Cables in the round?

My mom has asked that I make her something for mothers day. The pattern I have is in the round. Problem is I want to spice it up a bit and use some cables. So do I
1 - keep going in the round and alter the cable patter such that on the WS rows, I switch a purl to a knit and a knit to a purl
or
2 - when going in the round, can I actually turn the work and go backwards. Basically clockwise all the way around (RS) then go backwards/counter clockwise and be on the WS so I can do the true cable pattern?

also, do the cables make the work smaller? I know, everyone is just going to say make a swatch using the cable pattern. But this item has no size/gauge.

Comments

albert's picture

Cables are easiest to do in the round. Change the stitches as you suggested from the flat pattern. I have read a general guideline (I think it was online in Cables for Dummies) that you should add one to two stitches for every four stitches in your cable.

MMario's picture

Listen to Albert.

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