I have a project where I need to have a 2-stitch cable cross over the other as shown in the picture. But I want it to be symmetrical (as in I don't just want one crossing over the other) and I don't know how, or even if it's possible. How would I do so?

Picture (https://drive.google.com/file/d/14IbU5rQG7-JTAtThjhCBFHzfIJuM2aMM/view?usp=sharing)

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There are 2 possibilities that come to my mind.

Don't cross:

For a cable you purl the background and knit the cables while shifting the cable stitches to the left or right in each row. If you don't shift the positions of the stitches in the next 2 rounds, the cables will still stand out, but they won't be crossed. It will look like they touch, but never interwine.

This is the only method I know of to make it absolutely symmetrical. However, even if you knit the cables perfectly side by side with 4 perfectly even stitches, our human minds will always see the pattern as 2 distinct cables that touch and move apart again, instead of cables that cross.


Instead of crossing both cables with 2 stitches each, you can also cross all 4 stitches individually. That will make the asymmetry stand out slightly less. But crossing is always asymmetrical.

Knit the rows as follows:

  1. Knit the first stitch of the cable, cross 2 stitches, knit the last stitch of the other cable
  2. Cross the first 2 stitches, keeping the outer stitch behind the work, then cross the last 2 stitches, keeping the inner stitch in front of the work.
  3. Knit the first stitch of the cable, cross 2 stitches, making sure they cross the same direction as in row 1, knit the last stitch of the other cable
  • So for the intertwine option, it should look like this chart? stitchfiddle.com/en/c/sje87i-8kqcqc May 17, 2023 at 23:39
  • @RyanChristiansen It says "This chart is private. You don't have access to this chart"
    – Elmy
    May 19, 2023 at 8:19
  • Sorry about that, this is the first time that I've tried to share it, but it should work now. May 19, 2023 at 15:19
  • @RyanChristiansen Between lines 19 & 21 there's one line missing that is a mirror of line 23. Apart from that, I have difficulties understanding your diagram because it uses symbols in a different way than I know them (which is not unusual and happens often in different knitting magazines). I suggest you lay a life line in your knitting and simply try it. If it doesn't work out, it's easy to unravel the few rows to the life line.
    – Elmy
    May 19, 2023 at 18:59
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    I may have just figured something out, it works great and doesn't need a special background and works like a regular cross, I'll post an answer about it and I'll see what you think Jun 13, 2023 at 0:49

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