Or at least I would like to think I am. I have begun to knit a cute jacket from a free pattern from Knitting Daily downloaded directly to my nook color. It is knit from the bottom up, I knitted along, following the pattern closely, and soon got the repeat down where I had no need to consult the pattern again until i get to the 13 inches required. After about 5 inches I held my work out in front of me, and there is was, my cable was pointing the wrong direction in three places, none of them on the cable row I had just completed.
First let me start out by explaining how cables are produced, by slipping the first stitches as required by the pattern onto a cable needle and holding them in the back produces a right angle turn, holding them in the front causes the work to turn to the left. Combine holding your stitches in the front, Cable Front (CF) and back, cable Back (CB) you can create any number of twists and turns, some looking more tedious than others, but all created by simply moving the order of stitches on one row in the row repeat.
The cable stitch that I am working on is CB2, K2, Knit 2 off of cable needle, CF2, K2, knit 2 off the cable needle. This creates the cable pictured to the right. Each turn takes four stitches, so the first step is to identify the stitches that make up the wrong turn.
Then here is the toughest part, drop the 4 stitches off the needle. I can hear the collective knitting community gasp, as we all do everytime one of those pesky loops fall off even though we realize that the stitch will very rarely run away from you. Then you must pull out the rows down to the mistake.
You now have what looks to be massive damage to the fabric, but worry not, we will fix it. You will have latters down the back and four live stitches. Slip the four stitches onto the left needle. You are now ready to fix this mess you have made.
The first step will be to repair the cable twist, taking the first latter at the bottom of the section, hold the yarn in your left hand, place first 2 stitches on a cable needle, knit the next two, then knit the held stitches off the cable needle. Now you slip the stitches back onto the left needle for the next row.
Continue to the top, following the pattern repeat as you make your way up the fabric. And there you have it, I may not be the Master of Cables, but I can fix them so you will never know I’m not.