I used Cascade Cantata (70% Cotton/30% Superwash Merino Wool) and a US#8 (5.0 mm) needle.
I was struggling to work the cables and I couldn’t figure out why. They didn’t span a ton of stitches and I was working with an animal fiber.
Or was I?
I picked this yarn for the color. I wanted it to show the cables well. But I didn’t realize that most of the yarn was a cotton.
Once I figured that out, it all made sense. That’s why I had so much trouble with those cable rows.
Staghorn Cable, written directions
Row 1 (RS): K2, (k2, 2/2 RC, 2/2 LC, k4), k2, 2/2 RC, 2/2 LC, k6, 2/2 RC, 2/2 LC, k4. (44 sts)
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.
Row 3: K2, (2/2 RC, k4, 2/2 LC, k2), (2/2 RC, k4, 2/2 LC, k2) × 2.
Row 5: 2/2 RC, (k8, 2/2 LC), (k10, 2/2 LC) × 2.
Staghorn Cable, charted
Although the stitch dictionary didn’t suggest this, I think it needs a bit in the middle of that final row. If I were to make it again, I’d try working Row 5 as a combo of both Rows 1 and 5.
This is another reason that swatching is so important. I’d never know that just by looking at the chart.
About the Reviewer: Jody Richards
Jody is the founder and lead editor of Knotions. She loves poring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches.
She’s also on a mission to get everyone to embrace the blocking. And, to avoid using garter stitch edges in swatches.
And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).