Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Knit a Cable

I love knitting cables…you only work the cable row every 8 or 10 rows, adding interest to your project, all other rows you knit the knits and purl the purls. Cables give a lovely texture to your garment, and I think the cables trap air and make a very warm garment. Here’s how you do it for a simple “cable back 6” (CB6) design, where you work your cable over 6 sts ever 8 rows. Most cable patterns have 2 or more sts between the cables, and here I am calling for 2 purl sts on the RS.

Row 1: P2, K6, P2 across
Row 2: K2, P6, K2 across
Row 3: P2, CB^ by putting the first 3 sts on yor cable needle (CN), K the next 3 sts, then    K the 3 sts from your CN, P2 and continue across your row.

Work your cable row every 8 rows; I find it helpful to actually keep track of my rows with pencil and paper.

Give it a try – it’s fun!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Doing a Gauge Swatch

Anyone who has ever taken a class with me will very well know my mantra – do your gauge! Doing your gauge is the best way to ensure your garment will fit perfectly and will have the drape and look the designer intended.

With the size needles called for in the pattern, cast on the number of stitches for a 4” swatch, plus 6 sts. Work three rows in garter stitch, then continue in the pattern working 3 sts at each edge in garter stitch, making a frame for your swatch. Work for 4”, then do 3 more rows in garter and bind off. Lay flat, and without stretching or pulling measure inside your frame. If you have 4 “, you’re ready to go. If it is less than 4” repeat with needles a size larger. If it is too big, repeat with needles a size smaller. Continue until you get the gauge…you will be a happy knitter. It doesn't take very long to knit up a swatch, and it will come in handy for test washing, and for repairs should anything happen to your garment. Just do it!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January Give-away!

Here in Maine January brings freezing temperatures and lots of snow, so I am offering my Pom Pom Dog Sweater kit as a give-away…a girl’s best friend needs a sweater in January! Leave a comment here or sign up for my MinnowNotes to enter…enjoy!