Would you like to know the real reason I'm knitting scarves right now? It's His Sweater. I can't figure out how I want the cables to start. It would be easier if Their Father liked the 2 by 2 ribbing, but he didn't. Now I need to figure out an aesthetically pleasing way to get 4 stitch cables to rise out of 1 by 1 rib. I didn't take pictures of the first pass, sorry. All I did was knit the foundation stitches for the cable stacked right on top of the ribbing, purled back, then twisted the cable on the next right side row. It made the the ribbing pucker. Not a good thing.
I'm mulling on take-two right now. I didn't frog the whole piece, just the 2 or 3 inches of body stitches. When I thought about knitting all that K1P1 ribbing I got sort of dizzy and weak in the knees, so I caved and dropped the stitches for the cables all the way down to the cast on, then changed the ribbing to match the cable pattern, effectively starting the cables at the bottom of the sweater. I'm sot so sure about this one either. I"m trying to envision this as the center of the cardigan. My imagination is stuttering.
I begin to feel uneasy. I have something niggling at the back of my mind. An itch to try Take-three and/or Take-four. Take-three is easy. Start twisting the cables sooner rather than leaving those long legs.
I'm having a harder time with Take-four. I can't seem to plot it out in my head, so I may be spending the weekend with graph paper as, in between building bookcases, I try to figure out how many rows it would take to rearrange 1 by 1 ribbing into 2 by 2 ribbing and then move those ribs into the two 4-stitch cable patterns I need.It's going to be a busy weekend.
(NB: I know most of you are comment-phobic, but this is one of those cases where I'll take all the advice I can wring out of you people.)