For this clue, we're going to dabble in cables! For those of you who have knit cables before, please be patient with this post- there are lots of pictures! For those of you who have not knit cables before, good news- there are lots of pictures (see what I did there :)!
I really love cables. I believe when it comes to knitting, cables give you the most for your money. They really aren't that difficult (once you've broken the pieces down), have infinite possibilities (there are gazillions of ways to cross stitches), and create a highly texturized and visually intriguing fabric. You really can't miss!
Now, if you don't have a cable needle, you can make do with a double point at or near the same size as the knitting needles you're using (it's kinda crazy how often I've done this, since most of my knitting supplies obviously have feet and love to go exploring through-out the house).
C5- slip next 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to front of work. Knit the next 3 stitches, then knit the 2 from the cable needle.
My photo tutorial shows the cable stitch exactly as you will knitting it for this pattern. Please note however, that the swatch in the pictures is only a sample size and your knitting will look different.
|Knit in pattern up to the C5 direction.|
|Slip 2 sts to cable needle...|
|...and hold the cable needle to the front of your work.|
|Knit 3 sts from left hand needle, then knit the 2 sts from the cable needle.|
|Continue in pattern for the remainder of the row.|
Row 1: K3 *P2, K5* repeat across row K3
Row 2: K3 *P5, K2* repeat across row K3
Row 3: K3 *P2, C5, P2, K5, P2, C5* K3
Row 4: K3 *P5, K2* K3
Row 5: K3 *P2, K5* K3
Row 6: K3 *P5, K2* K3
Row 7: K3 *P2, K5, P2, C5, P2, K5* K3
Row 8: K3 *P5, K2* K3
Row 9: K3 *P2, K5* K3
Row 10: K3 *P5, K2* K3
Row 11: K3 *P2, K5* K3
Row 12: K3 *P5, K2* K3
Row 13: K3 *P2, C5, P2, K5, P2, C5* K3
Row 14: K3 *P5, K2* K3
Row 15: K3 *P2, K5* K3
Row 16: K3 *P5, K2* K3
Row 17: K3 *P2, K5* K3
Row 18: K3 *P5, K2* K3
Row 19: K3 *P2, K5, P2, C5, P2, K5* K3
Row 20: K3 *P5, K2* K3
Row 21: K3 *P2, K5* K3
Knit 3 rows. During the third row, k2tog once near the center of the row in preparation for the next clue (47 sts).
Good luck, and see you tomorrow!