Total of stitches knitted yesterday: 416. Not a good day for sock growth. All is not lost however, because here are my mods to the instructions: (k = k1tbl) (cn= cable needle) (lhn = left hand needle & rhn right..)
For the 7 sisters cable: Front or Back: put first 3 sts on cn1, next (centre purl) on cn2, kpk next on lhn, p cn2, kpk cn1. Much better for me. (Sanity, dexterity, patience, temper, enjoyment of knitting etc)
For 2st swaps: common sense: no need for extra stuff clogging up my instructions - just swap 'em and keep to the pattern, the simpler the better for me, less chance of stuffing it up:
On side panel (chart D), in rows 6-12, the ribs are replaced by purl sts.
All right swaps (crosses or twists) go onto the right needle.
All left swaps stay where they are.
All swaps have the non knitting needle going to back of **2nd st, see above.
The same needle drops the 1st st, picks up and puts in front of the **2nd st.
All dropped sts are picked up on the front of work.
Swapped sts are worked as per the st below it. Except where the two outer knits are switched purls then back again in rows 6-12 in Chart D.
Right swaps: put next 2 onto rhn, put tip of lhn into back of 2nd st on it (the old first st on the lhn) hold with left thumbnail and forefinger at the base of both sts, slip both sts off rhn and pick up 1st st with rhn. K or p whichever it is supposed to be.
Left swaps: put tip of rhn into back of 2nd st hold with right thumbnail and forefinger at the base of both sts, slip both sts off lhn and pick up 1st st with lhn. K or p whichever it is supposed to be.
Ready to begin another day's knitting to see how mods go.