How to Fix Mistakes in Cables

Mistakes in Cables – how they come about

I’ve been doing a fair amount of cable knitting recently, and in my mind, Cables and Christmas are firmly entwined. However, I dislike using cable needles, do lose concentration if I’m talking to someone/watching Strictly and of course mistakes happen. My second ever knitting project was a cabled throw, which was never completed as I found some mistakes I made quite early on and I just didn’t have the knowledge at that stage to fix it. Mistakes in cables feel so much more difficult to fix. So I thought, I’d show you how to fix two easily made mistakes whilst you’re knitting cables.

Help – Which Row am I on?

If you’ve lost track of where you are in a cable repeat, it is not the end of the world. It is easy to count the number of rounds or rows since your last crossing. Pull a cable apart gently to see where the out-of-order stitches of the last crossing are knitted and joined to their new neighbours. Start counting with the second stitch above that slightly stretched stitch, and include the row on the left needle.Compare with your chart or instructions and cable on.


There’s a mistake in my cables 10 rows back

If you find a mistake in a cable crossing several rows (or even repeats) down and don’t want to live with it, don’t rip out all your work to that point! Instead, insert a small double-pointed needle or stitch holder into the stitches in the row just below the incorrect cable. Work up to the point of the offending crossing and then drop only the involved stitches from your needle. (If the error involves strands that have since separated, this point may be several stitches away from the original crossing point. The stitches in each strand stay with it throughout the knitting, meaning that you must drop from wherever the original strand’s stitches have ended up.) Ladder the dropped stitches down until you reach the held stitches.


Rework the pattern correctly, using the ladders as the working yarn. Use a blunt-tipped needle to even the tension in any wonky stitches afterwards. It is perfectly possible to do this. Just close yourself in a well-lit room and fix that cable!

Thank you to Interweave Knits for the photos.

About monsteryarns

I am a yarn enthusiast and knitter.
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