Chain cable HK experiment

Several months ago menswear began to appear featuring versions of chained cables. There are some published sources for such patterns, some available for purchase online ie in ravelry,  while others may be found in the Barbara Walker Treasury Books. One HK version from the latter may be found here. I decided to play with excel and experiment further. I used Aire River Design font on my Mac to generate symbols used. Columns and rows may be easily edited to adjust height and width of repeat to suit in the design process. I charted only knit “right side rows”. On purl rows one simply reverses previous row’s purl/knit sequences

the first linear repeat (outlined in orange)

I tend to prefer brick repeats in odd numbers across the piece: this instance adds reverse knit rows in center of the cables as well for more surface texture, seed stitch may be another consideration

a quick swatch testing the repeat in a random cotton from my stash

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