Repeats

A general note about cables: Any convenient number of stitches can be used for cables, whether even (two over two, three over three, etc.) or uneven (three over two). Nineteenth-centuiy patterns generally used an uneven number of stitches for cables, making one less stitch on the extra cable needle, lessening the pull and allowing the twist to lie flatter than when worked on an even number of stitches. When you are knitting with inelastic cotton yarns, this pull is an important consideration.

Cable worked on six stitches, held at front. Slip the first three stitches onto an extra needle and hold in front of the work. Knit the next three stitches. Knit the stitches from the extra needle. (See "A general note about cables" in CB6 above.)

A knob is built up and completed in a single stitch before moving on to the next stitch. Work a knob as follows, turning the work after each row: Row 1: (O, Kl)3x in the same stitch Row 2: Sip, P5 Row 3: SI, K5 Row 4: Sip, P5 Row 5: SI, K5 Row 6: (P2tog)3x Row 7: D3

One stitch remains, as shown in the drawing below.

Abbreviated Pattern #1 (#2, #3 and so on) identifies a stitch combination used frequently throughout one given set of knitting instructions.

Times.

Parentheses are used with the symbol x to identify the stitches to be repeated. An empty set of parentheses, ( ), means to repeat the material in parentheses in the same row or round.

Brackets are used with the symbol x to identify a group of stitches to be repeated.

Stitches between single asterisks are worked in more than one place in a given row or round. When * - * appeal's in a-line of instruction, repeat the stitch pattern previously written between asterisks.

Stitches between double asterisks are worked in more than one place in a given row or round. When ** - ** appears in a line of instruction, repeat the stitch pattern previously written between asterisks.

Completed Knob

To form a knob, eptra stitches arc cast on, worked and then decreased in a single stitch (shown shaded). When knob is completed, one stitch remains on right needle.

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