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New postby bridesmom on Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:44 am

I am doing a cabled sweater, and one of the stitches is a row that looks like a rope, called a left twist, I can't get it to look right
The pattern is - k 2nd stitch on Lh needle tbl, then k first 2 stitches together tbl, purl back.
Here's a pic of the pattern and the directions. Mine doesn't look anything like this at all, and I think I am doing it correctly, Any tips, or should I just change and do a cable stitch?

http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/images/trellisALT.jpg

http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring05/images/trellisCHTa.gif

The middle cable also looks like crap, but I think I have figured that out now. I think my tension is too loose, does it need to be fairly tight when doing the cables??
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Re: knit stitch help

New postby DorothyL on Tue Sep 06, 2011 7:58 am

I would just do a cable stitch I think.
My cables are always really tight where they cross.
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Re: knit stitch help

New postby Pudge99 on Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:28 am

Facebook says Jan's been jammin and also that school starts today. So she is back to work I am guessing. Sorry I am not much help with the knitting. All those directions look like a foreign language to me.
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Re: knit stitch help

New postby DorothyL on Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:57 am

Laura,
Are you decreasing when you knit two together?

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Re: knit stitch help

New postby Magot on Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:03 pm

Could you send a link to the pattern Laura, It looks a bit like they are trying to get a sort of i-cord over the surface of the knitting, and yes, you need to keep your cables tight. Sometimes I find I get gaping ( loose stitches) on one side of a cable rather than the other - at this point I twist the stitch to take up the slack. I think it is because I have sloppy technique.

You could just substitute a cable running over the surface and it would be fine, a bit less 3d that's all. I love the pattern by the way.
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Re: knit stitch help

New postby Magot on Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:05 pm

Could you send a link to the pattern Laura, It looks a bit like they are trying to get a sort of i-cord over the surface of the knitting, and yes, you need to keep your cables tight. Sometimes I find I get gaping ( loose stitches) on one side of a cable rather than the other - at this point I twist the stitch to take up the slack. I think it is because I have sloppy technique.

You could just substitute a cable running over the surface and it would be fine, a bit less 3d that's all. I love the pattern by the way.
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Re: knit stitch help

New postby DorothyL on Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:25 pm

Oh... Now I get it. Thanks Jan.

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Re: knit stitch help

New postby lendube on Tue Sep 06, 2011 1:40 pm

That's cool. I've never knitted from a chart. Do you ladies find it easier or harder than from a written pattern?
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Re: knit stitch help

New postby Bama on Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:17 pm

I've never knitted from a chart, but prefer it for crochet over a written pattern.
Nice sweater! I can only dream of being able to try something like that.
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Re: knit stitch help

New postby bridesmom on Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:07 pm

I think I will just do the straight cable instead of the left twist but I still need to do the curving cable so I think I will rip it all back and start with just a front and see if I can get it. One of the women at work wants me to bring it in tomorrow so she can see what I'm doing. I'm thinking it's my tension for sure. Jan did you get the link for the whole pattern? It's on knitty.com called trellis. The thing I really love about it is the shawl collar.
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