I swear, I am going to learn to do cable knitting. Soon. It really doesn’t look all that difficult.
“This season, style sections of newspapers and magazines are once again telling us that cables are a hot trend in fashion, showing up in all sorts of knitwear for women, men and children. In knitting, there are those trends that appear again and again, such as lace, fair-isle knitting and cables. It is safe to say that if you have never tried to knit a cable before…now is a great time to learn!
“Cables in knitting look much more difficult than they really are.” (the article continues…)
“In this cable, LC is an abbreviation for a “Left Cross”. In other words, the resulting cable will be slanting to the “left” each time it is worked. In order to achieve a “Left Cross”, the 3 stitches need to be held to the front of your work, as you knit the next three stitches on your left needle to your right needle. (See how the “bend” in the cable needle helps hold those stitches?”
“If you were to hold those stitches to the back of your knitting, the cable would slant or twist to the right. For this pattern, all the stitches are held to the front and will the cable will slant to the left. To complete the cable, simply slide the 3 stitches on the cable needle to the right tip of the cable needle, and knit them with your right needle:
“A cable is born! At first a cable looks very tight, but as you work the rows in between each cable row, you will see the lovely twist of the cables form. In this scarf pattern, the cables are worked only every 8th row, with just knitting and purling in those 7 rows in between.
“Don’t be surprised if you find knitting cables addictive! Having an assortment of cable needles will allow you to tackle any cable project on your knitting list.”
The article also suggests a first cable project. I have saved it to my library! I think first I will just practice some swatches.