I think the tutorials may have a brief hiatus; I just received a box of yarn in the mail and have a mission to complete with it; combined with Christmas knitting and the wee bit of knitting for profit I’m doing, I don’t think I have time to do swatches for tutes. They’ll be back in January, when it will be swatch city around here as I get the Master Knitter program underway.
Today I want to share a couple of tips in honor of Isotope being published.
When doing a cable or lace pattern, I try to keep track of what row I’m working on using a sheet of paper or a row counter, but sometimes it’s just easier to keep a tally in your head so you don’t have to stop knitting to make a mark or click the counter. This works fine until you put down your knitting – sometimes when you return to the project you forget what row you’re about to knit.
Isotope has an eight-row cable repeat with cables on every fourth and eighth row. If I must stop knitting before I’ve completed an entire repeat, I knit the same number of stitches past the beginning of the round as rows I have completed. In the photo below, I have six knit stitches past the marker – that means I have already knit the first six rows of the pattern repeat and am ready for the seventh.
And then there are those dang cable needles. They are quite easy to lose track of – even though there are only three plain knit rows between the cables, I still sometimes manage to lose my cable needle. I’ve tried putting the needle into the ball of yarn, but it can restrict the flow of yarn from a center pull ball. Instead, I put the needle in the lower half of the item I’m knitting – see . . .
Of course, you don’t have to use a cable needle. I’m not talking about using tapestry needles, double points, ink pens, bobby pins, and whatever else you can find to take the place of the cable needle. Grumperina has a handy guide to cabling without a cable needle – I suggest using Isotope as practice. I used this method on part of the hat, and once you get the hang of it it’s a really nice technique.