Cables are one of my favourite things to knit. I still remember the day, as a fairly new knitter, that I discovered a photo tutorial for cabling without a cable needle, and I carried a dog-eared printout around in my knitting bag for months. Working cables from the wrong side of your work can be a little more interesting, since usually the main cable you’ll see in your work isn’t facing you. It’s always ok to peek at the right side as you work by tilting it towards you!
Now, my cabling-without-a-cable technique is a little different to Ysolda’s. I work the stitches as I move them, while Ysolda would rearrange all the stitches first before working them. It’s completely down to personal preference, so I’d recommend having a look at Ysolda’s Technique Thursday post on Cabling with a cable needle too. The cables used in this tutorial are the ones used in Hiraeth, the lovely squishy scarf from Knitworthy 2.
This is what I’m starting with, the right side shown on the left and the wrong side which will be facing me when working on the right.
This post covers all the techniques used for the Broughton mittens up to the tip: adding scrap yarn to hold stitches for the thumb and flip-top openings, and working the centred double decreases at the top.
Take a look at the finished Glenmore's from our Preview Knitters. Preview knitting allows you to see the sweater on a wider range of bodies than the modelled shots and see what the knitters said about their sweaters.