Originally Posted by Jan in CA
That is my own sample I knit so no worries about copyright with that. It's okay to post a few lines of a pattern or a small picture if necessary, but never post an entire pattern unless it's one you created yourself and you want to share it.
Glad to help.
I went back and played with this and now I understand it. In case anyone else is having the same problem, hopefully this explanation will help:
If you knit the st on the RS, you will purl it on the WS and vice versa. You are working stockinette for the cables and reverse stockinette for the side stitches.
Jan's comment "So knit the knits and purl the purls just like you would ribbing
" helped me get it. If the stitch below on the side you're working is a knit, then knit it. I was thinking if the stitch was knitted in the last row (on the other side of the work) it meant to knit it again, which would create garter st.
In combination knitting, this is actually even easier to get, especially for the first few rows until you can see more clearly. The purl sts have the leading leg in front and the knit sts will have the leading leg in back. So can literally follow the "as seated on the needle" instruction. For Western style ("normal") knitting, you will have to watch your stitches the first few rows because all leading legs are in the front.
I've been happily experimenting with different cables and they're turning out well.