Pattern Question

Dudes of Most Knowledge:
I recently purchased the book Cables, Diamonds, & Herringbone: Secrets of Knitting Traditional Fishermen's Sweaters. Last night I was contemplating one of the patterns I noticed that the directions say to work the bottom rounds according to the chart and to do the first "cable twist" in the 8th round. What the hell is a cable twist? The chart shows cables starting in round 2 and the picture has cables from top to bottom. Ahhhh! Help! If anyone has the book the chart is on page 48.




Craig's picture

A cable twist: depending on the amount of stitches in the cable, lets say six, you hold three stitches to the front or the back ( depending on cable twist direction) on a cable needle, then knit the next three stithes, then knit the stitches on the cable needle.
Hope this helps.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

albert's picture

It's just another way of saying to cross your stitches at this point to create your cable (which is, after all, just crossed stitches).

Bill's picture

the "twist" is the row you cross the stitches...all the other rows are just knit and purl...unless it's a traveling cable where stitches move sideways in each row...

rjcb3's picture


...what they said...

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mrossnyc's picture

She's referring to the wider of the two cables. Look on the left of the chart on P. 50, top section. That cable is made every 8th row.

The narrower 'cables' on the right side of the chart are not what she's referring to, even though they are 'cabled' every 4 rows. She mentions that the stitches marked with an "X" are not in the bottom band, so the narrow cables on the band are really just twisted ribs and she probably isn't considering them to be cables.

Buck Strong's picture

Thanks, I actually realized this last night when I was looking at it again. So, the lesson here is "Don't try to read and understand patterns after midnight."

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

"Twist" is sometimes used to describe a cross in cabling, especially in older British terms. Is that the same book that mentions neck gussets? -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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mrossnyc's picture

Yes, it's the one I used for the neck gussets on my recent fisherman's sweater and it also had the advice about decreasing the body stitches before starting the saddle shoulder.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks. I guess I'd best start saving my pennies for this one. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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