Cables Galore – May 2018 Mish Mash CKAL

Gauge Swatch:

4st & 6 rows equal 1in in worsted weight yarn with a US 8 (5.00mm)

Materials:

– Worsted weight yarn
– US 8 5.00mm or needle to produce gauge.
– 8 stitch markers (3 sets of the same color & 2 separate colors not of the sets)
– Cable Needle

Notes:

– This is going to be the cable month. I promise that the cables are basic even if they look complicated. All cables look complicated. Once you learn these simple cable, honestly just how you hold the stitches, you will be able to work any cable stitch you find.

– This is a simple right & left leaning cables. The only difference is how many stitches you use. Once you understand that left leaning means holding the stitches in front & right leaning means holding stitches in back you can do any cable out there. If it will help, I still have to look up the difference every time I make a cable & I enjoy them.

– Once you have gotten used to doing cables then you can do them without a cable needle & that actually speeds up the process. I know how to do it without cable needle but I still prefer to use my cable needle.

– Cable needles can be anything that will hold stitches. A double point needle, even a pencil if nothing else. Personally, I use the inside of Clover 3006 Double-Ended Stitch Holder, Medium {http://www.amazon.com/Clover-3006-Double-Ended-Stitch-Holder/dp/B003SNJ48U/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1523746398&sr=8-7&keywords=stitch+holders+for+knitting}

– 8 stitch markers (3 sets of the same color & 2 separate colors not of the sets) *see photo below for my colors* Each set contains a cable & the two singles are marking your side edges.

Legend:

K – knit
P – purl
PM – place marker
SM – slip marker
YO – yarn over {http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/yarn-over-english}
C1, C2, C3, – color sets of markers
2/2LC: {http://youtu.be/C67Fs33yhdM} the video shows you two different ways to do it. I would suggest only using the cable needle method at first till you are sure of the cables.
3/3RC: {http://youtu.be/B9WtaUGCAwE} the video is for a 2/2RC but it is the exact same just slip 3 stitches instead of 2 stitches. I tried to find a 3/3RC but this was the easiest one to follow.

Instructions:

Cast on 36 stitches I used long tail {http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/long-tail-cast-on}, but feel free to use your choice of cast on.

Row 1 (RS): Slip first stitch with yarn in front as if to purl. Knit 3, place stitch marker, Knit 28, place stitch marker, knit 3, with yarn in front slip the last stitch purl-wise.

Row 2 (WS): Knit first stitch through the back loop, knit the rest of the way across
including the last stitch.

Row 3 & 4: Repeat rows 1 & 2 slipping the markers as you come to them.

From now on the first & last stitch will be treated as thus & no longer mentioned in the pattern:
     RS: slip first stitch purl-wise with yarn in front, complete pattern till last stitch. With yarn in front slip the last stitch purl-wise.
     WS: knit first stitch through the back loop, complete pattern till last stitch. Knit the last stitch as you normally would knit a stitch.
This will create a smooth edge that you will use to join the squares later.

Row 5 (RS): Knit across

Row 6 (WS): K4, sm, k3, place c1 marker, k4, place c1 marker, k3, place c2 marker, k6, place c2 marker, k3, place c3 marker, k4, place c3 marker, k3, sm, k4.

Row 7 (RS): k4, sm, p3, sm, k4, sm, p3, sm, k6, sm, p3, sm, k4, sm, p3, sm, k4.

Row 8 (WS): k4, sm, k3, p4, sm, k3, sm, p6, sm, k3, sm, p4, sm, k3, sm, k4.

Row 9 (RS): k4, sm, p3, sm, k4, sm, p3, sm, k6, sm, p3, sm, k4, sm, p3, sm, k4.

Row 10 (WS): k4, sm, k3, p4, sm, k3, sm, p6, sm, k3, sm, p4, sm, k3, sm, k4.

**NOTE** At this point your work should look like the photo below.

Row 11 (RS): **now comes the cables, don’t worry, I will walk you through it** k4, sm, p3, sm, slip 2 stitch onto cable needle, hold to front, k2 from the left hand needle, slip the 2 stitches off the cable needle back onto the left needle (they may be a bit tight, but don’t worry, they will go on the needle), k2 (you have just completed a 2/2LC), sm, p3, sm, place the next 3 stitches onto the cable needle & hold to the back, k3 from the left needle, slip the 3 stitches off the cable needle back onto the left needle, k3 (you have just completed a 3/3RC), sm, p3, sm, slip 2 stitch onto cable needle, hold to front, k2 from the left hand needle, slip the 2 stitches off the cable needle back onto the left needle, k2 (you have just completed a 2/2LC), sm, p3, sm, k4.

**NOTE** At this point your work should look like the photo below. See the cables???

Row 12 (WS): k4. sm, k3, sm, p4, sm, k3, sm, p6, sm k3, sm, p4, sm, k3, sm, k4.

Row 13 (RS): K4, sm, p3, sm, k4, sm, p3, sm, k6, sm, p3, sm, k4, sm, p3, sm, k4.

Row 14 (WS): k4. sm, k3, sm, p4, sm, k3, sm, p6, sm k3, sm, p4, sm, k3, sm, k4.

Row 15 (RS): k4, sm, p3, sm, work 2/2 LC, sm, p3, sm, work 3/3 RC, sm, p3, sm, work 2/2 LC, sm, p3, sm, k4.

Repeat rows 12 – 15 until your piece measures 1 in shorter then 9inches preferring to end on a row 14.

Then repeat rows 1-6 once & then bind off using your choice of bind off. I normally use a basic knitting bind off {http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/binding-off} the first video for a square like this. Just do your best to keep your tension even.

**Side Note**

Cables make the knitted fabric pull in so it is not going to look like it will make a 9 inch square. Cables have to be blocked. This is how mine looks at about 6 inches long. See how it looks pulled in & crumply?

But when I pull it out & hold it the block changes to this: