Colette Capelet Knit Along Day 2

 

Welcome back to the Colette Capelet Knit Along. Today is the second and final day of creating our caplet. We'll also be learning and working our faux cables, shaping the neckline, and before you know it, Colette will be ready to wear!

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Now that we have 8" on the needles, we can move on to working the yoke.

Knitting the Yoke
This is where we are going to get ready to do the set-up for our faux cables. So, let's work those purl rows to underscore the transition from the traditional ribbing to our new stitch motif.

Knitting Doctor TipWhen transitioning from one stitch pattern to another I like to "frame" or offset each pattern. I'll do this with a purl row or two. Doing this allows your stitch patterns to pop and stand on their on instead of just flowing from one to another (that can be effective, but often not).

Next we are going to work Rounds 3 - 6 and yep, we're ribbing again.

Here's what mine looks like. How about yours?

Here's what mine looks like. How about yours?

Now we've built the cable foundation, ribbed a couple of rows, it's time for a little trick with a "knit 2 together and a knit".

Let's talk about the Faux Cable 
You are about to learn a stitch pattern that gives you maximum impact for minimal effort.  I love those kind of stitches and I'm betting you do, too!  I especially love this little faux cable and here's why:

  •   No cable needle required  - ideal for travel projects
  •   Stitch pattern is reversible - presents as cable on the right side,  rib on the wrong side
  •   Good choice for adding texture
  •   Uniform stitches
  •   No think TV knitting
  •   Quick, easy to learn and remember
  •   Transforms a simple project into an elegant classic
  •   Works well with self-striping yarns, hand paints, tweeds, and solids

How To Make a Faux Cable 

You'll see the abbreviation for this stitch is shown in patterns as K2togk which stands for knit 2 together knit. It's just that simple. Let's go through the process together.

1.  Knit 2 together and do not remove from left hand needle.  The loop you have drawn out does stay on the right hand needle.

2.  Insert the tip of right hand needle into the top stitch of the 2 you have knit together (still sitting on the left hand needle). Wrap your yarn and draw through a loop, as usual, then slide the stitch off the left hand needle. The second or bottom stitch drops off the needle.  This second stitch that drops off the needle is the step that creates the cross over and cable appearance.

This is how the stitches look after you have completed Round 7. Can you see the little V-shapes created by the K2togk?

This is how the stitches look after you have completed Round 7. Can you see the little V-shapes created by the K2togk?

Now, let's go ahead and work Rounds 8-21. When we've completed those rounds we'll have 3 cable twists and be ready to move on to the neckline.

Did you think they would turn out like this? Is this a great stitch or what?!

Did you think they would turn out like this? Is this a great stitch or what?!

Other Uses for the Faux Cable
There are lots of ways to use this stitch. It would look great in any of these projects: 

  • Baby blankets
  • Sweaters
  • Throws
  • Scarves
  • Hats
  • Mittens

Neckline Shaping
We really are on Easy Street now and ready for final rounds. 
But first we found a technical error.

OOPS! Please correct Rounds: 3 - 5 to read: * K2, p2*, p from * to * around

Now that we're all squared away, lets work this neckline!
We'll start by working Rounds 1 and 2.

Here I am purling my Round 1, offsetting my stitch patterns and decreasing at the same time. Round 2 is just a simple purl round.

Here I am purling my Round 1, offsetting my stitch patterns and decreasing at the same time. Round 2 is just a simple purl round.

Now we'll re-establish our ribbing by completing Rounds 3-5. Rounds 6 and 7 are our last decrease rounds.

Here we are at the ending and with plenty of yarn to bind off.

Here we are at the ending and with plenty of yarn to bind off.

Round 8 is our finish. Bind-off with a loose hand (very much as in the cast-on). If you do, your edge will look something like this.

Round 8 is our finish. Bind-off with a loose hand (very much as in the cast-on). If you do, your edge will look something like this.

Knitting Doctor Tip: Bind-offs typically appear smaller than the cast-on edge. To get around this you want to make sure your bind-off is loose and if that still doesn't work for you, try your bind-off with the next needle size up.

Only one task left to complete. Weave in those ends and congratulate yourself on another job well done!
As always, thank you so much for sharing this knitting journey with me!

Happy Knitting and may the perfect project always be on your sticks,

- KnitDoc Donna

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Donna Pelzar

Donna (aka the Knitting Doctor) is the face behind The New Street Knitter patterns. She teaches knitting instruction for all skill levels in her studio and loves to focus on techniques and interesting stitch patterns. She recently expanded into pattern design and we are thrilled to be able to offer her patterns at NobleKnits. Donna also hosts all of our Knit Alongs.