Crazy for Cable Knitting

The Cable-Down Raglan—a beautirul example of cable knitting

The Cable-Down Raglan by Stefanie Japel

Cable knitting is my first love in knitting. That’s me, “crazy-for-cables-Kathleen.” The project I’m working on now is cable-less, and when I’m done, my next project, which must include cable knitting.

I’m considering the Cable-Down Raglan by Stephanie Japel. This is an advanced project, and if I decide to knit this one it’ll be one of the most complicated knit cable projects I’ve tackled.

I’m up for it, though, especially with the help provided in the posts below. Check them out for help with your cable knits!

Cable Knitting Resources

Fixing mistakes in knit cables—Here are two fixes for the most common problems when knitting cables: counting rows between cables and fixing a mis-crossed cable after you’re many rows beyond it.

Cabling without a cable needle—This technique will speed up your cable knitting like nothing else. It might be the most helpful knit cable method you ever learn!

Cables: Starting and Stopping—Whether you’re designing your own garment or knitting from a pattern, there are many ways to start and stop cables, such as at the bottom of a sweater, at the neck edge, and along shoulder seams. This article will help you decide where to place your cables.

7 Free Cable Knitting Patterns—To get you cabling like a master, we’ve gathered seven of our favorite knit cable patterns into one free eBook. You’ll get a variety of designs, including sweaters, pullovers, scarves, cowls, vests and more.

Knitting the Cable-Down Raglan

The Cable-Down is worked in the round from the top down, in one piece, so the only finishing is a small seam in each underarm and weaving in the ends. The Lapis Yoke is the same construction, so I’m used to that.

The only issue I really have with top-down sweaters is that it’s a lot of knitting in my lap when I get to the sleeves and it’s a pain to knit the sleeves in the round because they get twisted up, especially at the beginning when you’re knitting close to the armhole. But there are lots of pros to counteract those smallish cons, right?

Cable knitting beauty at its best in the Cable Down Pullover

The Cable-Down Raglan by Stefanie Japel

I worked the first sleeve on 16-inch needles and I didn’t enjoy it, to say the least. For the second sleeve, I used the Magic Loop method, which was much easier because I just flipped it back and forth so it didn’t get twisted. It took me a week to knit the first sleeve because I kept putting it down out of frustration and it took me just two evenings to finish the second sleeve! Mischief managed.

Back to the Cable-Down Pullover, though. Here are the details: The center-front cable panel, worked over 26 sts, is worked from the neck to the hem of the body. At the waist, smaller cables are introduced on either side of the front cable (mirrored right and left and separated by a two-stitch knit rib) and continue around the back (also mirrored right to left). The sleeves are worked in reverse stockinette stitch, with the same arrangement of large and small cables.

This project will help you advance your cable knitting skills, and you’ll end up with a gorgeous knit cable sweater you’ll wear for years to come.




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