Adding cablework to your knitting is a great way to accent a piece or make an otherwise plain-jane stitch look elegant and complicated. For this demonstration, you will need yarn, needles and a cable needle. Cable needles come in several sizes and can be bought from JoAnn, AC Moore, Walmart, etc for less than $4. If you have a double pointed needle that also works great.
For my sample, I will be working on a reverse stockinette background (the "wrong" side of stockinette) because I think it accents the the cable well.
I casted on 24 stitches.
Row 1-2: K
Row 3: K2, P5, K10, P5, K2
Row 4: K2, K5, P10, K5, K2
Row 5: K2, P5, C10F, P5, K2
|Transfer 5 stitches onto cable needle, pull forward.|
|Knit 5 stitches from working needle while holding cable needle forward.|
NOTE: C10F= transfer 5 stitches purlwise onto the cable needle, move the cable needle forward, continue to knit 5 stitches from working needle, then knit the 5 stitches on the cable needle
Row 6: K2, K5, P10, K5, K2
Row 7: K2, P5, K10, P5, K2
Row 8: K2, K5, P10, K5, K2
Row 9: K2, P5, K10, P5, K2
Row 10: K2, K5, P10, K5, K2
Repeat rows 3-10 for your desired length, and end your piece with 2 extra rows of K to complete the border.
After a few repeats of the pattern, your piece will look like this....