Cable Net by Ariel Barton
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Cable Net

September 2006
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
40 stitches and 58 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 0 - 2.0 mm
430 - 550 yards (393 - 503 m)
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I love cables, the more intricate the better. And I like knitting socks. So when I decided to branch out from plain socks to patterned socks, I wanted to use cables on the legs. However, socks are little. Even allowing for the thin yarn, they’ve got fewer stitches than sweaters or sleeves. I was afraid that standard cables wouldn’t fit. The solution? Little cables!

The smallest a cable can be is one knit stitch, so that’s what I used. I am particularly fond of one-stitch cables for their ease. While you can work them using a cable needle, it’s not really necessary. Techniques borrowed from lace decreases work fine instead. This makes mini-cables faster and easier than their bigger cousins.

The daring will work cables on the heel (making these extra spicy), but the socks will look fine with the piquant version (with a plain reverse stockinette heel.)*