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Old 10-09-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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Cabling with 11 sts
I have a scarf pattern which is making me crazy. It calls for C22B and C22F. I've gotten fairly good with the C4 and even C8, but this is so difficult. The directions specify:
C22B Cable 22 back: Slip next 11 sts on CB and hold in back,
K11, K11 from CN
C22F Cable 22 front: slip next 11 sts on CN and hold in front,
K11, K11 from CN

I knitted thru the first set of cables [Rows 1-24] but there's a length of yarn that 'drags' along the back of the scarf and the stitches from the cable needle are so tight when placed back on the LH needle for knitting that I can't seem to work them without using a smaller needle to knit the stitch and then carry it over the top of the RH needle.

I love cabling, but this pattern is making me rethink my ability to do it.

Anyone ever cable like this?
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:24 PM   #2
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With a larger number of sts the 'gap' at the stitch crossing is going to be exaggerated and the sts are going to be tight. Just keep a loose tension on them, especially on the row before the stitches cross.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:30 PM   #3
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I've done large cables and it's one time at least that being a loose knitter comes in handy. Don't try to pull the yarn tightly across the back of the cable in order to snug it up. Try to keep a slightly looser tension as you cross the cable. It will even out a bit as you knit the following rows, too.
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