I wanted to learn how to knit a cable sideways without having to knit it vertically, cast off, and then pick up stitches along the horizontal edge.
As they say in late night advertising — “There has to be a better way!”
And there is. My lovely Ravelers (shrouderknits and lyndainoregon) were super kind and enlightened me. The technique is called “closed ring cables”.
This video demonstrates the technique (it’s in Korean, but so well done that you don’t need to know the language to follow along):
This website has a knitting chart: http://www.ourcurioushome.net/2008/12/11/knitting-charts-for-a-closed-ring-design/
Another video, this time in English: https://vimeo.com/42620403
Horizontal Chain Pattern (with chart): http://www.ourcurioushome.net/2010/07/23/clarified-horizontal-chain-pattern/
Horizontal Knit Braid: