Saturday, February 4, 2012

Sandstorm Cable

usually don't do cable stitches, because they tend to be more involved than other stitch patterns.  However, this particular stitch pattern was requested by someone who saw it in my blanket in the "Oops" video.  So, here it is!

Work on a multiple of 12 stitches + 6  (You will need to have extra stitches on each edge to neaten theup keep the fabric in shape.  (Cables tend to pull fabric inward - you can see this in the sample in the video.)

  1. To Cable Front:  Slip next 3 stitches to cable needle, and hold in front of the work.  Knit 3 from left needle, then knit the 3 from cable needle.
  2. To Cable Back, slip next 3 stitches to cable needle, and hold in back of the work.  Knit 3 from left needle, then knit the 3 from cable needle.

Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2 and every alternate Row: Purl all stitches
Row 3: *Cable 6 front, K6*.  Repeat from * to last 6 stitches, Cable 6 front
Row 5: Knit all stitches
Row 7: *K6, Cable 6 back*.  Repeat from * to last 6 stitches, K6
*Don't forget Row 8 - a purl row

Repeat these 8 Rows for pattern.  

Here is a video - I only show Row 3 and Row 7 where the cables are worked, to save time.  Happy Knitting!


Bev LeDoux said...
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Sapphires-N-Purls said...

You need to knit a swatch using the yarn and needles you plan to use for the throw, then cast on based on what your gauge is. This particular stitch is worked on 12 + 6, so you would need to take that number into consideration when calculating how many stitches to cast on; also cables tend to pull fabric inward, so you should consider that also. The blanket I refer to in the video, I never finished and actually ripped out, so I don't know what the finished size would have been. I didn't do a gauge swatch for that, I just cast on a few hundred stitches and hoped for the best. It go boring, so I decided to save the yarn for something else :0)

Bev LeDoux said...

I did try a swatch, just to get used to the pattern. I used 22 stitches. That yielded about 6 inches. Now, I have to do the math for the larger throw. Thank you for your time.

Bev LeDoux said...

Do you have a tutorial for mittens. I am looking at a pattern for "Spruce Tree Mittens" designed by Emily Benson.I would love for someone to walk me through this. It looks a bit overwhelming for me, and I have four pairs to make before Christmas. Can you help?

Sapphires-N-Purls said...

I'm sorry, I really have no use for mittens so haven't knit any. I started a free pattern called Springy Ring Mittens years ago but never finished them :0( The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns has info for mittens in all sizes; if you don't want to buy the book, maybe borrow from your local library. It has lots of good info. has a premium video on knitting mittens in all sizes, her videos are really helpful. Or there is a step by step training mitt on Knitty you may find helpful.