Cabling without a cable needle is not a necessary skill to learn; many knitters happily go
their entire knitting lives using a cable needle to cable with no regrets. However, if you find that trying to juggle
a third needle is fraught with frustration and angst, then perhaps this skill is for you. I find it to be slightly fiddly, but far less so than using a slippery cable needle - not to mention trying to keep
track of the little things! I can't tell you how many cable needles I've bought and then promptly lost.
What we're doing here is rearranging the stitches on the left needle into their final, post cabled, order. In this case we're working on a 2 x 2 right cross knit cable, so the total number of stitches for the
cable we're working is 4. The last 2 stitches on the left needle will cross over the first 2 stitches. Once the stitches are rearranged correctly on the left needle you work the stitches on the left
needle from right to left according to the type of cable it is in the pattern.