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« on: August 10, 2011 12:43:42 PM »

So I know how to knit and I just recently learned how to do cables.

Now here's the thing, I know how to knit cables, it just doesn't look right.  Here is an example below, from my first cable project.



Is the problem the way I hold the yarn because I don't hold it properly?  Is it a question of the tension of the yarn?

I have no idea.  It looks more knotted than knitted.

Oh and one more fyi my knitted is loose compared to how I crochet, which is very tight.

I really appreciate any help that you could give.
Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2011 10:09:49 PM »

From your picture, it's really hard to tell a lot of things.  But I don't think it's a question of tension - if it were, it wouldn't look knotted, but instead would just look loose and loopy.  So I'll have to ask a few questions:

1)  What kind of cable are you trying to do?  A four-stitch cable?  Two-stitch?  A braided cable?  Do you have a link to the pattern you're learning from?

2)  Are you using a cable needle to hold stitches out of the way?

3)  Are you cabling every row, or -- as most cables are -- on right side rows only? 

4)  When you say you know how to do cables, does that mean you know the general idea/theory?  Or are you referring to knowing how to do cables in crochet?  It's a little different with knitting, I think (though to be honest, I haven't done cables in crochet myself, so I'm not completely sure).

Interestingly, the cables to either side in your picture look more like regular (and, as you mentioned, loosely-tensioned) cables than the one that you're focusing on.
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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011 06:06:24 AM »

Your sts look twisted and would be from how you wrap the yarn then work it on the next row. You may be wrapping the purls backwards which is okay, but then you need to knit them by putting the needle into the leg closest to the tip on the next row. Check the purl videos at knitting help, especially for 'combined' knitting and purling which is a way to keep wrapping the way you do but get untwisted sts.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit
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