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How to Knit The Right Twist Stitch

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The right twist stitch is a mock cable technique that allows you to simulate a cable without the use of a cable needle.

Also known as: mock cable.

Abbreviation: RT

Skill: Intermediate


Step 1: Insert your needle into the second stitch on your main needle knitwise and continue through the first stitch. Your needles should form an “X”.

Step 2: Wrap your yarn around the bottom needle.

Step 3: Pull the yarn through both stitches. Be Sure to create some extra slack when pulling through.

Step 4: Separate the first two stitch on your main needle and insert your other needle into the first stitch knitwise.

Step 5: Wrap the yarn around the bottom needle again.

Step 6: Pull the yarn through the stitch.

Step 7: Slip both stitches off the main needle together.

Repeat steps 1 – 7 until you have reached your desired length.


After a few repeats your pattern should look like this:

The Right Twist Stitch

Example of the Right Twist Stitch



  1. Manuela

    March 29, 2011

    What a wonderful post! this is my first time i visit here.article!,I like very much!!Thanks for the sharing.CK scarves


    June 24, 2013

    This helped SO much. I’m a visual learner and sometimes don’t get the written instructions!