Repairing Cable Crosses

I don’t think there is anything as frustrating as finishing a cable-loaded sweater only to find a mis-crossing right in the front. Or anywhere, for that matter. I can tell you that it happened to me on more than one occasion and, rather than ripping it all out and starting again, this is the method I developed to fix those occasional errors.

To begin with, lightly steam or block the garment piece before you start raveling stitches. This will help stabilize the stitches so they are less likely to run. If you are working with a really slippery yarn, you might even want to insert the toothpicks/wooden needles before you slip the yarn to begin the process. Remember, stitches usually only run down so the stitches above the cut yarn – altho they can individually unknit – are not going to run as such.

Grafting is a wonderful skill to have in your knitter’s bag of tricks. I use it for some finishing and also for altering garments. Although it sounds scary, you can remove an entire row of stitches to add extra rows by picking up the lower edge or to shorten pieces by ripping back extra rows. Always try to steam/block before cutting anything and always work slowly – it is the fastest way to get things done!

I did not show specifics for grafting stitches in this video because there are endless illustrations available on the internet and in good hand knitting books. The Silver Guide to Knitting Techniques diagrams the method quite clearly and if you do not have a copy of that little book, it is worth searching around til you find one. It is a gem.

We have actually had a couple of days in a row without rain lately and the garden beckons me; Arlo wants to play endless games of catch (not fetch – he actually “throws” the ball back down the sloped driveway for me to throw it again and again and again); and I am neck deep in editing the Open Spaces video class. I gotta say – I love what I am seeing and think it will be a fabulous class when I finish. I think it will be an early fall release, but I will certainly keep you all up to date. In the meantime – happy summer!!

4 thoughts on “Repairing Cable Crosses”

  1. Great stuff. Is there a similar method to fix a missed crossing? Seems like you would have to take out a row across both “legs” and then reattach to opposite legs?

    1. Exactly right! Clip and put the top!bottom stitches on two toothpicks and cross them as they should have been

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