I have a confession to make.
Well, two actually.
Directions for cross cable row:
(for a six stitches wide cable) skip next 3 sts,
tr ps around each of next 3 sts;
working behind last 3 sts, fold last 3 sts forward,
tr ps around each of 3 skipped sts.
No, I have no idea what that means.
And that is a huge problem when asked to crochet cables in this.
So this is my dilemma:
Frog my aran afghan?
Watch every online tutorial for mastering crochet cables?
Pull out my hair?
...or how 'bout trying a knitted cable?
Finding Redheart's pattern for a knitted cabled throw & throwing caution to the wind, I started to knit cables.
Yes. Knit. A. Cable.
Wow. Just let me say, comparatively speaking: a knitted cable is much, much, MUCH easier to do than a crocheted cable. And for someone who has struggled with knitting (me) I am amazed at how easily this is just flowing off of my needles.
Now for confession #2:
This is a before & after photo of my yarn. I am ashamed to admit that I stashed my yarn in a rubber tub. A huge 'no-no', I know. Completely inexcusable, I admit.
But then I started seeing paper towel tubes used as nostepinnes for achieving centered pulled skeins of yarn. (btw -- I could do a whole post on the simplicity & beauty of these wooden treasures, but a paper towel tube was much easier to come by. But rest assured -- I have dropped subtle hints to kids & husband that I would love to have one/more of these handcrafted lovelies in my possession.) I then proceeded to take every messy skein in my rubber tub & carefully wrap each one into a centered pulled skein of yarn.
A centered pulled skein of yarn is neat, orderly & so lovely to look at!