Hey everybody! Here’s what clue #7 looks like all cabled up:
Can you believe how far we’ve come? We’re on our last pattern block!
The last knit-along post had us dive head-first into the cable pool. Now let’s head to the deep end!
I personally find cable needles tedious. Three needles and only two hands? And what about when that cable needle disappears in the couch cushions? Here’s a step by step of the technique I like to use for cabling.
KNITTING CABLES WITHOUT A CABLE NEEDLE
Let’s look at C6B like we worked in the clue #7.
C6B = Slip next 3 stitches onto cable needle
and leave at back of work. K3, then K3 from
First we have to “slip 3 onto cable needle”. No way, man! Instead of slipping 3 sts onto that cable needle, we’re going to go rogue and slip them onto… drumroll please… thin air!
I like to gently pinch the stitches between the right-hand needle and my finger so they don’t get out of line.
Now instead of going ahead and knitting the next three stitches, we’re going to re-arrange them. Slip the next three stitches from the left needle to the right needle making sure the three “rogue” stitches are still hanging out in back (if this was a C6F, we would hold those stitches in front) .
Next we’re going to rescue our poor needle-less stitches by slipping them back onto the left needle.
Now return those front three stitches from the right needle back to the left.
Our stitches are now in the ‘twisted’ position that makes a cable. Last but not least? Knit all 6 sts!
Give it a go! Cabling without a cable needle might not be for you, but it might just change your life! Whether you like the technique or not, it’s handy to learn. What if you lose a cable needle and desperately need to continue knitting?
Our next knit-along clue ads one more element to the techniques we have covered: Bobbles! Bobbles are another one of those polarizing knitterly elements. Some think they are hideous blights on the knitting landscape, while others think they are wonderful little bits of texture. Personally, I love ‘em, as long as they’re used wisely! Much like cables, bobbles can be modified to create different sizes, shapes and textures. The basic technique is simple: increase and decrease in the same stitch. Let’s take a closer look at the specific bobble used in our next Mystery Afghan clue:
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MB (make bobble) = [(K1. P1) twice. K1] all in next stitch. 5
stitches made. Turn. P2tog. P1. P2tog. Turn.
Sl1. K2tog. psso. 1 stitch remains. Bobble
Our first step is to make 5 sts out of one. We do this by alternately knitting and purling into the same stitch: [(K1. P1) twice. K1] all in next stitch. Here I’m knitting one…
… but instead of slipping the stitch off the needle, I’m going to bring the working yarn to the front and purl into the same stitch:
That was so nice, let’s do it twice! Bring the working yarn back to the rear of your work and knit again, then bring your yarn forward to purl again, all into that same stitch:
And now we need to K1, once more:
We’ve created 5 stitches out of one, which gives width to our bobble, and now we need to create length. Length is created with the next step in the instructions which has us turn and knit in the other direction: Turn. P2tog. P1. P2tog.
Now we’ve created an extra “mini” row, as well as decreased those 5 stitches and to 3. Next we’ll turn and knit the other direction again, decreasing back to our original 1 st: Turn.Sl1. K2tog. psso.
Your bobble is complete! We’ve take one stitch, increased it to five stitches and then decreased it back to one, all over three “short” rows. These few extra stitches and rows create the little puff of knitted fabric that makes our bobble.
Good luck with the cables and bobbles and tune in one week from today (Wednesday February 3rd) to talk about seaming our afghan together.