Well, that’s a mouthful of a blogpost title, eh?? But it’s true! I discuss this problem and my fix for it on Episode 30 of the knittingthestash Podcast, but I wanted to document it here for anyone who finds themselves with a mis-crossed cable of their own!
First, don’t despair! You may not need to rip out all of the seams or even all of your cable work. I have a hack that may just fix your sweater and save you a lot of tears . . .
As many of you know, I just finished up a Denali sweater for Spencer–it’s a complex, all-over cable sweater that’s knit flat and seamed at the end. I loved the process and checked my cables often . . . but I missed a big error! Right on the front panel! Ahhhhh! Can you see it below? HINT: Look right below Spencer’s left shoulder (where his heart is)
Instead of unseaming and ripping out an entire panel, I decided to go for a patch! Yep, I was feeling very much like a hacker and . . . well, it worked! The specs are below for anyone interested!
So, here is the basic principle I used for repairing a mis-crossed cable: I needed a piece of fabric that would look like one of the cables. This was my recipe:
- I cast on the same # of stitches as the cables on the sweater (in this case, 5)
- I knit the number of rows before the typical cross (as listed in the pattern) adding 1-2 extra rows so that I would have enough fabric to tuck in the ends of the patch
- At the cross point, I decreased by 2 stitches to give it that “pinched in” look of the other cables and then immediately increases by 2 stitches to allow the cable to lay flat again
- I then knit the number of rows after the typical cross (as listed in the pattern) adding 1-2 extra rows so that I would have enough fabric to tuck in the ends of the patch
- I tucked in the ends of the cable patch and tacked them down carefully, so as to not pucker the fabric any more; then I lightly tacked down the rest of the patch so that it would lay flat and look integrated.
I hope this hack saves someone else from a moment of panic!