Only once before have I attempted a cable and that was on a pair of mittens for my daughter. I found it quite difficult but persevered and was actually quite glad when it was over. Why then did I decide to create a cable cushion? perhaps it was the luscious Jacob aran yarn from The Knitting Gift Shop.
I’m quite proud of it. I must have done the first couple of dozen rows about seventeen times before I really got the hang of the pattern and started to make progress.
The cable part of the pattern is a saxon braid which I found here, the remainder I made up myself with a lot of angst involved.
The Jacob aran is a beautiful wool to work with. One of the most helpful tips I found on the internet was to use a lifeline which is just a spare piece of yarn in a contrasting colour which you can thread though every few rows whilst the stitches are still on the needle. If you then make a mistake you can then unravel the last few rows without it going further. Although this was suggested for use with lace knitting it was extremely useful with cables. Being a beginner with cables I couldn’t always determine which way the stitches were twisting, the lifline meant I could pick them up again all facing in the correct direction.
A favourite part of finishing a project is choosing buttons from Duttons for Buttons and I think these suit this project particularly well. I have more of the black Jacob which I’m knitting into a second cushion, not a cable this time but still textured.