The continuing Fairbank saga: 28 row repeating pattern transcribed longhand

This is a fairly specialist post so those of you with no interest in knitting would perhaps be better moving on and spending your time elsewhere.

I have been trying to knit a complicated, multiply-cabled sleeveless sweater for my husband for several months now. It says on Ravelry that I started knitting this project on February 3rd 2012. This morning I started from scratch again for the 7th or 8th time. It’s been a whole catalogue of disasters and an exemplar of Sod’s Law. I shall bore you with the whole saga when I eventually finish knitting the damn thing. If I can remember all the details by then.

One of the problems is that I am a novice knitter (although I have knitted several simple hats, gloves, bags and a jumper.) I felt I was ready to get my teeth into something more complicated and the pattern book gave Fairbank two diamonds for complexity so I thought I’d give it a go. Now, Rowan patterns, especially complex ones like this are all written as charts, which save them paper but I can’t knit the charts straight from the book so I have rather laboriously transcribed the chart into longhand. It has taken me until now to do and, because I am such a caring, sharing person, I have decided to post my longhand knitting instructions for the 28 row repeated cabling pattern, for the XS size here. I have used smaller needles than specified because my tension is ironically quite loose. Have fun:

Fairbank repeating 28 row pattern for size XS

Row 1 RS

P1 K1 P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x 6 P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 K4 P6 C6B P4 C6B P6 K4 P2 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 (Ktbl1, P1)x6 P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P1 K1 P1

Row 2 WS

P1 K1 P2 K4 P1, slip2 purlwise with yarn at back of work, P1 K4 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1) x6 K1 P1 K4  P1, slip 2 purlwise wyib, P1 K4, P1 K2 P4 K6 P6 K4 P6 K6 P4 K2 P1 K4 P1 slip2 purlwise wyib, P1 K4 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1)x6  K1 P1 K4 P1, slip 2 purlwise wyib, P1 K4 P2 K1 P1

Row 3 RS

P1 K1 P1 K1 P2, slip next 3 st onto CN hold at back K1 then P1 K1 P1 from CN, slip next 1st onto CN hold at front K1 P1 K1 then K1 from CN, P2 K1 P2, slip next 6 sts onto CN hold at back K1tbl (P1, K1tbl)x2 then (P1, K1tbl)x3 from CN, P2 K1 P2, slip next 3 st onto CN hold at back K1 then P1 K1 P1 from CN, slip next 1st onto CN hold at front K1 P1 K1 then K1 from CN, P2 K1 P2 K4 P4, slip next 2 sts onto CN hold at back K3 then P2 from CN, slip next 3 sts onto CN hold at front P1 then K3 from CN, P2, slip next 1 st onto CN hold at back K3 then P1 from CN, slip next 3 sts onto CN hold at front P2 then K3 from CN, P4 K4 P2 K1 P2, slip next 3 st onto CN hold at back K1 then P1 K1 P1 from CN, slip next 1st onto CN hold at front K1 P1 K1 then K1 from CN, P2 K1 P2, slip next 6 sts onto CN hold at back K1tbl (P1, K1tbl)x2 then (P1, K1tbl)x3 from CN, P2 K1 P2, slip next 3 st onto CN hold at back K1 then P1 K1 P1 from CN,  slip next 1st onto CN hold at front K1 P1 K1 then K1 from CN, P2 K1 P1 K1 P1

Row 4 WS

P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1)x6 K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 P4 K4 P3 K1 P1 K1 P3 K2 P3 K1 P1 K1 P3 K4 P4 K2 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1)x6 K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P2 K1 P1

Row 5 RS

P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x6 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 K4 P2, slip next 2 sts onto CN and hold at back K3 then P2 from CN, K1 P1 K1, slip next 3 sts onto CN hold at front P1 then K3 from CN, slip next st onto CN hold at back K3 then P1 from CN, K1 P1 K1 slip next 3 sts onto CN hold at front P2 then K3 from CN, P2 K4 P2 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x 6 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 

Row 6 WS

P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (p1tbl, K1)x6 K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 P4 K2 P3 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P8 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P3 K2 P4 K2 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1)x 6, K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P2 K1 P1

Row 7 RS

P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x6 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 K4, Slip next 2 sts onto CN hold at back K3 then P2 from CN, K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 C6F P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1, slip next 3 sts onto CN hold at front P2 then K3 from CN, K4 P2 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x 6, P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1

