Video Tutorial: Increases and Decreases in Closed-loop Cable Knitting

Here’s a little video I put together showing some of the increases and decreases I like to use in closed-loop cable knitting (this is a style of cable knitting that allows you to create near-horizontal bands of cables, and closed loops – hence the name!; it’s very useful for knitting cables based on Celtic knotwork, like the cables in my hat pattern Tallorcen).

Please note: There is no audio on this video – it’s designed to be a supplement to the written instructions which are provided in the pattern. This is quite an old video, which I hope to update soon with audio commentary.

1-into-3 increases (stacked): at beginning of video

5-into-1 decrease: begins at 3m 43s

1-into-5 increase: begins at 5m 25s

11 thoughts on “Video Tutorial: Increases and Decreases in Closed-loop Cable Knitting

    • Lucy,
      I love this pattern. I am so excited to try it. The tutorial is very helpful, but I would like to have audio with it as well as the written word. I kept looking down to read and feel as though I missed some of the technique. I am sure I will watch it several more times and that should help.

  1. Great video, with great, well written, clear instructions. Thank you.
    I came looking after seeing your terrific Nennir cowl on Knitty. The line here that this technique “allows you to create near-horizontal bands of cables” has me puzzled. Do you have a photo of the sort of cable you mean? The O that is demoed isn’t horizontal so I am sure I am just not getting what you intend about horizontal bands. Thanks.

    • Hey, glad you have found the video helpful!

      “Near-horizontal bands” is perhaps not the best way to describe it. What I meant is that you can create the effect of a band of stockinette (for example, 2 ksts against a purl background) emerging from the purl background and running almost horiztonally. So, like a V shape but with the arms of the V stretched out. The initial increases make the point of the V, and then you can subsequently control the angle of the arms of the V depending on how many cables you perform on the resulting 2 bands of 2 ksts (so in this example I don’t perform any subsequent cables after making the increase, and so the arms of the V just go straight up). I hope that clarifies things – apologies for the slightly ambiguous wording!

  2. Am I the only one who couldn’t get any volume working? It was difficult to watch, read and knit at the same time. Very frustrating!!! Love the pattern so I’m going to give it a go despite the frustration!

    • Hi there – there isn’t any audio on this video. It’s meant to be used as an additional explanation for the instructions in the pattern. I will probably eventually do another version with audio (once I find the time!). Sorry you found it frustrating.

  3. Thank you for a clean and straightforward demonstration, I really like the fact that you don’t put irritating background music on and find written instructions much easier to follow than verbal. One question, can the decrease be done on the right side as well? It’d keep the row count right on the pattern I’ve made. Thanks again!

  4. Hi Lucy, I found this tutorial from your Nennir pattern and the video is really helpful for me to understand your written instructions about increasing and decreasing. However, today I came back here and I can’t open the video. It says that the requested URL/video was not found on this server. Am I the only one having this issue? Please help, I really need the video….

  5. I was in Scotland last week and went to Kathy’s Knits to purposefully purchase hand died yarn and fell in love with these Celtic shows. I bought both the book and yarn to do to different ones; carradal and kyna. I’m so excited. not sure which one to do first. I love your patterns and yarn.

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