Cables are one of those things that can strike fear in new knitters, as they look complicated. In fact once you have mastered the simple technique the possibilities that cables can bring to designs are endless. Simply moving the order in which stitches are knitted, and then crossing them behind or in front of each other and a whole new texture can be woven.
When learning to knit a new stitch I think that doing a test square is often a good way to learn. These little swatches can all be sewn together one day to make a blanket – or a Husbands Jersey, but more on that another day. I found working through a stitch dictionary as a kid learning all the stitches and practicing on squares very useful. This way you only have a concentrate on getting the cable right on a swatch rather than a big project.
In my designs now I have used cables 3 times so far
Owl and Pussy Cat Hat to make the Owl
Little Nut Brown Hare Hat inspired by the book Guess How Much I Love You
I love that you can make anything from an owl, a tree or a celtic knot and many things in between just with cables.
Love them or hate them they are a knitting skill worth learning