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Tutorial: How To Knit C6B and C6F

In this tutorial I explain the abbreviations of the cables C6B and C6F, also known under the abbreviations 3/3 RC and 3/3 LC, or sometimes the Frankenstein combination of C3/3 R and C3/3 L. I also show you how to knit the cables with and without a cable needle. My personal preference is to knit without a cable needle, mostly because I kept losing my cable needle in the early days, so I learned how to do it without a cable needle. Necessity is the mother of invention and all that.


C6F and C6B:

  • C stands for Cable

  • 6 is the amount of stitches this cable has.

  • F stands for Front, so you slip the first 3 stitches onto a cable needle without knitting them, and hold the cable needle in the front. Knit the next 3 stitches on your left needle. Knit the 3 stitches from your cable needle. Done.

  • B stands for Back, so you slip the first 3 stitches onto a cable needle without knitting them, and hold the cable needle in the back. Knit the next 3 stitches on your left needle. Knit the 3 stitches from your cable needle. Done.

3/3 RC and 3/3 LC

  • 3/3: the cable contains 6 stitches that you split up into two batches of 3 stitches.

  • RC: right crossing, the cable slants towards the right.

  • LC: left crossing, the cable slants towards the left.



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