Wednesday begins our March Challenge KAL -
...Rosie is here to say Happy St Patrick's Day....
[she's crowding into the group because it's her Birthday, our Wild Irish Rose, born a year ago on St Patrick's Day!]
...ahem........back to knitting...
When I think of St Patrick's of course, I think Irish...and that to me means, Lace & Cables! So we are going to do a bit of that today ~
what do you need? here's some info:
This cloth is called,
You will need:
-Partial skein cotton yarn, any solid color
-Knitting Needles, size 7 or your preferred size
- Stitch markers will be helpful in this pattern
Now, there are *official* Cable Needles of various shapes and sizes – basically they are a piece of metal that may be shaped like a candy-cane, or straight but with a ‘hump’ in the middle, etc.
You do NOT have to go buy a Cable Needle – you can do a Cable in any pattern with what you have on hand – for ex., in the photo, a double-pt. needle works well, or a crochet hook – even a pencil will do the job. If you have a stitch holder, that works too.
You just want something to momentarily hold several stitches while you knit the others in the row.
This is very basic, it’s not a full-size dishcloth – just a ‘sampler’ so to speak - I didn’t want to overwhelm anyone ‘new’ to working cables in their knitting –
so this is not very challenging for those of you who have already worked with cables.
**But for those knitters, I will have something tomorrow for you!**
Try Me Cable ~
- Cast on 24 stitches
- Knit 2 rows for bottom border
- Begin the Cable 10-row sequence --
note: I have split the row up, so you understand the area of the pattern that you are knitting – just to show you where the Cable comes into play –and you will only use your cable needle on Row 5!
1- K 4[side border], K 4, Place marker, Knit 8 [Cable section], Place marker, K 4, K 4 [side border]
2 – K 4[side border], P 4, Purl 8 [Cable section], P 4, K 4 [side border]
3 – K 4[side border], K 4, Knit 8 [Cable section], K 4, K 4 [side border]
4 - K 4[side border], P 4, Purl 8 [Cable section], P 4, K 4 [side border]
5 – K 4 [border], K 4, C 8 B, K 4, K 4 [side border]
This is your cable row - get your cable now--
Explanation how to do the C 8 B = Cable 8 Back:
Place next 4 stitches from your knitting needle onto a Cable Needle, hold that needle behind your right needle; [yes, it feels awkward..but hang in there - if you have trouble, use a longer Cable needle to hold the stitches, so they don't fall off while you are knitting the next stitches...]
Knit the next 4 stitches in the row on your knitting needle;
knit the 4 stitches from the Cable Needle
Finish, by knitting the rest of the stitches on this row
Proceed to next row:
6 - K 4[side border], P 4, Purl 8 [Cable section], P 4, K 4 [side border]
7 - K 4[side border], K 4, Knit 8 [Cable section], K 4, K 4 [side border]
8 - K 4[side border], P 4, Purl 8 [Cable section], P 4, K 4[side border]
9 - K 4[side border], K 4, Knit 8 [Cable section], K 4, K 4 [side border]
10 - K 4[side border], P 4, Purl 8 [Cable section], P 4, K 4 [side border][It won’t look like much right now – we need more rows to get to see the cable – it builds upon itself as you knit the following rows.]
** You will now repeat these 10 rows
Knit Rows 1 - 10 again a second time
Knit Rows 1-10 again a third time
Knit 2 rows for top border
You will see the cable coming to life!
~ Tomorrow we can talk more about cables, styles, etc. –
meanwhile, please email if you have questions.
I will also offer you some ideas for dishcloths with cables!
Know that I’m proud of all of you who are trying this technique!
how many of you are snowed-in? Me, for one! in NYstate, and we have lots of snow - a week ago we lost electric for two days - so I was knitting by candlelight!
|Happy St Patrick's Day!|