Cable Channel – Part 1

Welcome to the Progressive Needles Knit Along sponsored by Skacel Collection.  I can’t thank the folks at Skacel enough for their dedication to knitting education that makes this series possible!

Cable Channel is a textured pillow that will add a pop of color and charm to any decor.  Before we begin, here is an overview of the KAL:

  • A portion of the 4-part mystery pattern is revealed here on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursdays in April at 9am Eastern time.  The weekly pattern, video resources and lots of helpful tips are included in each post.  An abbreviated, pattern-only version is included to download.
  • All techniques are supported with video instruction at knitpurlhunter.com
  • All questions and comments are monitored daily both here and in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.  It’s like having  your own private knitting tutor!
  • Projects completed by May 31st are eligible for the monthly prize drawing – first prize is a set of addi Clicks!  See skacelknitting.com for all the info.
  • VERY IMPORTANT:  Cable Channel is a FREE pattern through May 31st.  After this date, it will only be available for purchase on Ravelry.  Be sure to download each portion of the pattern prior to this date.  Saving it to your Ravelry page will NOT save the pattern.  The helpful tips and videos for each section will remain on my website indefinitely.

 

Pillow Talk

I will admit to being a bit of a pillow fanatic.  My philosophy is that a sofa is just a vessel to hold pillows!  I regularly rotate pillows on beds and sofas to keep the decor fresh and interesting.  I decided it was high time that I brought you on board with this delightful obsession.

Cable Channel is designed for easy seaming.  It is knit in one long piece that is folded and overlapped to be buttoned on the back.  The schematic below shows the approximate measurements of the pillow top after blocking and the order of the knitting.  Today’s clue begins with Section A where the buttons will be added later in the finishing process.

Button Band

Section A is comprised of a lovely twisted rib design.  Not only is this pattern good looking, the ribs will hug the pillow form for a snug fit.

I chose to cast on with the Crochet Cast On method because it leaves a nice clean edge and no long tail calculation is required.  Any cast on technique will work, but I recommend giving it a try.  It’s my go-to cast on for large numbers of stitches where a firm cast on is not needed.  Watch my Crochet Cast On video for a quick tutorial.

The instructions are given in both written and charted formats to suit your preference.  Note that the chart is color coded for easy reading.  If you are unable to print in color, use highlighters or colored pencils to aid you.  The pattern’s 13-stitch repeat is found between the bold lines in the chart.  No matter how you choose to read the instructions, I’m betting that the design will be easily memorized and be a quick knit.

The Twisted Rib uses both left and right twists to achieve its braided appearance.  I have once again chosen to use the Left Twist- Mirror Image since it most closely mimics the Right Twist.  Check out the linked videos to refresh you on these cable-like cousins.

The Twisted Rib is worked until the piece measures 8″ from cast on edge.  At first the fabric will seem way too wide, but it will pull in nicely after a few inches when the rib starts to pull in horizontally.  Do not bind off as the pillow will continue over these same 101 stitches.

I recommend laying the width of the piece over your pillow form to evaluate the fit.  Pillows vary in level of filling so it is best to check your knitting with your exact form.  The rib stretches and pulls so it is very forgiving to fit but a little awkward to measure.  My button band measured approximately 11 1/2″ wide unstretched prior to blocking, but anything close to that will work.

At the completion of this section, be sure to place a lifeline through your stitches.  This lifeline will be used in the finishing process and will safeguard your hard work.

A Little Secret

I have listed my yarn usage as a reference for your knitting.  At the completion of the pillow, I had 25g (half of a skein) remaining.  However, following today’s big trend, I chose to add tassels to the corners of the pillow and I adore the look!  The tassels used 5 grams each.  I let you in on this little secret in case you want to keep a close eye on your yardage.  I will reveal all of the tassel details in Part 4.

Until Next Week

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Enjoy the pattern and see you next week!

