In Friday’s post I wrote about cable decreases in Lois’ sweater. The pattern is from the Tahki Yarns Torino & Torino Bulky Pattern Leaflet, #5 Cable Front Cardigan. (The booklet is available at Westport Yarns.)
A reader named Elaine, posted the following comment: “Um, color me stupid, but I’ve been knitting for (oy!) 50 years and have never heard of a cabled decrease. I’ve tried googling for online tutorials, but have had no luck. Is this something in everyone else’s bag of tricks, and I never got the postcard” (By the way Elaine, thanks for commenting, I bet there were others thinking the same exact thing!)
Elaine, I’m with you. I’d never heard of a cabled decrease either. I just took a leap of faith and followed the directions from a technical standpoint.
This was how the cable decrease was explained:
Beg of row: k2, sl next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to back, k2tog (1 st from left-hand needle and 1 st from cable needle), k1 from cable needle.
End of row: work to last 5 sts, sl 1 st to cable needle and hold to front, k1, k2tog (1 st from cable needle and 1 st from left-hand needle), k2.
The end result is very cool.