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« on: December 23, 2004 06:14:00 PM »

So, I was wondering if anyone knew how to do a cable pattern that "turns".

[ Deleted the ascii art, since it didn't represent what I had in my head as an idea.  See my post a few replies down. ]
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2004 06:40:53 PM »

If you think about the construction of a cable, it's quite readily seen that the cables would not match each other, or look anything like one another at all... if you're thinking of a cable that actually turns around a corner.
A cable involves the knit stitches being switched so that they cross over one another within a row.
So stitches that would go ABCDEF in a 6 stitch cable would go DEFABC

To my knowledge, there is no way to knit a sideways cable, as that would involve crossing the stitches of different rows. You can't exactly translocate the stitches on the rest of an already completed row so that it crosses over or under the row you're knitting.

Best bet would be to knit one cable up the edge, then knit the other cable as a separate piece, then seam it onto the existing fabric...
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2004 08:18:49 PM »

I've discovered that if you graft a new strip onto the top of your cable, and reverse the front crossings and back crossings, you can get a pretty decent weave/match along the seam edge. (This was tested on a five stranded cable pattern.)

I'll have to post pictures once I get them.  (Of my semisuccess.)
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« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2004 10:41:31 AM »

you could get fancy with short row mitering if the shape of your piece allowed.

or, you could work two cables some distance apart and decrease between them to join them at approximately a right angle.
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« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2004 12:23:05 PM »

There is a Norah Gaughan counterpane cable sweater, which I think has the effect you may be looking for.  I've googled but haven't found photos.  She's done other complex cable patterns, and a more extensive search for her patterns might turn up something.
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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2004 05:42:09 AM »

This might be stretching it... but maybe you could knit a long strip of cable, and after you're done with the main part of your project, sew the strip to the edges? Just a random thought.
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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2004 08:28:18 AM »

This was my idea, in handy graphical form:

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« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2004 10:29:24 AM »

i've seen pieces with a similar idea.  i think the person to ask would be jenna from girlfromauntie.com.  she is incredible when it comes to wrapping her head around intense cables.
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« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2004 10:38:04 AM »

you can totally do that.

start by drawing it out on knitter's graph paper and then figure out how to get the stitches where they need to be. 

That's going to look very cool.
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« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2004 08:17:55 PM »

start by drawing it out on knitter's graph paper and then figure out how to get the stitches where they need to be.

Knitter's graphing paper?  How does this differ from regular graphing paper?  (Secret powers, she hopes...)
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