My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Knitting Cables

There have been a few questions in the comments about my current cabled project.

Like — how fast can I knit cables? The answer is — a lot slower than straight knitting. I never use a cable needle, so that speeds up the process, but of course the process of twisting a cable takes longer than just straight knitting, so a heavily cabled piece will take significantly longer to knit than straight stockinette.

There are many tutorials available online for cabling without a cable needle, by the way. Google at will.

Another commenter asked about the ruffled look of the bottom band of the piece. It looks ruffled because it is smooshed up a bit on the needle — said ruffling will go away with blocking.

When you are creating a cabled piece, you always need to increase stitches above the bottom band or ribbing because the cable “sucks” the piece in. I did increases to accommodate this, and when I spread the bottom edge out, said ruffling disappears.

Look Ma, no ruffles!

I’ve not made a whole lot of progress since my last blog post. Strangely, spending evenings in a fugue state between sleep and wakefulness is not conducive to knitting. (It was a very busy, intense work-week).

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Lucy sez:




  1. Thanks for this! I’ve only had a little bit of experience with cables so this is really helpful!
    Sava´s last blog post ..Whee!

  2. I’ve also done the ribbing in a smaller needle size than the cable body to keep it from ruffling. Have you had any problems with that?
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Nervous

  3. I hope work lets up. It is no fun when you are too jazzed to relax.

    Molly : )
    Molly by golly´s last blog post ..Whoa! Work In Progress Wednesday

  4. it took me a minute to figure out what was what with that picture of Lucy!! How that can be comfy, I do not know but my kids do poses like that all the time!!

  5. So – do you do an increase row just after the ribbing (seed st.) and before the cabling begins, and if so, how do you figure out how many sts to add in and where to add them? How’s that for 3 questions in a nice run-on sentence?
    Thanks for your fun blog that teaches as you go . . .

  6. I’m so glad there aren’t any ruffles on the seed stitch band!

  7. Love how the cable sweater is working out Wendy! You are such an inspiration to me. Glad there are no ruffles in the bottom of the sweater! Love the pix of Lucy~!

  8. Cables are definitely slower than straight knitting. However I really appreciated some change as I went from one project of miles of garter stitch to a cabled project. The variety was wonderful.
    brandi´s last blog post ..Fantastic Fiber Friday – No Fiber, More knitting:)

  9. hawknitr13 says:

    thanks, wendy, for answering my cabling questions!
    ^)^ linda

  10. Catbookmom says:

    I’m adding to Marietta’s question, regarding how many increase stitches to add before beginning the cable section. How do you determine the number? Thanks for sharing your expertise.