artic cables

tonight brings us to the fourth and final chapter, cables! I didn’t realize until now how much bigger this chapter is.


 designed by andrea tung

both the scarf and hat in the cameron set are knit in the round with multiple strands of baby alpaca, making them quick knits for the winter. I love that the scarf is basically a big cable you get to wear.



 set designed by leah bear

I wish I had a photo of the hat from the top so you could see how the cables change size as you knit up the crown. the same thing happens with the booties but in reverse. you can knit the set out of one hank of pear tree 4 ply. the pattern is knit with their alpaca, but it’s easily subbed with the merino in the yarn bundle I’m giving away.


 designed by allison blevins

I said there wouldn’t be colorwork, but I didn’t say that there wouldn’t be stripes in this book. two shades of louet gems are used to create subtle stripes. subtlety continues with the tiny cables at the raglan line and along the sides, creating texture and shaping in an unexpected way.


 designed by allison blevins

I think of the victorian dress as the companion to the boy’s cabled raglan, this time with a little more spunk and in a solid shade of white. the raglan and side cables are combined with a picot edge, cabled ribbing, and little puff sleeves.


 designed by illanna weiner

the orchid sweater is a body hugging piece knit in my favorite yarn, laines du nord cashsilk. there are strategically placed slipped stitches at the bust that create shaping, while the cable and rib patterns draw the fabric in.


 designed by olga buraya-kefelian

chains of love is such a unique cami. the yarn is a blend of wool, silk, and milk protein. the cables on the body transition to chained i-cord straps. the yarn, tilli tomas elsie, is sold as a worsted weight but it really knits up as fingering or sport weight. trust me, the fabric and texture the smaller needles create is worth it.

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 designed by wakana gates

enchanted cables satisfies any cableholics needs. different cables patterns meander and mirror each other throughout this sweater. a pretty sophisticated one if you ask me. I could easily see see this as a man’s sweater.


 designed by leah bear

this sweater is for you malabrigo lovers out there. the loft of the yarn really shows off the texture of the seed and cable stitches. I love how the seed stitch changes to ribbing at an angle, echoing the raglan shaping in the upper body.

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my design
I was inspired to design this sweater by one I saw on the runway. I really liked the idea of a cabled sweater that was fitted rather than the boxy, oversized men’s sweaters I’m used to. I combined a simple cable stitch with ribbing to achieve a modern fit while the funnel neck continues the edgier look. the yarn, pear tree summit, is a merino perendale blend which creates a soft and rugged fabric.

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  • KSee October 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

    what wonderful pictures. I hope there are some large sizes included in the book. If not the kids will love what I knit. The hat and scarf are beautiful. That would work for me!!

  • Little Miss S. October 25, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    The orchid sweater and the last of the mens sweaters are so great looking. Perhaps I could smuggle one in for me, if I do a sweater for my boyfriend?

  • Rocky Moreno October 26, 2009 at 11:06 am


  • birana October 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Lovely men and boy sweaters in this chapter 😉

  • Seanna Lea October 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Gah! I love cables. Super duper love cables. I’m going to add this to my little wish list for the holidays (no more shopping for me for the rest of the quarter).

  • Louise October 28, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    They are all so beautiful! You are so clever!

  • Stephanie October 29, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Ooooh, I love your last sweater. If only I could convince the hubby to wear something like that.

  • Heather October 30, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Lord have mercy these cables are perfect–not over the type and insane, just right. Love the Orchid most especially:)