Thursday 04/11/2013, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Phony Cables with Lily Chin
We love cables but sometimes don't like the interruption of actually doing a cable. Learn several ways of achieving a cable look without having to re-arrange the stitches. Try out several easier alternatives, including a 2-color faux cable and a trim. These are guaranteed to be unique and often much faster with similar results.
All homework, cable needles, circular and dpns appropriate for yarns.
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
Swatch 1: Use two colors of the same weight yarn and appropriate needles to work the following:
First strip: With one color, cast on 9 sts. Rows 1 and 3 (WS): purl across. Row 2 (RS): Knit. *Row 4: K4, yo, k2tog, k3. Work 7 rows in established stockinette st.* Rep from * to * for 47 rows total, there should be 6 eyelet holes up this strip, bind off.
Second strip: With second color, cast on 9 sts. *Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7 (WS): Purl. Rows 2, 4 and 6 (RS): Knit. Row 8: K4, yo, k2tog, k3.* Rep from * to * for 47 rows total. There should be 5 eyelet holes up this strip, bind off.
Swatch 2: With any yarn and needles, make I-cord as follows: Cast on 3 or 4 sts on one double pointed needle (dpn). *With another dpn, knit across. DO NOT TURN WORK, always have RS or knit side facing you. Slide all sts to right-hand end of dpn. String strand of yarn across back of work and rep from * until cord measures about 10", bind off. Tug on cord slightly lengthwise. This cord is similar to that made by "knitting knobbies" and looks like small, circular tube. Make another 4 in same manner, with other colors if you can or choose to, then make another one for 18". If you really cannot do I-cord, bring either very thick yarn about the same thickness of I-cord or gather many strands of yarn together and twist them together to get the same thickness of I-cord.
Swatch 3: With #4 (worsted-weight) or heavier yarn and appropriate needles, cast on 20 sts. All Rows: K2, (k1, p1) 8 times, end K2. Work for about 1", leave stitches on needles or holder.
Swatch 4:With #4 (worsted-weight) or heavier yarn or heavier and appropriate needles, cast on 13 sts. Row 1 and all odd rows (WS): (K1, p3) 3 times, end k1. Row 2 and all even rows (RS): (P1, k3) 3 times, end p1. Work for about 1", end ready to work a RS row, leave stitches on needles or holder.
Swatch 5: With #4 (worsted-weight or heavier yarn and appropriate needles, cast on 10 sts. Row 1 and all odd rows (WS): Purl. Row 2 and any even other rows not listed (RS): Knit. Row 4: K6, ssk, yo, k2. Rows 10, 16, 22 and 28: K2, yo, k2tog, k2, ssk, yo, k2. Row 34: K2, yo, k2tog, k6. Bind off after Row 37.