First shot – not so much.

I worked a little bit on a swatch for the kilt hose last night. I found what my gauge is (7st. per inch), but I found that the cables I’d planned to do weren’t to my liking. I was trying to get a cable effect without using a cable needle – I did a left-leaning cross by inserting the right-hand needle into the back of the second stitch on the left-hand needle, knitting it but not slipping it off, then knitting the first stitch normally and sliding both off. This crosses the two stitches, but it also twists the stitch that’s being crossed over. The result is not very aesthetically pleasing for me.


So I think I’m going to go with a cable worked with a cable needle after all. I think I’m going to give the John Anderson’s Kilt Hose pattern a shot.

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  1. Suzy Says:

    I love the pattern you chose! I just love the Celtic interlace! Can’t wait to see them…..on the man! 😉

  2. Donna Says:

    Awesome pattern, can’t wait to see you model them.

  3. Stephanie Says:

    The kilt hose in Nancy Bush’s “Folk Socks” are the only ones I’ve knit. I really loved knitting them. (If here we understand that the word “Loved” is now being used to remember a very obsessive time.)
    Someone elses photo from the book is here:

    I love the big cuffs on your pair. True kilt hose always have them, to hide the garters that hold them up. (Maybe would have helped your last pair?)

  4. Cynthia Says:

    That’s a great pattern – looking forward to seeing them knitted up!

  5. Jess, of the Bugs Says:

    I can’t wait to see them knitted up and um… modeled 😉 Let’s see just how bonny those knees are *waggles eyebrows*
    What manner of string-type thing are you using?

    Oh, and by the by, I’m finally to the gusset on the foot sweaters.

  6. lara Says:

    Awesome. Those will be very nice.

  7. PiPPy Says:

    I kinda like that little twisty thingie.
    But that pattern is really nice.
    Can’t wait to see them all finished!

  8. athena Says:

    hi! you can cable without a cable needle:


  9. Lilith Says:

    The cabling-sans-cable-needle technique is one I use regularly, but it’s far more difficult with sock-weight yarn on small needles than it is on worsted with bigger needles. Try it in a swatch and see what happens. :)

  10. Ted Says:

    However, that matter of the stitch being twisted could be corrected if you wrapped the yarn in the reverse direction in the round before you do the cross. Its “stitch mount” would be reversed, so that when you insert the needle “in back” you’re actually inserting in front, and when worked it will not be twisted.

    This use of reversed and normal stitch mounts is called “combined knitting”: google it and it should come up easily.

    Love your kilt.

  11. MMario Says:

    ? why not knit into the *front* of the 2nd stitch and then knit the first stich – then your stitch wouldn’t be twisted.