Correcting Cables

In a garment with as many cables as Burrard, some are bound to be mis-crossed. Not that it makes any structural difference, of course; cables are a sort of clever  trompe l’oeil  effect, creating visual integrity along a particular cable ‘rope’, while actually each stitch is connected to its surrounding stitches rather than any other along that rope.

But mis-crossed cables can look ugly. And we don’t like ugly.

The Yarn Harlot gives two brilliant ways to correct them. If I’d found the incorrect crosses a few rows up, I would have dropped those stitches and worked them up correctly. But after the whole piece is knitted, I’ll happily resort to trickery.

For eg, the safety pin marks a mis-crossed cable (everything else is a left cross while this one is a right cross).

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To correct it (I’m showing the following pictures on the other, mirrored, sleeve, where a left cross has to be changed to right), first run a couple of running stitches across the naughty cable, compressing it and creating a correctly oriented ‘channel’. This step is important – without it the duplicate stitches in the next step sit oddly high.

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Then duplicate stitch in the ‘channel’. Weave in ends and you’re done!

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