Cables are luscious and gorgeous and can make you look like a knitting genius.

With long, lean, vertical or meandering, lines, there’s a lot to love. But sometimes to achieve a garment that fits well it’s necessary to add or modify the shaping—how do you do that within cable patterning?

What if you are wider around the hips than the bust, or vice versa? In the former, working the size that fits your hips will require you to reduce the size around the bust. In the case of the latter, choosing the size that fits your hips will be too tight around the bust. Of course there are many other scenarios that will require the piece you are knitting to be something other than a flat rectangle. So let’s take a look at the options.