Row 8 WS

P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (p1tbl, k1)x6 K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 P7 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P8 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P7 K2 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (p1tbl, k1)x6 K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P2 K1 P1

Row 9 RS

P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x6 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 K1 C6F K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1, slip next 2 sts onto CN hold at back K3 then P2 from CN, slip next 3 sts onto CN hold at front P2 then K3 from CN, P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 C6F K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x6 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 

Row 10 WS

P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1)x6, K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 P7 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P7  K2 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1)x6, K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P2 K1 P1 

Row 11 RS

P1 K1 P1 K1 P2, slip next 3 sts onto CN and  hold at back K1 then K1 P2 from CN, slip next st onto CN and hold in front P2 K1 then K1 from CN, P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x 6 P1 K1 P2, slip next 3 sts onto CN and  hold at back K1 then K1 P2 from CN, slip next st onto CN and hold in front P2 K1 then K1 from CN, P2 K1 P2 K4, slip next 3 sts onto CN hold at front P1 then K3 from CN, P1 K1 P1 Slip next 2 st onto CN hold at back K3 then P2 from CN, P4, slip next 3 sts onto CN hold at front P2 then K3 from CN, P1 K1 P1, slip next st onto CN hold at back K3 then P1 from CN, K4 P2 K1 P2, slip next 3 sts onto CN and  hold at back K1 then K1 P2 from CN, slip next st onto CN and hold in front P2 K1 then K1 from CN, P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x6, P1 K1 P2 slip next 3 sts onto CN and  hold at back K1 then K1 P2 from CN, slip next st onto CN and hold in front P2 K1 then K1 from CN, P2 K1 P1 K1 P1

Row 12 WS

P1 K1 P2 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1) x 6, K1 P1 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 P4 K1 P4 K1 P4 K8 P4 K1 P4 K1 P4 K2 P1 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1) x 6, K1 P1 K4 P4 K4 P2 K1 P1

Row 13 RS

P1 K1 P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1) x 6, P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 K4 P1, slip next 3 sts onto CN hold at front P1 then K3 from CN, slip next 2 sts onto CN hold at back K3 then P2 from CN, P8, slip next 3 sts onto CN hold at front P2 then K3 from CN, slip next st onto CN hold at back K3 then P1 from CN, P1 K4 P2 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1) x 6, P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P1 K1 P1

Row 14 WS

P1 K1 P2 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1)x6, K1 P1 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 P4 K2 P6 K12 P6 K2 P4 K2 P1 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 (P1Tbl, K1)X6  K1 P1 K4 P4 K4 P2 K1 P1

Row 15 RS NB INCREASE ROW

(1st stitch increase by K1 then P1 into first stitch) K1 P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x6, P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 K4 P2 C6B P12 C6B P2 K4 P2 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x6, P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P1 K1  (increase by P1,K1 into last stitch)

ROW 16 WS

K1 P1 K1 P2 K4 P1 slip2 purlwise with yarn at back of work, P1 K4 P1 K2 (P1TBL, K1)X 6, K1 P1 K4 P1 slip2 purlwise with yarn at back of work, P1 K4 P1 K2 P4 K2 P6 K12 P6 K2 P4 K2 P1 K4 P1 slip2 purlwise with yarn at back of work, P1 K4 P1 K2 (P1TBL, K1)X 6, K1 P1 K4 P1 slip2 purlwise with yarn at back of work, P1 K4 P2 K1 P1 K1

ROW 17 RS

K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at back K1 then P1 K1 P1 from CN, slip next st onto cn hold at front K1 P1 K1 then K1 from cn, P2 K1 P2, slip next 6 sts onto cn hold at back K1tbl (P1, K1tbl) x2 then (P1, K1tbl)x3 from cn, P2 K1 P2 slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at back K1 then P1 K1 P1 from CN, slip next st onto cn hold at front K1 P1 K1 then K1 from cn, P2 K1 P2 K4 P1, slip next st onto cn hold at back K3 then P1 from CN, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at front P2 then K3 from cn, P8, slip next 2 sts onto cn hold at back K3 then P2 from cn, slip next st onto cn hold at front P2 K1 then K1 from CN, P1 K4 P2 K1 P2 slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at back K1 then P1 K1 P1 from CN, slip next st onto cn hold at front K1 P1 K1 then K1 from cn, P2 K1 P2, slip next 6 sts onto cn hold at back K1tbl (P1, K1tbl) x2 then (P1, K1tbl)x3 from cn, P2 K1 P2 slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at back K1 then P1 K1 P1 from CN, slip next st onto cn hold at front K1 P1 K1 then K1 from cn, P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1

