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3 stitches knit up the honeycomb stitch

 

3 stitches knit up the stunning honeycomb stitch
3 stitches knit up the stunning honeycomb stitch

 

This week on KNITmuch, we’re knitting a cushion cover using 4 skeins of Uptown Worsted. So far we’ve introduced the project materials, the swatches and gauge requirements, and in yesterday’s post we looked at the instructions for the back piece knitted in stockinette stitch. Today is all about the cables! Cabled stitches, even basic ones, are very decorative and eye catching and are arranged to knit the decorative honeycomb stitch.

Remember that for this cabled pattern, these are the 3 stitches you need to know:

  • C4L: Put 2 sts on cable needle and hold in front. K2. K2 from cable needle.
  • C4R: Put 2 sts on cable needle and hold in back. K2. K2 from cable needle.
  • the m1 decrease, or “make one.” You can find m1 instructions here.
3 stitches knit up the stunning honeycomb stitch
3 stitches knit up the stunning honeycomb stitch

 

With your US7 [4.5mm] needles (or the size you need for gauge requirements, in Tuesday’s post), work as follows for the cabled front piece of the cushion cover:

  • Cast on 82 sts.
  • Work 2 rows in stockinette stitch (Knit on RS, purl on WS).
  • Next row (RS): K1, *m1, k1, rep from * to last stitch, m1, k1. (You now have 124 sts)
  • Next row (WS): Purl all sts.
  • Next row (RS): K2, *C4R, C4L. Rep from * to 2 sts from end of row, k2.
  • Next row (WS): Purl all sts.
  • Next row (RS): Knit all sts.
  • Next row (WS): Purl all sts.
  • Next row (RS): K2, *C4L, C4R. Rep from * to 2 sts from end of row, k2.
  • Next row (WS): Purl all sts.
  • Next row (RS): Knit all sts.
  • Next row (WS): Purl all sts.
  • Repeat these last 8 rows until work measures 18″ from beginning, ending with a WS row.
  • Next row (RS): K2, *k2tog, k1. Rep from * to 2 sts from end of row, k2. (You now have 82 sts).
  • Next row (WS): Purl all sts.
  • Bind off all sts.
Cabled stitches, even basic ones, are very decorative and eye catching.
Cabled stitches, even basic ones, are very decorative and eye catching.

 

Don’t worry if this piece takes you longer to do than the stockinette piece that we knitted for the back. Cable stitches require more time (and yarn!) to create the same width of fabric than plain stockinette stitch does. But the result is too pretty to pass up!┬áCabled stitches, even basic ones, are very decorative and eye catching.

Join me tomorrow for finishing the cushion cover.

 

 

About Glenna C

Glenna took up knitting as stress relief while studying for her PhD in Toronto, then kept right on going. Her knitting and design philosophy is guided by a desire to constantly seek new challenges with interesting techniques and beautiful results, through cables, colour-work, and more. She loves reading, photography, yoga, film and television, and believes in knitting fearlessly and often.

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