Troubleshooting Cables

Here is where I show you all the things that can go wrong on this leg warmer. I hope you run into some of them, because messing up is a great way to learn.

It helps you clarify what you know and don’t know, and I’m going to show you some really great tricks for fixing mistakes, that don’t involve taking out rows and rows of work – that should help you on future projects, too.

If you don’t have any questions, or once you’ve gotten your questions answered by watching the videos below, continue to work the pattern according to the chart until you reach Row 25.

Then meet me at Row 25 – C4L.

Messed Up or Forgot to Do Cable a Few Rows Down

Not to worry. You don’t have to rip out your work. This is pretty much the pinnacle of advanced techniques in this course, and I think it will really give you a leg up going forward.

It is almost more difficult to rip out a whole row of cabling and get the stitches back on the needles in the right order and facing the right way as it is to go down and fix the individual problem.

So, here’s how to do it.



Mistakes When Cabling Without a Cable Needle

If you haven’t been using a cable needle, you might be more apt to get confused.

One sign that you’ve done a step incorrectly is if you see a purl stitch crossing on top of a knit stitch. This should never happen in cabling, and is a red flag that something is wrong.

In this video, I cover the different mistakes you can run into when you cable without a cable needle.


Once we cover all the types of cables and start on the second leg warmer, I’ll give you a little cheat-sheet.


A Stitch That Looks Out Of Place

If you have wrongly recognized a knit or a purl stitch, especially on the WS of the work, you may end up with a stitch that looks out of place, especially on the front.

Here I show you what that looks like, and how to fix it without ripping out the whole row.



Forgot To Do Buttonhole

This happens to me a lot. Probably once or twice for each leg warmer – I don’t know why. I seem to get in the groove, get into a conversation, and blow right by the little black squares.

To help prevent this from happening to you, I’ve put a little black square around the row numbers that contain buttonholes.

But just in case you forget, or just in case you want to try your hand at another advanced technique, here’s how to go down and fix a forgotten buttonhole without ripping out your work.



Forgot What Row You’re On

This one is a relatively easy fix. All you need to do is retrace your steps by looking at the RS of your knitting and counting the knit and purl stitches, starting at the right-hand side.

Then, compare what you’ve done to the chart, and you’ll see where you are. Here’s what that looks like:



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