Thursday, 29 May 2014

Rowan MKAL - 7 Clues 5 and 6 and making mini cables without a cable needle

Finished the 5th clue and have started the 6th clue.  I've been rather busy with one of the other passions in my life - my allotment. or more precisely our annual plant sale, which has been taking up the majority of my time lately.

I haven't yet blocked clue 5 but here they are.  This was a very simple and straightforward knit called Dots & Dashes.  This was the first bobble and there was a huge amount of discussion on how to create the bobble.  including people who preferred to crochet them.  I mainly stuck to the pattern but added a k1tbl of the last stitch to give the bobble a bit more definition.

The 6th clue was the first "cable" clue.  as the cable only involved twisting one stitch over the other either left or right to create a "doughnut", this has created some controversy but has not been quite as controversial as clue 5.  Some prefer to make "kisses" and some want to make noughts and crosses.  OK they are all technically cables but very little ones and these can be created by twisting stitches.  I do this is a more classical way than has been described by fellow knitters and I will attempt to describe this here.

Making the mini cables without a cable needle.

I learnt this so many years ago I can no longer remember where or when.  But everyone else seems to do very peculiar things and even reverse stitches by taking them off the needle.  I do not like this as there is a huge danger of dropping stitches

For a left sloping twist

Place point of rh needle from back of work between first and second stitch on lh needle.

Pick up front leg of second stitch on lh needle and knit it, (see next 3 photos)

then knit through front leg of first stitch.

Slip both stitches onto rh needle.

For a right sloping twist

Knit the front leg of second stitch on lh needle from the front of the work

then knit the first stitch on lh needle through front leg,

 slip both stitches off the lh needle onto rh needle.

 This is exactly the same as the cable stitch with no twists in the actual stitches themselves.
 Sounds difficult but it isn't really.

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