I’m making this knitted bag: Viking Bag (free pattern, Ravelry link).
You can see it has 6 repeats of the cable pattern (3 in front, 3 in back). I’m trying to modify the pattern so that I’ll have a section of flat knitting about 3/4 of the way from the top edge of the bag, about 1/2 the size of one of the pattern repeats. Does that make sense?
I’ve already tried just going right into a section of stocking stitch after the 2nd pattern repeat, but didn’t realize until after 8 rows that the st st section wasn’t laying flat… it was almost like the cables carried themselves over my st st, so that it was really wavey/bumpy. :??
Would knitting a couple of rows of garter stitch before a section of st st prevent that from happening? I don’t want to have to rip back another huge section if I can help it (I’m always worried I’m going to drop stitches, and I’m terrible at picking them back up again). I suppose I could do the section in all garter stitch, but I’d prefer it to lay flatter/more indented than the cable pattern if I can help it.