The Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo is not only a friendly organization where one meets people who are passionate about knitting but the Guild is also very serious in its purpose and programming. The two ladies deemed program chairs leave no stone unturned in providing ideas for programs and seeing those ideas to fruition. It was in this way I became aware of Buffalo native and knitwear designer Heather Lodinsky and her two-tone cable method as this was the program topic at one of our monthly meetings.
I am someone who likes to get the most out of anything I join so when I realized this technique was the highlight of a monthly meeting and not knowing how this technique was done, I jumped on the bandwagon a few weeks before to see what the pattern and the technique were all about. I knew a bit about Heather, knew she was a teacher at a then local yarn shop but not having the time to fraternize with anyone local about knitting during my employment years, she was someone I was familiar with only by name.
And, so I began. Heather’s pattern is thorough with written instruction as well as a schematic of the cable technique. This is when I learned slip stitches in design work. I have, in the past, slipped stitches for selvage, maybe even borders, but in all my years of knitting, had not come across slip stitches used for designing the garment.
As a knitter of many years, I have learned the quicker you recognize the rhythm and learn the technique of your stitch, the faster your knitting becomes and more importantly, you gain the ability of learning how to ‘fix-it’ along the way. It is habit for me to ‘study’ for comprehension the stitch and its rhythm, NOT just follow what the pattern says or its rote contents. By the way, the more you understand what you are doing, the less you need to write down. The rhythm, in this case, is a 4-row repeat.
Row 1 ~ with white (color A) / work all stitches following the cable pattern
Row 2 ~ with white / (work all stitches) p the “white purl” stitches, k the “blue purl” stitches
Row 3 ~ with blue (Color B) k all the purl stitches / slip wyb all the knit stitches
Row 4 ~ k all the “blue stitches”/slip wyf the white stitches
I’ll make it even simpler. 2 rows, A and work all stitches.
2 rows B and you slip some stitches as indicated, above.
Do not cut yarn. There is a rhythm and it is fun!
Studying a pattern for comprehension allows you to see mistakes. Now, I believe there is a mistake in this pattern, in both cable sections. I contacted Heather about it but she said the editing team had worked it out. Now, I am not sure what that means so below are my observations.
Diamond Cable Pattern:
Substitute 2/1RC for 1/2 RC on rows: 5,9,21, and 25
Center Cable Pattern:
Substitute 2/1 RC for 1/2 RC on rows: 5,9,25, and 29
Then, I would include 1/2 RC in the section of the pattern called Special Stitches.
Throughout the knitting of this garment, I followed my observations, above. And, if you are wondering if there is a difference between the directions of the pattern versus the directions, above the answer is yes, there is a difference however, minor.
You will see many changes I made to my sweater as opposed to what you see in the pattern. The next post will be on what I did and why.