The Aspen Baguette is the perfect way to practice making cables. The project is small enough and yet provides you with a finished product that you can take anywhere with you.
Loom: Regular gauge knitting loom with 36 pegs.
Yarn: 120 yards of bulky weight wool. GGH Aspen was used in sample.
Notions: Tapestry needle, knitting tool, 4 stitch markers (2 of different color)
Other: D shape purse handles. Liner to line the bag (instructions to line the bag are not provided).
Size: 9.5 inches x 5.5 inches
Gauge: 13sts and 10 rows=4 inches in stockinette stitch
Skills knowledge: knit stitch, purl stitch, chain cast on, cast on at the beginning of a row, bind off at the beginning of a row.
St st=Stockinitte stitch (knit every row)
Yo=yarn over (ewrap the peg)
C3F=Cable 6 stitches to the left (see special instructions)
• Knitted as a flat panel going around the loom in a clockwise direction (from right to left).
• The Knit Stitch refers to the knit stitch that is done like an upside down purl, however, you can knit the flat stitch instead.
• Follow either the Chart or the Written Chart Instructions, be sure to familiarize yourself with the Special Technique (see below), and the abbreviations.
Special Techniques (see Special Techniques page for visual):
YO: E-wrap the peg
C3F: Cable 6 stitches. Trade places over the 6 stitches—the 3 stitches on the right will be traded first then the 3 stitches on the left. To create the wide cables without stretching the yarn too much, I have devised a special method that implements elongated stitches (created with yarn overs). Before crossing the cables, we are going to knit them and create the elongated stitches to have enough slack in the stitches to cross them over (steps 1-5).
Steps 1 and 2 are the knitting and the elongating of the stitches.
[Stitches 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (stitches on pegs 16-21)]
Step 1: k1, YO, [k1, YO2] 4 times, k1, YO,
Step 2: Drop all the YOs to elongate the 6 stitches.
Steps 3-5 are the actual crossing of the cables.
Step 3: Take stitches 1, 2, 3, off the pegs and hold them on a cable needle and let them sit towards the center of the loom
Step 4: Take stitch 4 and place it on the peg emptied by 1. Take stitch 5 and place it on the peg emptied by 2. Take stitch 6 and place it on peg emptied by 3.
Step 5: Place stitches from cable needle on the emptied pegs. Place them in this order: Stitch 1 on peg emptied by 4. Stitch 2 on peg emptied by 5. Stitch 3 on peg emptied by 6.
Written Chart instructions
Row 1-2: p3, k1, p1, k1, p7, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p7, k1, p1, k1, p3
Row 3-4: p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3
Row 5: p3, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p3
Row 6: p3, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, C3F, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p2, k1, p1, k1, p3
Row 7-8: p3, [k1, p1] 6 times, k6, [p1, k1] 6 times, p3
Row 9-10: p3, [k1, p1] 2 times, [p1, k1] 2 times, p2, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p2, [k1, p1] 2 times [p1, k1] 2 times, p3
Row 11: p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p1, k6, p1, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3
Row 12: p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p1, C3F, p1, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3
Cast on 30 stitches with chain cast on method, place stitch marker at first peg, and a matching color stitch marker at peg 30. (Remember to have your loom ready to knit, start casting on at peg 30 and work to peg 1). Working yarn needs to be at peg 1 for Row 1.
Row 1-12: Knit
Row 13: You should be by peg 1. E-wrap the next 3 empty pegs.
Row 14: Knit (33 sts)
Row 15: Yarn is by peg 30. E-wrap the next 3 empty pegs.
Row 16: Knit (36 sts)
First 3 sts and last 3 sts are selvedge sts: always purl them. The middle 30 sts are the chart sts (from stitch marker to stitch marker): 36 sts total on loom.
Place the other set of stitch markers on peg 16 and peg 21, the cable is located on these 6 stitches.
Knit Chart Rows 1-12: 2 times
Knit Chart Row 1: 6 times
Knit Chart Rows 1-12: 2 times
Knit Chart Row 1: 2 times
Next row: Bind off 3 sts, then knit to end. (33 sts)
Next row: Bind off 3 sts, then knit to the end. (30 sts)
Knit 12 rows in st st.
Bind off loosely.
Adjust Cable Stitches: Due to the Yarn Overs (YO) created when crossing the cable stitches, the stitches may be too elongated. Adjust the stitches as follows: use a crochet hook, pull the slack off the cable stitches. Pass the excess yarn towards the reverse side of the bag, weave it in to secure—if necessary, tie a small knot—do not worry about the knots, they will be covered with the liner.
Block the panel.
Locate the cast on edge and fold the stockinette portion of the bag over the handle and sew handle in place. Repeat with the opposite end.
Fold work in half (so that handles meet) and join side seams by mattress stitching. Weave ends in.
Special Technique Section
The cable on this bag takes place on pegs 16-21. Peg 16 will be considered peg 1 on this diagram, Peg 17 will be considered peg 2 on this diagram, and so on.