Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Knitting Cables Day 1

A couple weeks ago, I got sick. And I suppose that my comfort activity when sick is knitting (or crocheting), but in this case, I had just recently purchased my first cable hooks, so the obvious choice was knitting. Considering that I've wanted to learn to do cables basically all my life, and that the cable hooks were some few cents over a dollar at Michaels, this really might qualify as one of my easiest long-time dreams come true.... which is honestly pretty stellar, even when you're sick.

 You can probably see that for my first cables, I made the rookie mistake of putting knits instead of purls right next to the cable. So I wrote down the "pattern" so I could remember what I did in case I wanted to do it again. Here it is if anyone wants it:

Two-Strand Twist
cast on 21 stitches
1. (k1, p1, k1) *k6, (k1, p1, k1)* rep from *
2. (k1, p1, k1) *p6, (k1, p1, k1)* rep from *
3. rep 1.
4. rep 2.
5. (k1, p1, k1) *Cable 3 back (as in, put 3 on the cable hook, hold behind, k3, then k3 off the cable hook), (k1, p1,k1)*, rep *
6. rep row 2.
               7 and on, repeat from 1-6 for the pattern

Having no pattern, I just decided to try to do a few panels. The goal: braids. I started with a standard cable, and then I tried a standard 3 strand braid. Here's what I did (again, minus the knits on each side of the braid.)

Three-Strand Braid
cast on 19
1. (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1) k 9, rep ( )
2. (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1), p9, rep ( )
3. (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1), cable 3 front (using 6 stitches), k3, rep ( )
4. rep row 2
5. rep row 1.
6. rep row 2.
7. (k1, p1, k1, p1, k1) k 3, Cable 3 back (6 st total), rep ( )
8. rep row 2.
                 9 and on, rep row 1-8 for pattern.

1 comment:

  1. That is really pretty. Every time I try anything besides flat blocks knitting, I fail. I just make a mess of the yarn. Switching between knitting and purling to make patterns just ends up in a mess, and I don't know what I'm doing wrong.