Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Online cabling help (for Dummies, no less!)

I finished the first 8 rows of the DNA scarf, in seed stitch. I am really glad now that I knit that k1 p2 ribbed scarf out of S'n'B, since it made doing the seed stitch a lot easier -- at first I had trouble telling the knits from the purls, since the bumps move around more! For some reason I thought the borders were much larger, but now it is on to the dual challenge of reading a pattern and cabling. Or perhaps I should say triple challenge, since I've just realized that I've never knit in stockinette or any other non-reversible stitch, and I have a sneaking suspicion grading to horrible fear that my tension will be off and it will look crappy. Well, I suppose I shouldn't go borrowing trouble.


Blogger ethel said...

Great link, thomasina! I love Dummies books. I like this article's straightforward description.

Cabling sounds a lot worse than it is; basically, if you know the basic stitches (knit & purl), you can cable. You'll see. Really, I promise. :-)

The trick is in the 'tension' (I've forgotten so much!) because you're twisting those stitches and they get tight. Then you'll loosen your knitting (maybe too loose for a bit!) and soon you'll find your cabling equilibrium. It won't take you long before you're comfortable cabling!

Rose, i saw the Stitch & Bitch book--it's great! Really easy and straightforward explanations and diagrams, great ideas, lots of info. Hm, birthday present, dh?

5:44 PM  
Blogger thomasina said...

ethel, good call on the Dummies books and the tension for the cables. I used my "learning yarn" to knit up a cable with 4 twists, and I think it turned out pretty well. The cables look really good, and the stockinette is okay. For the last cable, I even got really fancy and tried a cable without a cable needle! From wendyknits: left cable.

12:44 AM  
Blogger Roma said...


Thanks for that cabling link, it looks great.


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