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My First Cabled Cowl (or Scarf)


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If you've been wanting to learn to cable, this is the perfect pattern for you! First of all cables are nothing more than working your stitches in a different order on the rows that have the cable stitches. When you reach those funny symbols in this pattern, you simply slip two stitches as the pattern says on to a cable hook ( I prefer the kind that looks like a shepherd's hook or an upside down J) and drop it either in front for a 2/2 LC or behind your work for a 2/2 RC . Then knit the next two stitches from your left needle. Now knit the two stitches from the long side of your cable hook (without twisting the stitches). Simple as PIE! You just finished a cable stitch. There are many YouTube videos available should you need to see this done before you have that warm fuzzy feeling but truly it is very easy and will impress the socks off all your friends and family. Another tricky thing about cabling is keeping track of which row you are on in the chart or if you don't know how to read charts yet you can follow the written pattern. At any rate, this design was written to help you keep track with where you are. If you will look carefully at the chart, you will notice that all the 2/2 RC cables, the center cable and the two outer cables, are all cabled on the same row and the 2/2 LC cables are cabled two right sided rows later. So basically, every other right side row, you will cable either the three 2/2 RC cables or the two 2/2 LC cables. It should be obvious to you which one needs to be cabled by simply looking at your work. Whichever cable columns have the most straight knitting are the ones that will be cabled next. Now that makes sense, right? See you really are ready for cables! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knit Purl Cast On Bind Off GAUGE 24 st x 22 rows = 4" after blocking SUGGESTED YARN 250 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Any Worsted Yarn will work COLORWAY Any color you choose

Supplies Needed

  • US Size 8 (5.0 mm)
  • Needle and Thread for sewing on buttons
  • 5 buttons 5/8" size

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Strings of Serendipity
Strings of Serendipity
My 5th grade teacher taught my whole class to knit. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was about 7 or 8 and an old family friend taught me to embroider when I was very young. I was always doing some kind of needlework. As an adult I supplemented our family income by sewing professionally. Now I'm thoroughly enjoying the process of designing and writing knitting patterns. My sewing knowledge has been extremely beneficial when designing clothing patterns.