Reverse Gnarled Wave Cable

Reverse Gnarled wave cable
Yarn: Sirdar Tropicana, cotton effect dk
Wraps Per Inch: 10 wpi
Needles: 3mm aluminium (prym)
Gauge: 34 st and 38 rows to 10cm/4 inches in pattern
Pattern: Reverse Gnarled Wave Cable
Stitch Count Repeat: Multiple of 12 stitches
Book: Charted Knitting Designs – A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns
Page: 71

Comments: The swatch was 2 repeats wide and 2.5 high. Lightly blocked, it measured 2.75in wide by 5.25in high.
There looks like there is a problem with the chart in the 1998 Schoolhouse Press edition of the book. See below for reasoning.

Knit by: zeph

Why there may be a problem with the chart

1. It doesn’t match the other charts: There are 4 charts on page 71 o f the 3rd treasury, each of which shows a different variation of a ‘gnarled cable’.  Three of the charts show the relevant cable on a purely reverse stockinette background. The fourth chart, for this version ‘Reverse Gnarled Wave Cable’, deviates from the standard set by the other three.  The difference stops the cable standing out from the background as well as the other 3 do.

2. The cable in the book photo is different to that in the chart.  In the ‘Reverse Gnarled Wave Cable’ chart the 2 stitches on the righthand edge  on rows 1-8, and the 2 stitches on the left edge on rows 7-9 are marked to be knit on the RS and purled on the WS. They are highlighted in green in the left hand image below.  Compare these stitches with the same ones in the book photo.  The book photo shows them as having been purled on the RS and knit on the WS – the opposite of what the chart suggests, but identical to the backgrounds in the other three gnarled cable variations.

The right hand image below is a mockup of how the cable looks with a pure reverse stockinette backgound – this looks like the book photo and the cable stands out much better.

reverse gnarled wave cable

Version as per the chart:
The stitches highlighted in blue are those created by the decreases in the chart.
Those marked in green are the ones that should be reverse stockinette like the rest.

Corrected reverse gnarled wave cable

‘Corrected’ version:
Mockup only, not knitted. By this point I was a little tired of gnarled cables…

All Four Cables Compared

All four gnarled cables

Left to right:
1. Front-Cross Gnarled Cable
2. Gnarled Wave Cable
3. Back-Cross Gnarled Cable
4. Reverse Gnarled Wave Cable

One Response to “Reverse Gnarled Wave Cable”

  1. Rana Says:

    Thanks for the analysis – that does make a lot more sense.


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