How to Work the Slip Stitch Pattern
You will work the first round with your main color. The next 2 rounds will be worked with your 2nd color choice. Be sure to work Rounds 2 and 3 slipping the first stitch and every 4th stitch purlwise with the yarn in the back. This will create elongated stitches in the main color as shown in Photo 1.
Working Round 4 with the main color, work the first set of cables. These cables will slant the slipped stitches to the left. To work the Left Cross, slip the first slipped stitch to a cable needle and hold it in front of the fabric. Knit the next 2 stitches (Photo 2), then knit the stitch that’s on the cable needle (Photo 3). Your first cable is complete. Knit the next stitch and then repeat the Left Cross. Notice how the elongated slipped stitch slants to the left (Photo 4).
Knit a round with the main color. Work Rounds 6 and 7 using your 3rd color choice and following the same slipped stitch patterning as Rounds 2 and 3. You now have another section of elongated slipped stitches in your main color.
On the last round of the pattern, things get a little trickier in order to work the Right Cross and keep the stitches even along the round. The beginning of your round needs to shift to the right—this keeps the beginning of the pattern stitch in the same place throughout and helps to hide the jog of your striped sections. Take the first slipped stitch of the round and place it on a removable stitch marker (Photo 5). Move the last stitch from the previous round to your left-hand needle. This will be the new first stitch of the round. Leave the stitch on the removable marker hanging toward the front of the fabric until needed. You have now worked part of the first Right Cross.
Knit what is now the new first stitch of the round and then knit the next stitch as well. You are now ready to work a complete Right Cross. To work the Right Cross, slip the next 2 stitches to the cable needle and hold it in the back of the fabric (Photo 5). Knit the next stitch (the stitch that was slipped on the previous 2 rounds) and then knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle. The Right Cross is complete. Knit the next stitch and then continue to work the cable stitches to the last stitch of the round. You are now ready to complete the last Right Cross that you started the round with when you moved the beginning of the round and placed a stitch on the stitch marker. Take the stitch that’s on the stitch marker and place it on the left-hand needle, and then knit it (Photo 6). Finally, knit the last stitch of the round to complete the cable cross. You can leave the stitch marker where it is until you need it on the next repeat of Round 8.
Looking at Photo 7 below, you can see how the cables are slanting back and forth with their elongated slipped stitches floating over the top of the striped sections. This pattern stitch may seem a little fussy, but it is well worth the effort and after a few repeats the cables will become easier to maneuver. You may even try working them without a cable needle.