Twisted stitches are a quick and easy way to add twists and texture to a knitted fabric without the use of a cable needle.

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This vintage cardigan from our archives is knitted in mock cable (also known as twisted stitches). We’ve chosen a lightweight 4-ply, so it won’t feel heavy to wear.

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A twisted stitch is essentially the same as a cable, but always worked across a small number of stitches. Cable needles are only needed when working twists in your knitting that are worked over three or more stitches.

Master mock cable stitch with twisted stitches

The cardigan, above, uses two different types of twist. Follow our step-by-step guide for perfect twists in your knitting:

Tw2f: Twist two front

1. Knit into the second stitch on the left-hand needle by missing the first stitch you would normally work into, instead working into the next one along.

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2. Without taking the worked stitch off of the needle, insert your right-hand needle into the first stitch on the left-hand needle (this is the one you missed in step 1).

Twist-two-right-image-23. Wrap your yarn around your needle and bring it through this first stitch on the left-hand needle and take both stitches off the tip of your right-hand needle, that have just been worked.

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Following these steps will result in a twist that slants from left to right.

Tw2b: Twist two back

The Tw2b will result in a slant in the opposite direction, leaning from right to left. This stitch is worked in the same way as above, instead working into the back of the second stitch at step 1. Follow steps 2 and 3 in the same way to complete your twist where required.

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