Power Cables: The Ultimate Guide to Knitting Inventive Cables

Power Cables: The Ultimate Guide to Knitting Inventive Cables

Language: English

Pages: 176


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From simple to sculptural, the original cable patterns explored in this must-have resource create a foundation of techniques for designing signature knitwear. Basic twisted stitches, complex interpretations of cables, reversible cables, adding texture and color, turning stitches around, constructing cables with I-cord, and wrapping stitches to create the illusion of cables are some of the integrated techniques detailed in this guide. Contained within are more than 15 original cable patterns for pullovers, jackets, bags, socks, and accessories. Also included is information on a new charting system for predicting cable behavior as well as tips on cabling without a cable needle, choosing the best yarns for specific cable effects, and designing original cable patterns.

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the main portion, and bind off tightly. For standard (non-reversible) cables, it’s typical to have purl stitches on each side to accentuate the cable. But in a reversible piece, the purl stitches become knit stitches. Instead of reverse stockinette, use a reversible stitch such as garter or seed stitch (or even more ribbing) as separator or filler stitches (Fig. 7). Fig. 7: Cables seperated by reversible seperator stitches. Applications Besides the ubiquitous scarf or shawl or afghan, what

other projects benefit from being reversible? Anything that flips over or turns back: belts, straps for handbags, hoods, socks (such as the ones on page 54), turtlenecks (see page 58), or stoles (see page 118). Reversibility often means versatility. Different wearing options can extend your wardrobe. Sleeve cuffs can be folded back to three-quarter length or down for a full sleeve. Reversibility also extends function; if it’s too warm, fold back a lapel or collar or turn up the hat brim. When

Unseen There can be many single knit lines traveling at once in different directions. They can get together with other lone knit lines and cross any time they get together. It can be an intricate dance. Bavarian twisted stitches (see next page) follow this principle, but the knit stitches are worked through their back loops. Sometimes the knits don’t cross with any other knits at all; they seem to roam alone. In fact they do cross, but only with purls, in order to travel across the fabric. In

cn and hold in front, sl 2 sts (p2) to second cn and hold in back, k2 from left needle, p2 from second cn, k2 from first cn, p1, sl 1 st (k1) to one cn and hold in front, sl 1 st (p1) to second cn and hold in back, k1 from left needle, p1 from second cn, k1 from first cn, p1, sl 2 sts (k2) to cn and hold in front, sl 2 sts (p2) to second cn and hold in back, k2 from left needle, p2 from second cn, k2 from first cn, p2, k2. ROW 10: Rep Row 2. ROW 11: Rep Row 1. ROW 12: P2, sl 4 sts (k2, p2) to

cable needle and hold in front, slip only the purl wale stitch(es) to the second cable needle and hold in back, knit the stitch(es) from the left needle, purl the stitches from the second cable needle, knit the stitches from the first cable needle. You can see why I call this the “raise the wales” method. The knit wales come forward to cross on top of the purl wale between them. Unlike regular cables, which show a pinched area of crossed purl on the back, a reversible piece looks like ribbing on

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