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Technique Tuesday: Fixing a Miss Crossed Cable

Fixing a miss-crossed cable is a combination of dropping a section of stitches, unknitting them for a series of rows and then reknitting them in the correct pattern. To do this you need to identify the area that the mistake happened in and which stitches needs to be dropped down and reworked. For a sample cable swatch work up the first chart. As you can probably tell there is a miss-crossed cable in this chart. The correct cable that we need to fix is indicated in the red box on the right side chart. To fix this you need to identify the 4 stitches that the cable consists of and drop them from the needles as follows:

Fixing a miss-crossed cable

Begin by identifying which stitches need to be corrected and what row you are currently on in the chart. Since the first chart was finished you should have just finished Row 14, slip stitches from the left needle to the right needle until stitch 4 is between the needles, then drop stitches 4, 5, 6, 7 off the needles. The first row that you remove will be the WS row 14 and I find it helpful to say either WS or RS as I pull out each row, pull out 6 rows of stitches. Place stitches 4, 5, 6, 7, from Row 8 back on the needle (remember right leg front) ready to rework the miss-crossed cable on Row 9 correctly. Using the bottom-most ladder of yarn just like when fixing a single dropped stitch work across the 4 stitches in the correct 2/2 Left Cross. For the next row which is a WS row 10, turn the work around and p across the 4 sts using the next bottom-most ladder. In this manner continue working the rows following the chart and using the lowest rung of unpicked yarn.

Sometimes when reworking a section of stitches the tension can be off on one side or the other. This can be avoided by working every row as a RS row and passing the stitches back to the left needle after every row. This action will help to even the tension across the stitches and make the reworked area blend into the knitting as if it was never a mistake. 

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