ROW 18 WS

K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1) x 6, K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 P4 K1 P3 K1 P1 K1 P3 K8 P3 K1 P1 K1 P3 K1 P4 K2 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1) x 6, K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P2 K1 P1 K1

ROW 19 RS

K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2  P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl P1) x6, P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 K4, slip next st onto cn hold at back K3 then P1 from cn, K1 P1 K1 slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at front P2 then K3 from cn, P4, slip next 2 sts onto cn hold at back K3 then P2 from cn, K1 P1 K1, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at front P1 then K3 from cn, K4 P2 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)x6 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1

ROW 20 WS

K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1tbl,k1)x6, K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 P8 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P3 K4 P3 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P8 K2 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1)x6, K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P2 K1 P1 K1

ROW 21 RS

K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl, P1)X6, P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 K1, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at front K3 then K3 from cn, P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1, slip next 3 sts onto cn and hold at front P2 then K3 from cn, slip next 2 sts onto cn hold at back K3 then P2 from CN, K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at front K3 then K3 from cn, K1 P2 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 (K1tbl P1)x6, P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1

ROW 22 WS

k1 p1 k1 p2 k2 p1 k1 p1 k1 p1 k1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1)X6 K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 P8 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P8 K2 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1tbl, K1)X6 K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P2 K1 P1 K1

ROW 23 RS

k1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 (K1TBL X P1)X6 P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 K4 (slip next 3 sts onto cn and hold at front of work, P2 then K3 from CN) P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 C6F K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 (slip next 2 sts onto cn and hold at back of work, K3 then P2 from cn) K4 P2 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P2 (K1TBL, P1)X 6, P1 K1 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K2 P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1

ROW 24 WS

K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1TBL, K1)X6 K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 P4 K2 P4 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P6 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P4 K2 P4 K2 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P1 K2 (P1TBL, K1)X6 K1 P1 K2 P1 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 K2 P2 K1 P1 K1

ROW 25 RS

K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P2 (slip next st onto cn hold at front P2 k1 then K1 from CN, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at back K1 then K1, P2 from cn) P2 K1 P2 (K1TBL, P1)X6 P1 K1 P2 (slip next st onto cn hold at front, P2, k1 then K1 from CN, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at back K1 then K1, P2 from cn) P2 K1 P2 K4 P2, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at front P2 then K3 from cn, P1 K1 P1, slip next st onto cn hold at back K3 then p1 from cn, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at front P1 then K3 from cn, P1 K1 P1, slip next 2 sts onto cn hold at back K3 then P2 from cn, P2 K4 P2 K1 P2 (slip next st onto cn hold at front, P2, k1 then K1 from CN, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at back K1 then K1, P2 from cn) P2 K1 P2 (K1TBL, P1)X6  P1 K1 P2 (slip next st onto cn hold at front, P2, k1 then K1 from CN, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at back K1 then K1, P2 from cn) P2 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1

ROW 26 WS

K1 P1 K1 P2 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 (P1TBL, K1)X6 K1 P1 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 P4 K4 P4 K1 P4 K2 P4 K1 P4 K4 P4 K2 P1 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 (P1TBL, K1)X6 K1 P1 K4 P4 K4 P2 K1 P1 K1

ROW 27 RS

K1 P1 K1 P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 (K1TBL, P1)X6 P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 K4 P4, slip next 3 sts onto cn hold at front P2 then K3 from cn, slip next st onto cn hold at back K3 then P1 from cn, P2, slip next 3sts onto cn hold at front P1 then K3 from cn, slip next 2 sts onto cn hold at back K3 then P2 from cn, P4 K4 P2 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P2 (K1TBL, P1)X 6 P1 K1 P4 K4 P4 K1 P1 K1 P1 K1

ROW 28 WS

K1 P1 K1 P2 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 (P1TBL, K1)X6 K1 P1 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 P4 K6 P6 K4 P6 K6 P4 K2 P1 K4 P4 K4 P1 K2 (P1TBL, K1)X6 K1 P1 K4 P4 K4 P2 K1 P1 K1

INCREASE ROWs on ROWs 29, 43, 57, 71, 85

1st stitch increase by K1 then P1 into first stitch

End stitch increase by P1,K1 into last stitch

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