Happy knitting,

Michelle

Part One

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  • Kenzie by HiKoo, 50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils, 50g/160 yards each, 4 skeins
  • Waste yarn – contrasting color in a similar weight to Kenzie, 2 yards
  • US #6 (4mm) 24” circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Optional – crochet hook Size F or G for cast on
  • 14” pillow form
  • 7/8” (22mm) buttons, 4
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle

14″ square

23 sts and 30 rows = 4” in stockinette

LT (Left Twist) – slip as if to knit, slip as if to knit, return both slipped stitches to left needle.  Knit second stitch through the back loop, then knit both stitches together through the back loop.  See Left Twist – Mirror Image Video

RT (Right twist) – knit two stitches together and without taking stitches off left hand needle, reknit the first stitch and remove both stitches from left hand needle.  See Right Twist Video

 

Section A – Button Band

Cast on 101 sts.  (I used Crochet Cast On, but any method is acceptable.) .

See Crochet Cast On Video

 

Twisted Rib – mult. of 13 + 10, 2 rows (See Chart A below)

Row 1. (RS) K7, *p2, RT, p1, LT, p2, k4; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Row 2. (WS) P3, *p4, k2, p2, k1, p2, k2; repeat from * to last 7 sts, p7.

Repeat the above two rows until piece measures 8” ending after Row 2.  Place lifeline through last row to aid in later finishing.  (My 1st skein weighed 6g at this point)

 

Chart A

Twisted Rib – mult. of 13 + 10

32 thoughts on “Cable Channel – Part 1

  1. I have done my gauge and got 4” and 11 stitches per 2 inches on size 3 needles. The pillow is measuring almost 15”. Should I continue with my size 3 needles? Using size 3 needles seems like a huge jump down in the needle size. I have knit with Kenzie many times and never had such an issue getting gauge. I’m not a loose knitter and tend to get gauge that’s recommended. This will be a fabulous project if I ever get my gauge figured out. You are a fabulous teacher so any suggestion will be gratefully appreciated.

  2. Thanks so much for knitting along from across the pond! If it is larger then you can always try a larger pillow form. Keep me posted on your progress:)

  3. Kenzie isn’t sold in England so my LYS recommended Rowan Summerlite DK as an alternative. It has a good twist to the yarn to show stitch definition and a very close match for gauge.
    1 1/2″ knitted and it is still about 15″ wide. Fingers crossed that it will pull in further or it’ll be ripped out and restarted. Maybe cotton wasn’t such a good choice??

  4. Michelle,
    I am loving this project, thank you so much!
    Just a comment..I find if I start knitting without thinking I will automatically do a k2tog at the start of the first RT! And again when I start the LT I sometimes do a SSK! I have to be careful. Had to fix a couple of those “mistakes”! Just sharing! Thanks again for the KAL!
    Sharon

  5. No worries! Again, this is a natural phenomenon that occurs when transitioning from a knit stitch to a purl stitch. Oddly it doesn’t happen when transitioning from a purl to a knit. To minimize the loose stitch, try watching my Loos Knit Column video.

  6. Do you mean a wide stitch at the edges of the piece? This is a natural phenomenon in knitting and no need to worry since these stitches will be hidden in the seam.

  7. Any pointers how to prevent the wide site forming in the last stitch of the 7 in a row stockinette?? I’ve seen the same issue when learning to use double pointed needles…

  8. You will need to knit about 1 1/2″ inches of the rib before it starts to pull in. Other loose knitters on #4s have reported that the rib pulled in nicely after a few inches. I think you will be fine. Thanks for knitting along!

  9. I had to go down to a size 4 knitting needles to get gauge. I am a Continental knitter and I usually have to go down one or two needle sizes. But I measured after completing six rows and my piece is 18 inches wide. I read that the piece will tighten up somewhat as more rows are completed, but this seems too wide. I’m debating whether I should go down to a size three needle. Thoughts? Thank you!

  10. Be sure to tell them to do the mirrored LT because I did just the LT until I realized it was wrong.

  11. I am enjoying this project. The twisted stitches is a new technique for me. I do have the pattern memorized. I don’t know what a lifeline is.

  12. Simplicity is available in over 50 colors and doesn’t have angora. So many shades would look great with the buttons. Please let me know if you need a recommendation for a shop.

  13. I loved learning the Twists sts & the new Cast On.
    Yes you were right before you know it you do all the knitting without looking at the instructions.

  14. Is there a yarn substitution (without angora) which would still pair well with some of the buttons in the kits?

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