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