Cables always add such great dimension to sweater, beanies, scarfs and throws/blankets. Only problem with them, especially in the scarfs and throws/blankets department, the back side of the Cable looks "ODD" and lacks taste in comparison to the front side of the project.
Here's a great technique for those Afghans/Throws/Blankets/Scarfs to make your cables "REVERSIBLE"!!! YES!!! REVERSIBLE!!!
A quick baby blanket pattern I designed involves all the basics
Refering to front of project
Diagram "rough" instructions X:Garter V:Knit P: Purl C: Cable Section
this is roughly the pattern...and will look something like this
|From Knit Projects|
Problem is on the cable section, the reverse side that or purled cable side does not look correct, so, what to do? How about lets
****RIB THE CABLE SECTION****
in a 1X1 ribbing, the front and back of the cable section will look the same for both sides. SO, here's a visual for you of the RIBBED CABLE SECTION VERSES THE STANDARD CABLE SECTION
*Viewed From Front
VVV/VVV <---twisted row. slip on cable needle
VVVVVV and repeat
VPVPVP/VPVPVP <---twisted row. slip on cable needle
VPVPVPVPVPVP and repeat
keep in mind you knit the knits and purl the purls on the cable needle to keep the consistent cable ribbing.
There are added stitches to this, so you may want to extend the cable a few more rows so the width is equivalent to the twist. Here is a little view of what it will look like
This works in 6, 8, 10, 12 width stich Cables and it even works with Plaited Braids if you look for a challenge
|Plaited Braid 18 stitches
link on how to do the Plaited Braid
10 stitch width Ribbed Cable
I hope this helps you all out there who want a Knitted Cable Blanket or Scarf to be TRULY REVERSIBLE!!!
Thanks for reading
and Happy knitting
Jared Hurlburt ;-)
P.S. If anything here is too complicated, Please let me know so I can revise the instructions