convert a cable pattern for circular?

knit_knot_eat's picture

I have a cable pattern that I have tried and I really like it. It a pattern for straight needles and has both purl and knit stitches on both sides. Problem is I want to do it on a hat using my circular needles.
How do I convert it since there is no longer a RS and a WS

JDM511's picture

If you are working off a

If you are working off a graph, you just knit the way the graph tells you. The instructions usually state and X on an odd row(right side) is a knit stitch and a purl stitch on an even row (wrong side). and a 0 is a purl on an odd row and a knit stitch on an even row.

Jim

albert's picture

Also, if you are reading a

Also, if you are reading a chart for circular knitting, you will read it from right to left only.

JDM511's picture

I must be in good company if

I must be in good company if I am thinking like you albert.

Jim

gregory's picture

I am just a rank beginner,

I am just a rank beginner, so I can't help you with cables at all, but tell me about that hat there next to the story. I love the way it looks. It looks very soft and warm. What pattern is it? What yarn?

Sorry to high jack the thread like this!

--greg.

knit_knot_eat's picture

People ask me about that hat

People ask me about that hat all the time. I find it funny. It was the first thing I ever did (a few months ago) and it really wasn't a pattern. It was cheap, red heart yarn from wal-mart. It was just a black/white/gray yarn that I assume was self striping but since I was circular it just cam out that way. I also turned around once by mistake and it wound up turning the pattern the other way so it came out really cool.
If you wanted to do it, just get the red heart yarn (only one with those color combinations), knit all circular, size 8 (I don't even think I did any ribbing). I can't even tell you how many stitches I cast on. I want to say no less than 60, and no more than 72, but I have a small head.

MMario's picture

With most cables all the

With most cables all the "movement" is on the RS, and the wrongside is just knit the stitches as presented. Which makes converting to circular extremely simple.

RS rows remain the same, WS rows all become "knit the knits and purl the purls"

I understand that the RS

I understand that the RS would remain the same; and as you've said, the WS is usually purled. To make this clear to me, you said knit the knits and purl the purl, is that because in a cable diagram a WS purl, is a RS knit? and therefore, all one needs to do is to treat the pattern as if one is always on the RS? That seems pretty straightforward; but, I can sometimes get jumbled when things are too simple. :)
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BOCTAOE!

MMario's picture

okay - take a simple cable

okay - take a simple cable where odde rows are "right" side, even are "wrong" side.

You might have something like this:

1) k2, p2, k6, p2, k2
2) p2, k2, p6, k2, p2
3) k2, p2, k6, p2, k2
4) p2, k2, p6, k2, p2
5) k2, p2, k6, p2, k2
6) p2, k2, p6, k2, p2
7) k2, p2, right cross 3 over 3, p2 k2
8) p2, k2, p6, k2, p2

repeat rows 1-8 for pattern.

In the round this would become
1,2,3,4,5,6): k2, p2, k6, p2, k2
7) k2, p2, right cross 3 over 3, p2, k2
8) k2, p2, k6, p2, k2

Essentially, between the crossoever usually you have what would otherwise be ribbing. So yes, just treat it all as if it were RS rows.

knit_knot_eat's picture

my pattern is 8 rows, with

my pattern is 8 rows, with rows 1 and 5 having the cables. Rows 2,4,6 and 8 are the WS and are identical to rows 3 and 7, if you were to switch the knits and the purls. So to make this circular, leave 1 and 5 as in, and treat rows 2,3,4,6,7,8 all the same, and do them like 3 & 7 are defined now. Sounds simple to me.

MMario's picture

you gots it.

you gots it.