How to Knit the Two-Stitch Twist Cable

By Kristi Porter

The two-stitch twist cable is easy to work and can stand-in for 2×2 ribbing. With the two-stitch twist cable, you knit with a slightly unorthodox technique that allows you to work without a cable needle. This two-stitch twist technique creates a two-stitch left twist.


  1. Ignore the first stitch on the left-hand needle for a moment and put the right-hand needle into the back of the second stitch on the needle.

    Knit this stitch through the back loop, but don’t drop it off the left-hand needle.

  2. Bring the needle back around to the front and knit the first stitch normally through the front loop.

  3. Drop both stitches from the left-hand needle.

  4. Repeat Steps 1–3 each time you need to work a twist.

Here’s the stitch pattern and chart for this cable:


  • Right-side (RS) rows: *LT, p2, repeat from * to last 2 sts, LT.

  • Wrong-side (WS) rows: *P2, k2, repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2.

  • Repeat these 2 rows for the pattern.

Work the two-stitch twist pattern when knitting in the round:

  1. Use a multiple of 4 stitches.

  2. Follow this stitch pattern:

    Round 1: *LT, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

    Round 2: *K2, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

    Repeat these 2 rounds to form the pattern.