Help with a cableing pattern

Being new at this, I’m not understanding the pattern as well the ones on here. First, when I watched a video of the sts stitch, it showed a purl row and then a knit row, did I miss undersand? This pattern is sayin to cast on a sts and then knit 2 rows. And right side and wrong side… the video didn’t show that you have to do this?
And do you seriously have to make small panels to do a throw like this? I would have thought that you could do it all in one piece and do the cable when you get to it. I’m confused:aww:

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Yup, the first 2 rows are just edging so knit 2 rows then start your pattern with Row 1 of the instructions. You will have to sew the panels together, too.
If you’d rather do a cable afghan in one piece, Bernat has one (I think) in their free patterns section.

Well, I guess I will just have to try it out. LOL Thank you. These patterns are a lot different from the easy patterns on here.

That is a beautiful afghan. I might do this one myself.

The video on here of Amy showing how to do cables is just that. How to do cables - not how to do cables for every pattern you will come across. If you look at the picture of the afghan, on the edges are 2 rows of garter (knitting on both the right and wrong side). This will keep the edges from rolling.

I suppose you could modify the pattern to accommodate all 120 stitches, but that might mean using a circular needle and the magic loop method and some very serious concentration regarding the right cable and left cable sections. If you feel up to it, you could always try and see how it goes. Personally, I think making the panels would be easier and go much faster than trying to knit the whole thing at once. You may get bored with it faster doing the whole thing at once. Just a thought.

Yeah, the more I think about it, the more it looks easier to do the panels instead. One question though, when I join the panels together, how do I join the end threads to keep it intact? I found instruction on the lionbrand site, but, it just shows the stitch to use for different stitch sides, but, doesn’t show how to bind it off.

Gosh, I’m so sorry about all the questions, but, here is one more about cableing.
When it says right cros panel and it shows only 6/6 RC, that means, you pull 6 onto the cable needle, knit the next 6 and then come back and knit the 6 from the cable needle, then, do the same on all the 13th rows, the same, right? It will always be RC, with the cable needle behind, right?
then on the Left cross panel, the same, but, always a LC.

Never apologize for asking questions! That’s how we learn. :slight_smile:

First, I don’t see why you couldn’t do it all at once instead of panels. You would need a fairly long circular needle to hold the weight of all of it, and it would be pretty heavy, but it’s not impossible. However, for a new knitter it might be easier to do panels simply so you don’t have to remember which way your cables go each time you come to them.

You’re right- when you’re doing the right cross panel it will always be 6/6RC, and when you’re doing the left cross panels it will always be 6/6LC. And your description of how to do the cables is correct, too. For RC you hold the cable needle to the back, for LC you hold it to the front.

As for joining- you’ll bind off all your stitches for each panel before you join, so you won’t have any live stitches when you’re sewing the panels together. You can leave really long tails when you cast on and bind off, and use those tails for stitching the panels together; or you can just use a new piece of yarn. Either way, you weave the left-over ends in just like you do when you finish anything else.

First, to answer the second question: You are correct. You’ll be making 3 panels doing the right cross each time. Then 2 panels with the left cross each time. When you sew them together you’ll alternate the panels: RC panel, LC panel, RC panel, LC panel, RC panel.

Second, I’m not sure what you mean by “end threads”. What I would do is knit each panel, bind off each panel and weave in the ends on each panel. Then stitch the panels together beginning at the cast-on edge of each.

On your pattern you should find a stitch glossery or something like it that will tell you how many stitches to use for your cable and how to do some of the more complicated stitches. It’s like a little stitch explanation guide.