Two Steps Forward

One step back.

I finished knitting the waistband (about 1.5 inches of garter--to match the bands on the sleeves) and marked my cabled sections.

NewLilacCables.jpg

Yes, I know that those stitch markers are paper clips. Turns out that I forgot my stitch markers in Boston. But when I was at The Point, where I could have easily purchased new stitch markers, I was convinced that the markers were in my suitcase (which at that point--ha, ha--was not with me). Thus, the paper clips.

Paper clips don't make particularly great stitch markers. They work in a pinch, but they tend to get hooked on the yarn, and to cause a bit of a gap between stitches.

These cables have got to go. I don't like the gap that's developing on the cable rows as the yarn is stretched too tightly. You can't see this in the photo, but trust me. It's there. I'll redo them, but with two stitches between each cabled section. And proper stitch markers....

 

May I suggest a McDonald's size straw and a pair of scissors? That's what I use to make my emergency stitchmarkers. Just make sure the straw fits loosely around your needle size and snip the width of marker you want. :)

Okay - we're watching!

You could border each cable section with a purl sts on either side, that usually helps the gap in a cable.

I use a bit of yarn as a marker when I "forget" my tools. I've also used earrings. As far as the cables go, I'm in agreement with Virginia, purl stitches along side of the cable or even a moss stitch. I don't know if it will match your sleeves. We can only hope. Good luck and enjoy your knitting, we are :-)

I use a bit of yarn as a marker when I "forget" my tools. I've also used earrings. As far as the cables go, I'm in agreement with Virginia, purl stitches along side of the cable or even a moss stitch. I don't know if it will match your sleeves. We can only hope. Good luck and enjoy your knitting, we are :-)

Been there done that with paperclips. And had to go around begging for them at airline ticket counters and book stores.

I never contemplated how important the right stitch markers can be. But it's a lovely sweater.

The goddess should know that you have a perfectly well-balanced ego and do not require a humbling knitting project. All the best as you plow your way through.

hey you, long time no see, but I'm amused - we're both knitting "design as you go" gray cardigans! Am guessing yours will be fabulous, mine not exactly thought out, but still wearable... but we'll see. You in town this sunday?

 

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