Understanding A Little Bit About Cables

To the Sea Sweater by DROPS design

I recently started knitting a sweater for my husband.  The cooler weather and pretty yarn inspired me to select To The Sea by DROPS design.  It has just enough pattern to keep me interested, but not so much that I can’t watch a good mystery or listen to my audiobook while working on it.

There are several things I like about this sweater:
• It is knit in-the-round and has a generous turtle neck that is not too tight,
• It has a nice cable up the front that is easy and fun to knit, and
• It comes in a wide range of sizes from S/M – L – XL – XXL.

Although the pattern recommends Aran weight yarn, I was able to achieve gauge with worsted weight.  The pattern includes a link to help the knitter convert from Aran to worsted weight, so I had a backup plan. With this in mind, I think Deluxe Worsted Tweed Superwash (100% wool), Plymouth Hannah (65% cotton, 35% bamboo), or Billie Jean Aran yarn (cotton denim) would all be pretty good options.

As I noted earlier, I found the horseshoe cables up the front appealing.  This cable stitch is a great beginning cable stitch as the stitches move out from the center making it fairly easy to know whether your cables are leaning in the correct direction.  The right-leaning cable stitches (holding stitches in the back of your work) and the left-leaning cable stitches (holding the stitches in the front) produce a simple, predictable pattern up the front of the sweater.  Below is a tutorial by Knitting with Suzanne Bryan that demonstrates how to knit this stitch.

Cable example sweater on needles

You may notice in my sweater in progress (at the right) that I have placed a pink stitch marker right below the cable needle.  This marks the beginning of my cable pattern. Placing a stitch marker on the first row after the cable cross helps me keep track of the number of rows between my pattern repeat (in this case, every 16 rows).  Although I use a row counter, it makes counting rows between cables easy and provides a double-check. I don’t know about you, but I can get distracted and forget to advance the row number on my row counter. It can be a challenge to count rows between cables, so I have included a tutorial by Roxanne Richardson that demonstrates how to do this.

Soon it will be time to bind off stitches for the sleeves and begin the yoke. I am looking forward to seeing how the raglan shaping and turtleneck work out.  It should be fun.