CR2L/CR2R and TW2L Problems/alternatives?

Hello. I am new to the forum and hoping for a little help/ advice.
I am not new to knitting but have usually made things that are fairly quick and not too taxing on the brain as my children made concentrating on a pattern challenging however they are older now and like a lot of people I have reurned to my stash box for something to do. I have started a new project only to find I cannot get the pattern right. It is 2xrib going into a twist, like a x about 6 cm into the pattern then carrying on throughout the pattern in a 2x2 rib The
row 1 cr2l then Cr2r. cr2Letc
row 2 2x2 rib
row 3 p1 Tw2L P2
over 5 rows but I cannot get it to work and I have done it repeated times, it gives me a headache.
Can anyone recommend another way to do this or an alternative idea to get a small bit of interest into the pattern in that area as I am pulling my hair out which is not the idea when its supposed to be relaxing me.
Thank you for your time
Regards

Welcome to KH!
What is the name of your pattern?
Depending on your pattern directions it may be that you can work the Cr2left or right as cables using a cable needle. Sometimes that works out to be just as quick as any other directions. You may also be able to work these without a cable needle just by slipping the sts off the needle like this:

There are various directions for the Tw2L twist stitch so you can see which seems easier to you.
https://www.designsbyphanessa.com/post/left-lt-right-rt-twist-stitch-tutorial#:~:text=My%20latest%20Casey%20Slouch%20Pattern,stitches%20off%20left%20hand%20needle.

Are you trying to do the X pattern on the garment? If so, can I suggest you cast on a swatch, maybe with thicker yarn and bigger needles, and practise there, with a small number of stitches.

That way, you are losing less time if you have to rip it out, and your good yarn isn’t getting stressed by re-dos. Also hopefully you will be less stressed too!

Someone else here can probably help you work out how many stitches to cast on for a swatch so that you can get a couple of repeats of the X to practise on.

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The pattern is Sara by Patons
Starting with 2x2 rib

Beg cable twist border.
Row 1 (RS): K1 [1: 0: 1: 0], (Cr2L) 0 [0: 0: 1: 1] time,
(Cr2R, Cr2L) to last
1 [1: 0: 3: 2] sts, (Cr2R) 0 [0: 0: 1: 1] time, K1 [1: 0: 1: 0].
Row 2: K0 [0: 0: 2: 1], P2 [2: 1: 2: 2], (K2, P2) to last 0 [0: 3:
2: 1] sts, K0 [0: 2: 2: 1], P0 [0: 1: 0: 0].
Row 3: K2 [2: 1: 0: 0], P2 [2: 2: 2: 1], (Tw2L, P2) to last
2 [2: 1: 0: 3] sts, (Tw2L) 0 [0: 0: 0: 1] time, P0 [0: 0: 0: 1],
K2 [2: 1: 0: 0].
Row 4: As row 2.
Row 5: K1 [1: 0: 1: 0], (Cr2R) 0 [0: 0: 1: 1] time, (Cr2L, Cr2R)
to last 1 [1: 0: 3: 2] sts, (Cr2L) 0 [0: 0: 1: 1] time, K1 [1: 0:
1: 0].
Row 6: K2 [2: 1: 0: 0], P2 [2: 2: 2: 1], (K2, P2) to last 2 [2: 1:
0: 3] sts, K2 [2: 1: 0: 2], P0 [0: 0: 0: 1].
These 6 rows complete cable twist border.
Cont in rib patt as set by last row of cable twist border
for 2 [4: 4: 6: 8] rows, ending with RS facing for next row.
(Back should meas approx
6.5 [7.5: 7.5: 8: 8.5] cm).

I have tried a swatch many many times I am just not getting it right for some reason.

I will have a look at the video.
Thank you all for suggestions

That really is lovely. The little cable detail really makes it. In skimming the pattern, I don’t see any definition of the abbreviations in the pattern however.
It looks like the k2 part of the rib splits in each cross, one knit stitch going one way and the second going in the opposite direction.
I’ll give this a try on a swatch (good thinking on your part and kushami’s).

@Witwillow
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One thing I notice is that the cable crosses (Cr2L, Cr2R) are knit/purl cables. Unlike many cable patterns you knit one stitch of cable and purl the other. The knit stitch is always on top. I don’t know if this was causing your problem.

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I think it was as the cr2l and cr2r seemed to be going fine then I did the tw2l and couldn’t see whether it ok the on the next pattern row you could see it just didn’t work.

Try just working the tw2 as another 2stitch cable. This time knit both sts of the cable. (That’s unlike what they call C2L which has a knit and a purl in the cable with the knit in front.) You can use a cable needle for it if you like or work it as in the video without a cable needle. It’ll work either way and it’s only for one row at the bottom and a bit of trim later on.

Thank you. I will have ago with it.