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Tutorial 2: Setting Up Cables

by Julia Kroyan

A number of users have been raising questions about the best way of setting up cables in JKnit. The main concern here is that setting up an event for each row in a cable pattern would be somewhat tedious and time consuming. Indeed, there is an easier way to setup cables in JKnit by taking advantage of pattern repeats which I will cover in this tutorial.

This tutorial uses the following conventions:

  • JKnit project configuration settings are shown in blocks with a light blue background.
  • This tutorial describes project input on a mobile device (setup on the web portal is very similar).
  • For the purpose of this tutorial, I made up a cable swatch to illustrate that you can input a 24 row cable pattern using just 4 repeating events.

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    I always make an event for the first row of a pattern. This one will be as follows:

    Event Type: Alert

    Start: Row 1

    Note: p2, k4, p2, k6, p2, k4, p2

    Occurrence Settings:

    Every Which Row? 1 (this is the default)

    How Many Times? 1 (this is the default)

    This event occurs only in this row, so we don't have to edit the event occurrence.

    Note that the even rows are the wrong-side rows and we knit or purl them as they appear on the needle. Therefore, we don't really have to create an event for any of them. But if you still would like to have one, just make it start at row 2 and repeat indefinitely every 2nd row.

    Regarding the odd rows, at first you may think of creating an event for every row (1, 3, 5, … , 23) and make each repeat indefinitely every 24th row. However, this would require a lot of typing. It is much better to break up the pattern into sections of cables and create events according to these sections. This will save time to input the pattern and the directions will be easier to understand while knitting. Remember, JKnit is not limited to one event per row (you can have as many as you need).

    The swatch consists of two identical cables on the left and right and a braid in the middle, each surrounded by 2 purl stitches. Let's create an event for the left and right cables. It is only necessary to do this for the rows in which C4F occurs, which happens in the 3rd row, and in every 6th row thereafter.

    Event Type: Alert

    Start: Row 3

    Note: left/right cables C4F

    Occurrence Settings:

    Every Which Row? 6

    How Many Times? check the “Unlimited” box

    The middle cable (braid) consists of a series of alternating C4F and C4B, so we create two events. The event for C4F starts in the 3rd row and occurs in every 8th row thereafter:

    Event Type: Alert

    Start: Row 3

    Notes: braid C4F, k2

    Occurrence Settings:

    Every Which Row? 8

    How Many Times? check the “Unlimited” box

    The C4B event starts in the 7th row and occurs in every 8th row:

    Event Type: Alert

    Start: Row 7

    Notes: braid k2, C4B

    Occurrence Settings:

    Every Which Row? 8

    How Many Times? check the “Unlimited” box

    That's it - we are done with the cable pattern. We reduced a 24-row pattern into 4 events! And, in this format, it is easier to understand what needs to be done while knitting. Similar techniques may be beneficial also for many other patterns.

    Sometimes you may want to setup a cable as a block in JKnit, especially if you want to reuse it in different pieces of a project. I will show how to setup and insert a block in the next tutorial.