((((((( I just threw on a cable scarf pattern that wasn't too wide and figured it would be just a practice swatch. I used larger than called for needles in the pattern and worked up for the same amount of width then BO and made a square coaster from it = good for heavier containers.
So, I had my cable experience done and a quick, usable item that didn't look too bad though I had made errors.
You could do the same with a simple knit cable scarf pattern of your choice, perhaps not BO early, but remember, you can BO early to make it square or even a rectangle by working it longer.
I've been finding a lot of patterns that involve cables (sweaters, afghans, etc.) They all look so pretty. Does anyone know of an easy way to practice making the cables?