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Old 01-01-2014, 09:33 PM   #1
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Pattern directions help please!!
I'm a new knitter, and I am working on my first sweater with cabling. I've done a few practice cable swatches, but I'm just not understanding the directions for the cable pattern as written for the 12 stitch cable pattern:

Row 1: K4, C2F, C2B, K4
Row 2 and alternate: Purl

Where I'm stuck is how to front and back without stitches in between...
My practice ones always directed to cable front, then knit. Anything I've tried has not ended well! Any advice would be appreciated
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:01 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome. Can you link to your pattern?
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Old 01-01-2014, 10:52 PM   #3
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The file is too big to attach; cable pattern is as follows:
Cable Pattern
1st row (Right Side): K4, C2F, C2B, k4
2nd row and every alt row: Purl
3rd row: K2, (C2F, C2B) twice, K2
5th row: (C2F, C2B) 3 times
7th row: (C2B, C2F) 3 times
9th row: K2, (C2B, C2F) twice, k2
11th row: K4, C2B, C2F, k4

Directions for inserting cable panels:
Insert Cable Panels: Sm, k16 (19, 22, 26, 35, 39, 44) sts. Place marker. [k2, p2, knit 12, purl 2, knit 2] Place marker. The section between the [square brackets] is the cable panel. (refer to Diagram #1) Work across to second side marker, sm, k across back, sm, k to beginning of cable panel. *K1, inc1. Put the increased st on a holder at back of work.* Repeat this for each st across the cable panel (excepting the 4 purl sts, which will be purled and the increased st placed on holder at back). Your work should have 20 sts on a holder at the back. Slip marker. Work around body, and when you return to the beginning of the cable panel, work the sts you placed at the back of the work. (you should k2, p2, k12, purl 2, knit 2). Now you have 124 (135, 148, 200, 216, 236) sts for the body.

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Row 1: K4, C2F, C2B, K4
Row 2 and alternate: Purl

Where I'm stuck is how to front and back without stitches in between...
Why do you need sts in between?
As written, these directions cover 10 sts: Knit4, Cable2, Cable2, Knit4.
You have two cables, 2sts each, crossing in opposite directions (one front, one back). The cables don't cross each other and there are no sts between them.
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Hi Rochester Knitter,
Thanks for the help - I learned how to knit out of Knitting for Dummies, so I'm afraid that I generally have no idea what I'm doing!

If I knit 4, then slip 2 to the front, then slip 2 to the back, then knit 4, I don't know how I get my slipped stitches back in.

I probably don't even know how to ask the question right!
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Where did you get your pattern and what is it called? Even a picture of the item can sometimes be helpful.
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From the Craftsy website:
http://www.craftsy.com/patterns/knitting/free
#6 - Corona
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How To Knit C2B (Cross 2 Back) and C2F (Cross 2 Front)

Try this. I think it's what you want to do.

Very pretty sweater.
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Originally Posted by sundayknitter View Post
Hi Rochester Knitter,
Thanks for the help - I learned how to knit out of Knitting for Dummies, so I'm afraid that I generally have no idea what I'm doing!

If I knit 4, then slip 2 to the front, then slip 2 to the back, then knit 4, I don't know how I get my slipped stitches back in.

I probably don't even know how to ask the question right!
To go along with GGs videos, a C2F and C2B each takes up 2 stitches a piece. For C2F, slip the next stitch onto a cable needle and let it dangle towards you, then knit the next stitch. Now knit the stitch on the cable needle.

a C2B is worked the same way, only let the stitch on the cable needle dangle on the back of the work.

When I first started cables I did everything with a cable needle because I was terrified of dropping stitches. It can be a PITA at first, but now I just slip the stitch off of the needle to the front or back, knit the next stitch and pick up the dropped stitch from the front or back and knit it.

HTH.
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Hi and welcome to Knitting Help!

"If I knit 4, then slip 2 to the front, then slip 2 to the back, then knit 4, I don't know how I get my slipped stitches back in."

The important thing, as Charlotte's directions and GG's video explain, is slip 1 stitch, then knit the next stitch for the cable.
Usually patterns define the cable stitch required but this pattern, although careful otherwise, doesn't.
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