Originally Posted by victoriarose
ArtLady, you are truely an inspiration to this new knitter. I love working cables. Of the two scarves, I must say the grey is my favorite. I love the way the colors blend together and it looks soooooo soft. I do have a "newbie-to-knitting" question though and I hope I don't sound ignorant, but why does one use stitch markers when knitting cables? Also, where did you find your markers? They are very pretty. I will enjoy watching your progress on these two projects and am now on my way to try locating the Elsebeth Lavold book you are using. My "knitting library" consists of 2 books...The Knitters Bible and A to Z of Knitting (to help get me started). Again, thank you very much for sharing!
I have been on vacation for the past 10 days...I hope you did not think I was ignoring your very sweet compliments! You made my day!
The stitch markers can be found in LYS. I bought these markers at my LYS...but since that time about 4 years ago...I learned how to make my own! The Swarovski crystal bead stitch markers are quite spendy from the LYS...but...if you get your "findings" at a bead shop, you can make them for considerably less.
The stitch markers help me keep track of the "repeats". This avoids going over by a stitch...or stopping short a stitch. Using stitch mearkers really helps me "learn the pattern". On the "tans" braided cabled scarf I don't even have to ready my pattern anymore.
The grey scarf is more complex, and I do keep my "chart" handy with a post-it note under each "row line" as I work myself up the 16 row repeat.
The cable pattern I am using for the "grey" is in her very very first Viking Knits Book. I think I posted a photo of it. But, many cable design books have this type of knot pattern in them. Really, just find one you like and isolate the repeat of the cable knot...and work some additional things around it...like some seed stitch, maybe a simple aran twist cable, etc....til the scarf is the appropriate width. Since I was using a DK weight yarn, I had to make my scarves at least 40-50 stitches wide for 6" wide scarf. With a worsted weight yarn 40-50 stitches would be way too wide.
Stitch markers are a necessity for me. Otherwise I make too many little mistakes, and I am frogging and tinking til I am purple
I have quite a bit done on both scarves and will post photos tomorrow. Can't take the photos til daylight. Better than flash photos taken at night!