My knitting adventure has mostly been confined to simple knits and purls, with the occasional attempts at doing simple lace stitches (which failed to impress me actually!). Then, out of the blue, I had the audacity to force myself to do what I’ve always wanted but feared to do – learning to knit cable stitch.
Cable stitch is an exquisite pattern which looks like braids or criss-crossing layers. The texture is so interesting and lovely that it’s hard to resist.
Learning to Knit Cable Stitch
The process was not easy, I tell you. I couldn’t be bothered with reading instructions – I’ve had too many job-related readings these past few weeks. It’s been so head-cramming that I couldn’t even stomach reading my favourite novels. So, I turned to You Tube.
The first video resulted in funny-looking cables. I tried out the tutorial 3 times before I concluded that something was missing in the instruction. Then, I watched a few more videos and became better at judging instructional cable knit stitch tutorials. In the end, I felt happy learning from 2 videos. Today I share with you one of the video ya, the second one is still a work in progress.
The video above helped me to successfully knit cables. But the way she did her knits was quite unusual for me. It made me check out other tutorials on basic knitting just to make sure that my way is not wrong. Phew, turned out she’s creative and my style is not wrong.
What I like about Sheruknitting’s video is that the steps are clear and easy to follow. From that tutorial, I made a swatch and from that swatch I made some calculations and adjustments and knitted this little square:
Then I stitched the sides together to fit onto my favourite recycled water bottle. It fits perfectly!
And unashamedly, I took it with me to my preferred local Starbucks for all to see. Finished or unfinished, I think this little one deserves a day in basking public.
Actually, it’s not finished yet, I still need to do the bottom part or else the poor bottle could easily slide off. I would probably crochet the bottom part because knitting small circular motifs is very hard.
For this knitted bottle sleeve/cover, I used my red milk cotton yarn stash which I bought many years ago from Yarns Wonderland at FB. It was really a joy to knit with. The last item I made with it was a crocheted zigzag lapghan.
Next, I will be knitting smaller, multiple cables…but I’ll write about it when it’s done. 😀