The Appalachia pullover from the September 2011 issue of Creative Knitting, made with Brown Sheep Top of the Lamb Sport, features an allover cable pattern which is constructed seamlessly from the bottom up. This textured banjo cable design is a simple cable that is easy enough to work if you’re new to knitting cables because it’s worked as a simple 2 x 2 cable, which means that you always work 2 stitches from the cable needle, then knit 2 stitches from the working needle. Alternating stitches to either the front or the back creates an oval characteristic to this wonderfully easy cable pattern design.
Honeycomb Cable (multiple of 8 sts)
Rnd 1: *2/2RC, 2/2LC; rep from * around.
I like how this pattern calls for 5 rounds of straight knitting, offering a little “break” in between working each of the cable rows. This can be a nice relief from working tedious cables every couple of rows.
Special Note: If you’re working in rows, (back and forth instead of in the round) purl all even rows.
Rnd 7: *2/2LC, 2/2RC; rep from * around.
Rnds 8–12: Knit around.
Rep Rnds 1–12 for pat.
2/2 Left Cross (2/2 LC): Slip 2 to cable needle, hold in front, k2, k2 from cable needle.
2/2 Right Cross (2/2 RC): Slip 2 to cable needle, hold in back, k2, k2 from cable needle.
Once you get the hang of this easiest of cable patterns, you may want to test your cable-working skills on projects such as École Militaire, Easy Cabled Cowl or Side-to-Side Style, all featured in the Cable Ready chapter of the September 2011 issue of Creative Knitting magazine.
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