Cross-Cable for Aidez by Cirilia Rose
This cable features some drop stitches! Here at Sage, we have used drop stitches to make fancy-looking scarves with a variety of yarns, while not doing anything particularly fancy. To make a drop stitch you wrap your yarn around the needle a few extra times while knitting and on the following row, drop those wraps off. This produces a stitch that is extra tall compared to your other stitches. You could get the same effect by knitting just those stitches with a MUCH larger knitting needle but that’s even more of a pain in the butt than wrapping and dropping.
So, let’s walk through this cross cable that features drop stitches! This example is the LEFT CROSS-STITCH CABLE. If you’re nervous about executing this correctly, knit a swatch like I did!
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Row 1: P1, k4, p2.
Row 2: K2, p4 wrapping the yarn twice around the needle for each purl stitch, k2.
Literally, put your needle into your stitch to purl and wrap your yarn around the needle twice!
Row 3: P2, sl4wyb dropping the extra wraps; return these 4 stitches to the LH needle, pass the last 2 sts slipped over the first 2 and k them in this crossed position.
Purl two stitches, then just make sure your yarn is in the back of your work as you slip the next 4 stitches over to the RH needle. Do this one at a time, purlwise, and drop the extra loops off the needle. This will make these stitches extra loose and loopy.
Now we have to do the “cross” part. Use your left hand needle to pick up the first two loose slipped stitches on the RH needle and lift them up and over the second two. This will feel as if you are binding them off – they go up and over the next two stitches – but you have to hang onto them on the LH needle. Then slip the two stitches still on the RH needle over to the left to join them, and knit all 4 stitches.
Confession time: Looking back at the photos of my previous Aidez, I didn’t do this stitch correctly! Whoa…. It took me years to realize that mistake!
Row 4: K2, p4, k2.
There’s your crossed cable! Don’t worry if it feels a little awkward at first. We’re going to do this over and over again over the course of the project and you’ll get plenty of practice.