I'm working on a hat for Christmas. Size 10 needles, worsted weight yarn. It's dead simple, but I'm finding that I'm having difficulty with the cables. It seems like a waste to use a cable needle for crossing 2 stitches, and I tried to use the video tutorial, but it didn't help much. Maybe it's a matter of practice..
Here's a bit of the pattern:
Round 1: *slip 1 stitch to cable needle and hold in front, p1, k1tbl from cable needle,
slip 1 stitch to cable needle and hold in back, k1tbl, p1 from cable needle* Repeat
from * to * to end of round.
Round 2: p1, k1tbl twice, p1 Repeat from * to * to end of round.
Round 3: *p1, slip 1 stitch to cable needle and hold in front, k1tbl, k1tbl from cable
First of all, it's worded strangely to me - I'm so very used to seeing C2F, etc, that it's like a foreign language. Am I reading it correctly that there are only 2 stitches involved in each cable?
Secondly, wouldn't this be easier to do without a cable needle? My knitting isn't very tight, and having to hold the cable needle seems to be slowing everything down substantially, since the one stitch keeps sliding out. If yes, could someone clarify which stitch is which? Once I swap the two stitches around like in the video, I get confused which to ktbl and which to p.