I’ve got cables on the brain. That’s because we're working on a larger version of our Knit Cable bags for fall.
I’m dying to get it done so we can figure out how to put it together. It wants to be able to be laptop bag, so we really have to think about support and structure. Here’s a sneak peek. (I’m not telling you what the green part is yet. I will later
if when it works.)
So I am back to thinking about speedy cabling, this time without a cable needle. Based on the last post it sounds like lots of us knit without cable needles.The method described below is different from the one used by Grumperina in her blog (thanks Susanne a.k.a Yarn Hog!). See what you think. This purple Pastaza yarn is great for this technique – not too slippery. I used Aurora 8 for the swatch below.
Cable 4 Back (C4B)
This 2x2 right leaning cable would normally call for you to slip two stitches onto the cable needle and hold in back. Here’s how to try it without the cable needle:
1. With the next 4 stitches to be cabled on the left needle; insert the right needle into the third stitch from the right and knit as usual. [photo on left)
2. Slide all three stitches off the needle at the same time; letting stitches 1 and 2 hang out in the back.
3. Knit the next stitch on the left needle (the 4th stitch). [photo below right]
4. Use the left needle to pick up the two hanging stitches and knit as usual.
ta da! It’s a bit scary to drop those stitches so they hang out but they won’t go anywhere and you will get the hang of it. Just relax and breath or grab a big glass of wine - what ever works for you! :)
Cable 4 Front (C4F)
This left leaning cable requires you to knit the stitches that will end up in the back first.
1. Knit the third stitch on the left needle through the back loop (this sets up the stitches to drop in front). [photo on left. The needle is behind stitches 1 and 2 it's a bit hard to see that]
2. Slide all three stitches off the needle so that stitch 1 and 2 are hanging in front.
3. Knit the 4th stitch normally
4. Pick up the hanging stitches with your left needle and knit them.
For the C4F, I knit through the back loop first (a bit easier) and then tried bringing the right needle to the back but inserted it through the stitch normally. I can see a tiny difference. The lower arrow points to the easier knit through the back loop method that is illustrated above. I may actually like the cable definition better in that one.
Here’s the pattern for this small swatch with garter edges.
• Cast on 22 stitches
1. RSR: k6, p3, k4, p3, 6k
2. Every WSR: k2, p4, k3, p4, k3, p4, k2
3. Repeat row1
4. Repeat row 2
5. k6, p3, C4B, p3, 6k
6. Repeat row 2
Try this for two sets then substitute C4F for C4B.
Knitting two stitches before picking up and knitting the others worked easily in this narrow cable. Next time I'll try another cable-free idea that Sarah was working with and a variation on this method with more stitches.