cabled torus by sarah-marie belcastro
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cabled torus

January 2017
Any gauge - designed for any gauge ?
45 - 60 yards (41 - 55 m)
size depends on yarn choice
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Back in the day, I wrote a pattern for a plain torus that appears in Making Mathematics with Needlework. This is a variant on that pattern—it has a cable, much like frosting on a doughnut—and it is an updated version of that pattern, because this pattern includes more effective short-row techniques and links to grafting tutorials.

Materials needed:

  • In addition to the main yarn, a yard or so of scrap yarn.
  • One set of double-pointed needles, or two circulars, or one long circular for use with magic loop.
  • A spare needle for cabling.
  • Stuffing: Polyester fiberfill works best to avoid lumpiness.
  • Two stitch markers, plus two locking stitch markers if you like Japanese short rows.
  • A tapestry needle (or equivalent) for grafting and weaving in ends.

Skills needed: knit, purl, 2-stitch cable, short rows, grafting. The pattern contains links to tutorials for short rows and for grafting.

Sizing: A fingering-weight torus is approximately 3.5” in diameter and a worsted-weight torus is approximately 5” in diameter.

Gauge: Because the finished object is stuffed, swatch to obtain a fabric that is not loose, so the stuffing will not easily show between stitches.