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Cable 6 Front (c6f) & Cable 6 Back (c6b) Tutorial



Today's tutorial is on the Cable 6 Front (c6f) & Cable 6 Back (c6b) Knitting Stitches. These stitches are used to make cables.

To work these stitches, you need a cable needle or something to hold your stitches. It doesn't have to be an actual cable needle. I've used double pointed needles or even a crochet hook.



Cable 6 Front (c6f):

Cable 6 front is worked over 6 stitches (that's where the number 6 comes from). The cables lean to the left in the c6f stitch.

Step 1: Slip 3 stitches (purl-wise) on to the cable needle

Step 2: Place cable needle in FRONT of your work (this is what the front in c6f means).

Step 3: Knit the 3 stitches from your regular needle

Step 4: Knit the 3 stitches from the cable needle (or you can slip them back on your regular needles and knit from there normally).

Photo Tutorial:

Step 1: Slip 3 stitches (purl-wise) on to the cable needle

Step 2: Place cable needle in FRONT of your work (this is what the front in c6f means).


Step 3: Knit the 3 stitches from your regular needle


Step 4: Knit the 3 stitches from the cable needle (or you can slip them back on your regular needles and knit from there normally).


Cable 6 Back (c6b):

Cable 6 back is also worked over 6 stitches (that's where the number 6 comes from). The cables lean to the right in the c6f stitch.

Step 1: Slip 3 stitches (purl-wise) on to the cable needle

Step 2: Place cable needle in BACK of your work (this is what the back in c6b means).

Step 3: Knit the 3 stitches from your regular needle

Step 4: Knit the 3 stitches from the cable needle (or you can slip them back on your regular needles and knit from there normally).

Photo Tutorial:

Step 1: Slip 3 stitches (purl-wise) on to the cable needle

Step 2: Place cable needle in BACK of your work (this is what the back in c6b means).


Step 3: Knit the 3 stitches from your regular needle


Step 4: Knit the 3 stitches from the cable needle (or you can slip them back on your regular needles and knit from there normally).



Here are examples of patterns I used one or both of these stitches in the design. Click on link above photo to purchase pattern (in Ravelry).

Parker Cabled Beanie


Erin Braided Beanie




Harper Twist Beanie









Cable 6 Front (c6f) & Cable 6 Back (c6b)

Video Tutorial


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