Now that I've begun the left front panel the knitting has gotten a lot more interesting. The cabling has begun!
I have a trusty old J-shaped cable needle, but decided to use a double-pointed needle instead. I'm working with US 10s, and my cable needle is probably the same diameter as a size 4 needle, so using the same size needle simply makes more sense to me. Of course, that's a personal preference.
The design along the front of the coat has a simple cable running alongside a braid comprised of three separate cables, one of which has a groove down the center. It's beautiful. But just as I was getting the hang of the cables, and could visualize the pattern yet to form, I hit a tiny snag.
There was a printing error in an early version the pattern.
The pattern — which includes both written instructions and a chart — somehow listed the steps for the Cr12F cable twice. Once under Cr12F and again under T12F. I went back and forth, trying to see how the stitches differed. They didn't. I knew something was off, but wasn't sure what, exactly. You see, I've never been sure what order cable stitches are shown in charts. (Are the stitches put onto the cable needle shown in their original position, or their new position?) Any knitter more familiar with how cables are charted would have been able to spot the correct stitches without much difficulty. As for me...I emailed email@example.com and asked the friendly folks at Patons, and the designers gave me the correct instructions for T12F. The fix was also listed in the pattern book corrections. Newer versions of the book have the fix as well.
If you're planning on trying this pattern and have an older copy of the pattern, please note that the T12F cable (Twist 12 Front) should read: Slip next 6 stitches onto cable needle and leave at front of work. Working behind cable needle, knit six stitches from left-hand needle. (K2, P2, K2) from cable needle. Twist T12F is complete.
Now that I'm back on track and have done more than one repeat of the complex Cable Pattern A (and several repeats of the simple Cable Pattern C), the work is going faster. It makes sense, and I can see where the twists and turns are meant to be.
Word of warning: Cables are addictive. Instead of "just one more row" I'm already thinking, "Just one more repeat."