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The Contrast Cable

After a long time, I came across a pattern which really intrigued me and I really wanted to try it out.


It was called the Woven Braid or “Trenza Calada”

It was in Spanish and not English. So after Google translated it, I still couldn’t understand the written instructions.

And the accompanying explanatory video did nothing to clear things up too.

She was clearly a pro, and man was she faaaaaast!

Here is  the link to the blog, feel free to check out:


There are a lot of cabling patterns here.

And heres the video link:   http://youtu.be/cRzFRsHgC8g

So after wracking my brain, I posted for help on the Ravelry forums. Then it also hit me that I could download the video and run through it in slo-mo. But I was too tired and went to sleep.

Then today morning I was going through the video on youtube again.. And I saw “the Trellis lace”.. I had seen this one a loong loong time ago..

It was evident  this pattern and the “Trenza Calada” is somewhat similar.. So I checked it out, and it gave me a clearer idea.. after watching the “Trellis lace” twice, I  proceeded to download Trenza Calada and went through it in Slow-Motion.

After 3 LOOOONG hours I finally figured it out.. writing what I did as I went along, then scratching it out as I made a mistake , then re-writing it.

Finally I got the desired result and ta-da!!


Its such a pretty little cable with contrasting elements, I still don’t know where Im gonna use it, but I sure am glad I made a chart for it.

You can try it out, if you like.

Contrast cable Chart




The key for it are not the standard ones, I just used whatever was easy to use in excel. (please click on the picture to make it larger)

After the whole thing I went on Ravelry again and a fellow member named “JoodieKadoodie” painstakingly wrote down the entire instructions! I thank her with all my heart.. (I also cross referenced it with my chart.. Seems the same 😉  )

If the chart was a bit too much too understand, I’ll post her written instructions below which is easier to understand.

“The pattern says it is over 20 stitches, but the stitch itself is really a repeat of 16 with 2 more purl stitches to make the design centered and an edge stitch on each side to make the 20 in the swatch. So a multiple of 16+ 2 purl stitches+ the 2 edge stitches. Tejer means to weave, but they use it for knitting and crocheting as well. The way it is used in the pattern it might translate better as “work” and then it describes which stitch to work “al reves” (no accent to use” is part of the description of the purl, and “al derecho” is for a knit stitch.

Here is the whole pattern stitch written out in a shorter form. @ = an asterisk because I can never remember the Ravelry secret to making the asterisk work. I am leaving off the edge stitches so this is only for the 18 stitches of the pattern (16 that are repeated + the P2 to center the pattern). Repeat between the @ @ each time, then end P2. Cable Cross rows have a CC in front of them.

Openwork Cable 
Row 1: @ P2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times, p2, k6 @ p2. 
Row 2 and all even rows work the stitches as they present themselves. 
CC Row 3: @ P2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1, p2, slip 3 to CN (cable needle), hold to front of work, k next 3, k 3 from CN @ p2. 
Row 5: @ P2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times, p2, k6 @ p2. 
Row 7: @ P2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1, p2, k6 @ p2. 
Row 9: @ P2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times, p2, k6 @ p2. 
CC Row 11: @P2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1, p2, slip 3 to CN, hold to front, knit next 3, knit 3 from CN, k1 @ p2. 
Row 13: @ P2, k6, p2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times @ p2. 
CC Row 15: @ P2, slip 3 to CN, hold to front, K next 3, k3 from CN, p2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1 @ p2. 
Row 17: @ P2, k6, p2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times @ p2. 
Row 19: @ P2, k6, p2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1 @ p2. 
Row 21: @ P2, k6, p2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times @ p2. 
CC Row 23: @ P2, slip 3 to CN, hold front, k next 3, k3 from CN, p2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1 @ p2. 
Repeat the 24 rows of the pattern as many times as desired.

This part that was right before row 1:

Esta muestra la hice con 20 puntos: dos puntos para los bordes, 6 puntos para cada trenza (cada trenza tendrá 2 columnas de 3 puntos) y 6 puntos para la base (2 puntos antes, entre y después de las trenzas)

is explaining the swatch set up and says something like: This swatch is made with 20 stitches: 2 stitches for borders, 6 stitches for each cable (each cable has 2 columns of 3 stitches) and 6 stitches for the basa {that other part, maybe base, but not in my dictionary} (2 stitches before, between and after the cables).   ” 


Have a go at this beautiful piece of cable-work and shout out to me if there are any doubts or you spot any mistakes!