Back burner no more. Today’s the day I no longer sit and stare at design possibilities…
Let’s talk about one of my passions–CABLES. Just a word of caution: Be very careful to accurately read your cable symbols and their instruction. Many look-alike cable symbols, sometimes set side-by-side. Some symbols are identical except for a little shading on two ends. Wording for cables must be viewed at very carefully, too.
Lets say you have a 3-stitch cable that says slip 1 stitch to the back, knit next 2 stitch, then knit the stitch on cable needle; BUT, the stitch on the cable needle is a purl stitch. It seemingly doesn’t make sense, right? What the designer is asking here is to convert a purl stitch into a knit stitch as it changes places after a cable transition, commonly used cable technique named traveling cables. Yes, it can throw you off. You will not always be knitting the knits and purling the purls with these cables.
As much as I love and have knitted a lot of cables sweaters, it still gives me challenge at times when distracted. Frogging a design beauty or getting lost is NOT fun. If you make an error of one row, it only compounds itself on the successive Right-side rows. Color-coding your key symbols may help save your sanity.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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