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Neat and Tidy Cables

Ever look at your cables and then look at those in the magazines and books and wonder how the designer got such a tidy looking cable?   Well, the answer lies in a couple of techniques that keep the stitches in the cable and right next to the cable all the same size.

First, just like ribbing, when changing from a knit to a purl, or visa versa, bring the yarn straight back or forward and give a little tug to get rid of the slack in the yarn.

Second, keep the stitches in the cable from stretching out by working at the tips of the needles through the cable section on a row where the stitches are crossed.  You’ll be amazed at how neat and tidy those cables will look.

Third, manipulate the stitches if necessary to get rid of looseness.  Loose stitches usually occur on the left side of the cable if the cable is a left or front cross and on the right side if the cable is a right or back cross.

That’s about it, just practice and those fun cables will look even better.

This pattern can be found by clicking on the ravelry pattern link, or just go to ravlery, click patterns, and then type in Margie Mitchell.

Jogless Join

The jogless join as seen on the inner foot/ankle of the sock allows you to be able to knit without the seams in an in the round way.  To accomplish this, I will use the example of two circular needles for the sock.  Work to within one stitch of the end of needle #1, slip the stitch knitwise, pick up the right leg of the stitch below the first stitch on the 2nd needle (next to the stitch just slipped) and put it on the needle with the slipped stitch; knit into the back of both the slipped stitch and the the stitch just picked up.

*Now, turn, and work back (on the wrong side) on needle #1 and needle #2.  Once all the stitches on needle #2 are worked, turn, and work back (right side) on the stitches on needles #2 and #1, except for the last stitch on needle #1.  As before, slip the last stitch on needle #1 (knitwise) and pick up the right leg of the stitch next to this stitch on needle #2, put this picked up stitch on the needle with the slipped stitch and knit into the back of both loops (this is like knitting into the back of both stitches for ssk).  Turn; repeat from *.

The whole sock may be knit this way, or just in the intarsia portion.  Make sure to knit the intarsia portions firmly as knitting back and forth usually produces a looser tension then knitting in the round.

The jogless or South American Join may also be used for lining up stripes knit in the round.  Keep working in the round, but after one row in the new color, pick up the stitch below the stitch on the needle (like a lifted increase) on the first stitch of the second round of the new color.  Your stripes will be even without a jog.  For the pattern, check out  http://www.ravelry.com/designers/margie-mitchell

jogless join on inner ankle/foot