A quick note before we get started - there’s now a flickr group where you can upload all your pictures of your scarf progress! I’d love to see pictures from all stages, and any problem spots that you need help with. You can find the group here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/hikingscarf/. Go post!
All right - cables. If you’ve never done them before, they’re actually MUCH easier then they look. Remember I said that you would need a cable needle or a single double pointed needle? Now’s the time to bring it out.
When you come to the point in the pattern that says C6F, here’s what you do:
1. Slide 3 stitches onto the cable needle
2. Hold those stitches (on the cable needle) in front of your work
3. Knit the next three stitches. It may feel a little weird because you have to pull a little to skip the stitches that are being held on the cable needle, but that’s ok.
4. Then knit the stitches on your cable needle, just as you would if they were on a regular needle. Make sure you start with the first stitch that you slid onto the needle.
5. Continue on with the next step of the pattern. In our case that’s P2. When you come to the next CF6, repeat from step 1!
There you are, all cables are as simple as that. The only variation you may see in other patterns is C#B. The number will vary based on the size of the cable desired and the “B” simply means you need to make sure the cable needle is held in the back of your work as you knit.
Go forth and knit!