Jeesh, this is supposed to be an easy pattern. Big needles, bulky yarn, mostly stockinette stitch.
I didn’t like the second version of the cable on the blue sweater either. I realized that what it needed was a purl stitch on each side of the cable to set it off. It was just too smushed into the stockinette stitches surrounding the cable. Instead of taking the whole thing back to that damn garter hem, I just undid one stitch on either side of the cable and let it unravel (ravel?) down. Just like running a nylon. Here is what it looked like on the second side:
Then I used a crochet hook and purled that stitch back up. Now here is what it looked like:
And a few rows later:
This, I like. I might do this cable up the sleeve with a garter hem instead of the wide ribbing. We’ll see.
Someone asked about the stitch markers. Yes, I made them. I went sort of nutty in the bead store and bought a bunch of beads along with the necessary tools and hardware and spent an afternoon making a bunch. They are quite festive; it takes little to amuse me, as you can see.