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Taste Test – Introduction to Cables $45

Instructor: Stephanie Hill

The class will introduce students to cables, typical tools, vocabulary, as well as a few tips and tricks. You’ll learn all you need to know about cables to immediately cast on for the scarf or hat after class. Students will also be introduced to charts if time allows.


Skills Required to take Class

Experience following simple patterns is recommended but not required.
Successful completion of a few projects is advised but not required. You should be able to consistently cast on, knit, purl and bind off without supervision. Students must be able to:

  • Identify knit and purl stitches
  • maintain an even stitch gauge
  • count stitches
  • capably cast on, knit, purl, and bind off without supervision

If you aren’t sure if this is the class for you, ask the shop staff or the instructor for guidance before you register.

Learned in Class

  • What the heck are cables?!
  • Cable terms and vocabulary, deciphering abbreviations
  • Using different types of cable needles
  • Reading patterns for cables
  • How cables affect the finished fabric
  • As time allows extra topics will be:
    • Reading charted patterns for cables
    • using written instructions to create a chart
    • using a chart to create written instructions
    • combining cables (compound cables)

Pattern (included in the class)

Pattern 3093 from Plymouth Yarn Co. is included in the class. ($5.00 value)

Please indicate your preference for receiving a copy of the pattern at registration. There are 2 ways to get your pattern. Ravely or Leaflet. PICK ONLY ONE

  • Ravelry: Receive your copy as a Ravely pattern
    • includes an electronic PDF copy of the pattern (link emailed to you and available to you forever in your Ravelry library)
    • Paper pattern printed on plain paper for class
  • Leaflet: Receive your copy as a commercially printed pattern leaflet
    • Printed on durable cardstock.
    • Must indicate this option at least 1 week in advance to guarantee stock availability.

Materials –

As always, you can use any yarn, needles, or tools you want in class.

  • Yarn — Use stash yarn or get 10% off yarn purchased for class*
    • Worsted weight with good stitch definition and minimal variegation
      • Pre-class homework: 25g-50g (also used for technique sampling in class).
      • Scarf: 300g
      • Hat: 100g (optional)
  • Needles
    • for pre-class homework: US8 (straight or circulars)
    • for scarf class project: US8 circular 24″ length (or straights at least 10″ if preferred)
    • for Hat class project: US6 and US8 circulars 16′ length as well as, US8 DNP
  • Stitch Markers: locking stitch markers preferred (removable stitch markers)
  • Cable Needles or spare DPNs. Cable needles should not be bigger than the size of your knitting needles
  • Other notions and tools (optional)
    • Pencil and eraser
    • Optional but highly recommended – 4 colors of colored pencils or pale markers or highlighters
    • Graph paper – loose-leaf or notebook
    • Highlighter Tape

Pre-Class Homework

Use worsted weight yarn with good stitch definition and minimal variegation.
Use US8 needles (go up or down in size if you already know that you are a very tight or very loose knitter, otherwise, stick with US8

CO 36 sts
Row 1 (WS): K4, PM, (P4, K2) 4 times, P4, PM, K4. (markers will designate 4 sts of garter on borders)
Row 2 (RS): K8, P2, (K4, P2) 3 times, K8.
Row 3 (WS): K4, (P4, K2) 4 times, P4, K4.
Come to class ready to work a RS row.

CO = Cast On
K = Knit
P = Purl
PM = Place marker
WS = Wrong Side
RS = Right Side