My very first post here on knittinhelp.com! Just started knitting about three weeks ago, made a couple of scarves but wanting to try something a little fancier than what I';ve been doing, which just simply knitting rows
Wanted to try making a scarf with a cable pattern, but have been trouble with my practice cables.
I find them very hard to knit, and when I cross stiches, the effect isn't particularly nice. It just looks scrunched and tight, and I can't picture how they'd come out like I see in the photos.
Can anyone give some general advice on how to make nice cables. Do you have to knit with a looser tension than normal so that they can cross over easily? Is it hard to judge if you've done a crossover nicely until you've knit more rows? Maybe the hanging loops get tighter as they're off the needle, should I use a large cable needle to make sure the loops are easy to knit later? Is the cable effect easier / nicer looking with thick or thin yarn?
Any help / general advice greatly appreciated.