In­sert­ing a CABLE PANEL

Fiona loves to in­spire knit­ters to be cre­ative and to ex­per­i­ment. In this tu­to­rial, she ex­plains how to insert or mod­ify a cable panel.

Creative Knitting - - NEWS - By FIONA EL­LIS

In­sert­ing a Cable Panel

Have you ever found a pat­tern for a cable panel that you love, but it’s shown on a sil­hou­ette or gar­ment that ei­ther doesn’t ap­peal to you or won’t work for your body type? Maybe you al­ready have a pat­tern for a gar­ment that you know fits you re­ally well, and you would like to in­tro­duce a cable panel to the project the next time that you make it. How do you do the cal­cu­la­tions to make these mod­i­fi­ca­tions?

When a cable pat­tern is worked, the cross­ing of the stitches causes the fab­ric to be com­pressed across the width; it also re­moves some of the elas­tic­ity of the fab­ric.

The more crosses that take place across the width, the nar­rower the piece will be­come. So a piece of cabled fab­ric will re­quire more stitches (and sub­se­quently more yarn) than a piece of the same width worked in stock­inette stitch.

To get an ac­cu­rate mea­sure­ment of how much a given cable pat­tern will com­press the fab­ric, it is nec­es­sary to work a large swatch. Any changes to the pat­tern­ing will af­fect your gauge, so it is best to work the full panel in­set into a small amount of stock­inette stitch to see how it will turn out in the fin­ished piece. Mea­sure the full panel to give an ac­cu­rate mea­sure­ment.

You will need to make gauge swatches that are worked in the cable pat­tern (or other mod­i­fi­ca­tions) com­bined with stock­inette stitch in or­der to mea­sure the dif­fer­ent gauges of each sec­tion of the fab­ric. Mea­sure both cable pat­tern and stock­inette.

How to Add a Cable Panel

Step 1: Mea­sure your gauge over stock­inette stitch. Step 2: Mea­sure your gauge over the cable panel to find the to­tal width of the cable panel. Step 3: Cal­cu­late the num­ber of stock­inette stitches that will re­sult in the same width as the cable panel. Step 4: From the to­tal stitch count for the gar­ment piece, sub­tract the num­ber of stitches that would equal the width of the cable panel if they were worked in stock­inette; then add back in the num­ber of stitches used in the cable panel. Ex­am­ple: a) Stock­inette stitch gauge: 24 sts = 4 inches, or 6 sts per inch. b) 46-st Cable panel = 7¼inches. c) 7¼inches worked in stock­inette stitch: 6 sts per inch (in our ex­am­ple) x 7¼=43½. d) Sub­tract 43½from the to­tal orig­i­nal stitch count, then add 46 to give new over­all stitch count.

Of course in this ex­am­ple you will also need to round up or down to the near­est whole num­ber.

Cable Vari­a­tions

In the Cabled Panel Sweater on page 78, I have used a large-scale panel for the back. Only part of this panel is worked for each front and the col­lar. To add in­ter­est, I have also in­cor­po­rated a trio of sim­ple rope ca­bles at the cen­ter back of the col­lar—a small panel that still re­lates to the over­all pat­tern­ing be­cause it is taken from the pan­els on the body.

A great way to spark your own cre­ativ­ity is to ex­per­i­ment with a cable chart and/or in­struc­tions. Ask your­self what will hap­pen if you change a re­peat, add or re­move an el­e­ment, or make many other pos­si­ble vari­a­tions.

There are a few op­tions that you might like to try based on my orig­i­nal chart (see page 82) for the Cabled Panel Sweater.

I be­gan with the orig­i­nal chart and in­struc­tions, and se­lected el­e­ments to re­move or re­peat:

a) Re­peat­ing a left-slant­ing col­umn of rail-track cable (stitches 26–39), with the right-slant­ing rail-track cable (stitches 6–19) stacked on top cre­ates a zigzag ef­fect ver­ti­cally.

b) Re­peat­ing the col­umns of rail-track cable with no space be­tween (re­mov­ing cen­ter rope cable, work­ing right-slanted cable fol­lowed by left-slanted cable, then work­ing right­slanted cable once more—stitches 6–19, fol­lowed by stitches 28–39, fol­lowed by stitches 8–21) cre­ates a zigzag ef­fect across the piece.

Once you have de­cided which stitches or cable pat­terns to use, you can now adjust the project’s stitch count to ac­count for any changes in gauge us­ing the in­struc­tions above. I hope you en­joy the world of cable mod­i­fi­ca­tion!

TOOLS: You will need gauge swatches, a tape mea­sure or other mea­sur­ing tool, a cal­cu­la­tor, a pen­cil and pa­per.

Small el­e­ments con­tained within the over­all pat­tern can be used for de­tails on a gar­ment.

Hor­i­zon­tal zigzag cre­ated from orig­i­nal cable pat­tern.

Ver­ti­cal zigzag cre­ated from orig­i­nal cable pat­tern.

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