# Understanding pattern cabling

[b]Hi I’m new to cabling and I’m trying to knit an Aran Cardigan. I’m having problems understanding what the stitch expanatin means,I thought that cables were done in knit,but this also has purl. The Sweater is found at http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/kfw-aransweater.html
STITCH EXPLANATION:
C-12 = Cable 12: Row 1 (RS): K 12. Row 2 & all even rows: P 12. Rows 3 & 9: Sl 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in back, k 3, k 3 from cable needle; sl next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in front, k 3, k 3 from cable needle. Rows 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19 & 23: K 12. Rows 15 & 21: Sl 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in front, k 3, k 3 from cable needle; sl 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in back, k 3, k 3 from cable needle. Row 24: P 12. Rep Rows 1-24 for C-12.
PATTERN ROW:
Fisherman Pat: Row 1 (RS): K 1, (p 2, T-2) 1 (2, 3, 4) times, p 3, T-2, p 3, C-12, p 3, T-2, p 2, T-2, p 3, T-2, p 1, C-6, p 1, T-2, p 3, T-2, p 2, rep from * to * once more, T-2, p 3, C-12, p 3, T-2, p 3, (T-2, p 2) 1 (2, 3, 4) times, k 1. Cont in est pat until piece meas 6" from beg. Dec 1 st at each side inside first and last sts, then every 10 rows 3 (7, 9, 11) times more – 126 (126, 130, 134) sts. Cont even in est pat until piece meas 18 (18, 18, 19)" from beg.
So on all even row I would take and do the opposite of row 1 hope someone can enlighten me. :??

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The cabling is done on the knit rows, (knit rows are odd numbers, purl rows are the even numbers).

You are working the cables on rows 3 & 9, 15 & 21. All the rows inbetween are either straight knits or purls depending on the row number.

Thank You. Now I’m understanding how pattern is written. it Confused me with K12 & P 12 :doh: all I had to do was slow down and read after you explained it looks easy now.

Cable patterns are sort of like ribbing except in the row where you do the cross overs. So on the Fisherman pattern, you’ll have knits and purls in the same row.

sue