Three Cables with Irish Knots Hollow Oak Crazy Maypole and Lorgnette Cable

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Though these three cables are quite diverse in appearance, all three are decorated with Irish Knots, single or in clusters. Hollow Oak and Lorgnet te Cable are fairly straightforward patterns, with no tricks about them except their own special brand of novelty. But the knitter who uses Crazy Maypole must watch what she is doing. It is an off-center, free-swinging sort of pattern incorporating knots, twists, and an "inside-out" cable cross in which one knit stitch is crossed in front of two purl stitches the reverse of the usual system. In spite of its apparent eccentricity, the Maypole is a highly disciplined design, consistent with its own internal symmetry; the second half of the pattern is the exact opposite, in every detail, of the first half.

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left: Hollow Oak center: Crazy Maypole right: Lorgnette Cable

Note for all three patterns: Make Knot (MK) as follows— (kl. pi, kl. pi, kl, pi, kl) in one stitch, making 7 sts from I; then with point of left-hand needle pass the 2nd, 3rd. 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th sls on right-hand needle separately over the last st made, completing Knot.

Panel of 15 sts.

Notes: Front Cross (FC)—si 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, pi, then k2 from dpn.

Back Cross (BC)—si 1 st to dpn and hold in back, k2, then pi from dpn.

Repeat Rows 1-20.


Panel of 18 sts.

Notes: Front Cross (FC)—si 1 st to dpn and hold in front, p2, then kl from dpn.

Back Cross (BC)—si 2 sts to dpn and hold in back, kl, then p2 from dpn.

Repeat Rows 1-28.


Panel of 12 sts.

Notes: Front Gross (FC)—sl 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, p2, thcn k2 from dpn.

Back Gross (BC)—sl 2 sts to dpn and hold in back, k2, thcn p2 from dpn.

Single Front Cross (SFC)—sl 2 sts to dpn and hold in front, pl, thcn k2 from dpn.

Single Back Gross (SBC)—sl 1 st to dpn and hold in back, k2, then pl from dpn.

Rows 13. 15, 17. and 19—Repeat Rows 11, 9. 7, and 5. Row 14—P7, SBC, p2. Row 16— P6, SBC. p3.

Row 18—P4, work BC but knit all 4 sts; p4. Row 20—P2, BC, FC. p2.

Rows 21, 22, 23. 24, and 25—Repeat Rows 1, 2, 3. 4. and

Rows 33. 35. 37, and 39 Repeat Rows 31, 29, 27, and 5.

Repeat Rows 1-40.


The patterns in this section are distinguished from cables (although they are likewise worked with the aid of a cable needle) because they are intended primarily for use all over a fabric, rather than for use in isolated panels. However, there is nothing to prevent you from using these patterns in panels of one or two repeats if you wish. Use the given multiple of stitches, plus the edge stitches if any. For example, if a cablc-stitch pattern is worked on a multiple of 10 stitches plus 5, you could work a single-repeat panel on 15 stitches, or a double-repeat panel on 25 stitches, etc. patterns make attractive fabrics, which in most cases have a great deal of depth and dimension to them. Take care, however, with your gauge. These patterns are practically never interchangeable with stockinette stitch, because the cabling action pulls the stitches together laterally and gives you quite a few more stitches to the inch than you would have in plain knitting. To make a garment wide enough to lit you, it is necessary to cast on more than your "standard" number of stitches. Therefore it is important to make test swatches and check the number of stitches—or pattern repeats, if you prefer to figure it that way in any desired width measurement. Length measurements, however, will remain approximately average; the row gauge changes very little, if at all.

Cable-stitch patterns arc frequently worked in medium to heavy yarn, to make firm, thick fabrics for sweaters, jackets, afghans, and coats. But they can be worked in fine yarn, too. There is no reason why a dress or baby sweater, in thin fingering yarn, cannot be worked in a cable-stitch pattern. Remember to use a cable needle thinner than the needles bein^ used for the rest of the knitting, so the stitches will not be over-stretched in cabling (this is always a good idea for any kind of cabled pattern).

These patterns can be combined, too. One pattern might be used as a central panel, another for the remainder of the garment. Or perhaps you would like to make a set of "matching" cushions, each one in a different cable-stitch pattern. The possibilities, as usual, are endless.


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