Double cable

Also known as a horseshoe cable, a double cable (see Figure 11-4) consists of a panel of 18 stitches (the cable is 12 stitches wide with 3 set-up stitches on either side of it). The Horseshoe Cable Hand Warmers pattern later in this chapter is basically a larger version of the swatch, so if you're feeling ambitious, knit them up to try out this cable!

Follow these instructions to work this double cable pattern: Cast on 18 sts.

Rows 1 and 3 (RS): P3, k12, p3. Rows 2, 4, and 6: K3, p12, k3.

Row 5: P3, sl next 3 sts to cn and hold in back, k3, k3 from cn, sl next 3 sts to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p3.

Did you notice that this is nothing more than a right cable next to a left cable? You can turn the cable upside down by working a left cable first and then a right one.

Wave cable

A wave cable (see Figure 11-5) consists of a panel of 12 stitches (the cable itself is 6 stitches wide). This cable gets its appearance from crossing inconsistently — to the right on one turning row and to the left on the next turning row.

Figure 11-5:

Wave cable (outside panels) and chain cable (center panel).

Figure 11-5:

Wave cable (outside panels) and chain cable (center panel).

Work the wave cable as follows: Cast on 12 sts.

Rows 1, 3, 7, and 9 (RS): P3, k6, p3. Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12: K3, p6, k3.

Row 5: P3, sl next 3 sts to cn and hold in back, k3, k3 from cn, p3. Row 11: P3, sl next 3 to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn, p3. Rep Rows 1-12.

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