Step 1a

Knitted Cable C2F Step 1a

And this photo shows those two stitches removed from the holding needle.

Knitted Cable C2F Step 1b

Knitted Cable C2F Step 1b

Knitting the C2F Cable: step 2 (cable needle in front, knit next 2 stitches)

Let the cable needle hang in front of your needles, and knit the next 2 stitches.

This photo shows those 2 stitches knitted, and the cable needle hanging down.

Knitted Cable C2F Step 2

Knitted Cable C2F Step 2


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Knitting the C2F Cable: step 3 (get ready with cable needle stitches)

At this point, there are two options for getting those stitches on the cable needle into an appropriate position.

One option is to slide them on the cable needle to the opposite end from where they were slipped. In this case, you will knit these stitches from the cable needle. Make sure you don’t twist the cable needle.

Another option is to slip them back onto the holding needle, again purl-wise. That way, you’re knitting stitches from the normal holding needle.

This photo shows the second option, starting to slip the stitches back onto the holding needle. Make sure that you don’t twist the cable needle.

Knitted Cable C2F Step 3a

Knitted Cable C2F Step 3a

And this photo shows the stitches back onto the holding needle.

Knitted Cable C2F Step 3b

Knitted Cable C2F Step 3b

Knitting the C2F cable: step 4 (knit the crossed stitches)

The last step is simply to knit those stitches that used to be on the cable needle.

Again, make sure that while those stitches were on the cable needle, you didn’t twist the cable needle.

This photo shows the cable completed.

Knitted Cable C2F Step 4

Knitted Cable C2F Step 4

And that’s all there is to a C2F cable. It causes a slant to the left.

For practice with this stitch, try the Easy Cable Ribbing pattern stitch.


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2 Responses to Technique: Knitting Cables – Cross 2 in Front – C2F

  1. Pearl Jackson says:

    Thank you for this very important lesson. What is the result if you slip the cable knitwise

    • admin says:

      On the assumption that you are talking about slipping the stitches knitwise one at a time, the result is that you will “twist” those stitches. Normally (if you’re right-handed), the front leg of a stitch is slightly to the right. This makes it easier to insert the right-hand needle into the stitch, much easier than if the front leg of the stitch is to the left.

      If you slip a stitch knitwise then, on the cable needle, the front leg will be slightly to the left. And then it is harder to insert the new needle into the stitch. It is do-able, but then, after a new stitch is worked into the front-leg-to-the-left stitch, the front-leg-to-the-left stitch will show up in the row below the needle with a crossed V, not a normal V.

      Generally, when you are just transferring stitches from one needle to another, you slip them purlwise. It is only for certain effects that you would slip the knitwise (such as for working an SSK).

      Hope this helps.

      Judy

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