Grab a lighter colored solid yarn so that you can see all the interesting definition that's about to POP out in front of you and appropriately sized needles ... you'll also need a cable needle to help in this process. Now, before you close up shop right here and now because you may not have an 'official' cable needle let's think this through: do you have a double pointed needle that you've never used? THAT would work just fine! What about a Popsicle Stick or a Corndog stick from the kids craft box or lunch? Hang on to it! When's the last time you had Chinese for dinner .. where's the Chop Stick! Once again ... that will be Perfect for starters! (the 1st time i tried my hand at cables i was visiting at my mom's house and grabbed a straw .. and it worked just fine for me to learn!) so basically ... no excuses! Ready? and if you get really brave, there are great examples on line on how to knit withOUT a cable needle .... i'm not that brave yet!
With yarn and needle in hand, cast on 14 stitches and knit as follows:
Rows 1 and 3 (WS): K4, P6, K4
Row 2 - (RS): P4, K6, P4
Row 4 - P4, sl next 3 sts to CN and hold in back, K3, then K3 from CN, P4.
okay, okay , okay- - don't panic .... here's Row 4 in simple, easy, step by step language . . .
1st: Purl 4 .... Got it!
6th: Purl 4.
TaDAH!!!!! You've done one complete set! Basically it's time to follow the label ... Lather, Rinse, Repeat!
Cables can be as simple or complex as you choose to make them ..... and depending on whether you lay your cable needle to the Front or to the Back is what determines which way the cable will twist. Also, the purl stitches that precede and follow the cable band allow those knit stitches to POP right up off the fabric! Honestly, one of the hardest parts of cabling is keeping track of which row you're on because you really only have to "twist" on occasional rows .... it's important to keep track of your progress so you don't knit too far before inserting your next "cabled" row . . (listen to the voice of experience on this one! :) )
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