A lesson in cabling

Do you remember these mitts? The ones I was complaining so much about at the beginning of the summer? Then I was confused and completely lacking in the department of creativity so I cast on a second pair. That project I really like but I haven’t made much progress because trips got in the way and non-knitting and stuff, but now I’m back on the knitting train, it seems, and I will tacke care of that projects… some other time

Anyway, one of the reasons I had problems with this pattern was the cabling. I like to cable without a cable needle but the knit-through-backloop through me off and that was tricky to get the upper hand on. After some swearing and some glaring and muttering I did get the hang of it though.

And it was lucky I did. Figuring this out really helped with my purple cardigan. It has a lot of cabling and it’s all through the backloop. It also has cabling on the wrong side which adds a completely new level of trickiness.

I will still have to figure that out but it’s so much easier since I’ve got it for the right side. So far I’ve mostly knit it in the dark so maybe it will be easier when it’s out of quarantine and I can have adequate lightning.

Not only that, but I remember leaving the UFO shawl back in 2014 because of trouble reading the pattern and I think I had some problems with the knit-through-backloop. Now though, I can’t understand what I was thinking (well, I also had a major cold when I cast on so that might be the reason why I wasn’t feeling it), I really like this project.

So, to sum up, even though I thought the mitts were a pain in the ass, I really learned something and as it happens, I also find knitting through the backloop to be extremely charming and elegant.

Pattern: Arya Mitts by Patti Waters. Yarn: Babyull Lanett from Sandnes, color 2650 beigemelert. Mods: six repeats before the increases, another five before the thumb gusset.