Okay, I started knitting a year ago, and had no teacher. Aside from the occasional (and VERY helpful) visit to www.knittinghelp.com, I basically taught myself. This came with an extremely great sense of accomplishment with one very very big downside: I don't know $hit! I've knitted a billion different scarves (even a bunch of cables!), but only two non-scarf projects: a fitted cap and a felted belt.
So last night I started the Grey Cabled Vest for a dog that's in the book "Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them." (It's one of the last couple of patterns.) I've worked up to the arm decrease, and it tells me to BO 4 sts off the beginning of the next two rows. Then it tells me to continue "with no shaping" on the cable pattern as established. What does it mean to not shape the cable? I've Googled shaping +knitting, but have only found patterns that mention shaping, and they don't really shed any light on what it means. I have a feeling it's terribly simple... Ha!
Sorry for the ramble. I tend to be a bit chatty, even when I'm just typing.