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Cable Left, Cable Right: 94 Knitted Cables

Cable Left, Cable Right: 94 Knitted Cables

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Cable Left, Cable Right: 94 Knitted Cables

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May 31, 2016
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Knitted cables, with their three-dimensional twists and turns, are a common element in lots of patterns — but most patterns don’t include directions for executing them. Cable Left, Cable Right, by expert knitter Judith Durant, eliminates the mystery with detailed, in-depth instructions for creating 94 different styles of cable, from perfectly plain to fantastically fancy. Close-up photos and clear instructions teach you the techniques you need, including design options like braids, diamonds, and pretzels so you can make your cables truly one-of-a-kind. This book is the perfect companion to any knitting pattern featuring cables, giving you the information and skills to make polished, beautiful, and unique cables for any project.
Sortie:
May 31, 2016
ISBN:
9781612125176
Format:
Livre

À propos de l'auteur

Judith Durant is the editor of the best-selling One-Skein Wonders series, which currently includes seven volumes; the author of Cable Left, Cable Right, Increase, Decrease, and Knit One, Bead Too; and the co-author of Knitting Know-How. Durant has been knitting for more than 50 years and has been writing and editing for more than 30 years. She currently lives in Lowell, Massachusetts. 


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Cable Left, Cable Right - Judith Durant

This book is dedicated to Barbara G. Walker, whose enormous contribution to knitting literature has been inspiring and helping knitters like me for many years.

Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Cable Basics

Terminology

Symbols for Charting

Working Cable Crossings

Chapter 2: Simple Cables

Standard Rope Cables

Varying Cable Size

Changing the Proportions

Combinations

Double-Crossing Cables

Chapter 3: Angles and Curves

Angles

Diamonds

Curves and Circles

Chapter 4: Braids and Pretzels

Braids

Pretzels

Combining Braids and Pretzels

Chapter 5: Fillers, Ribbings, and Allover Patterns

Fillers

Ribbings

Allover Patterns

Chapter 6: Dressing Up Your Cables

Adding Texture and Bobbles

Two-Color Cables

Beading Up Your Cables

Reversible Cable Methods

Chapter 7: Design Considerations

Balancing Patterns Vertically

Balancing Patterns Horizontally

Coping with Take-Up and Splay

Decreasing and Increasing in Cable Patterns

Index

Acknowledgments

Other Storey Books You Will Enjoy

Copyright

Share Your Experience!

Introduction

The World of Cables

Welcome to the world of knitted cables, where a simple alteration to a basic pattern can become a new and unique design. My goal here is to explain the fundamentals of cable technique so you can not only look at a fisherman knit sweater and know how it was done, you can even design your own.

Cables twist to the right or to the left, depending on how you manipulate the stitches. Cables can twist together like ropes or travel apart and come together again, crossing or not. They can stand alone in a panel, or they can be repeated to create an allover design. Cables can float on a ground of reverse stockinette stitch, or they can be filled in with moss or seed stitch. They can be worked for the entire length of a fabric, or they can stand alone and look like appliqués. They can even form ribbing and be used to pull in the bottom of a hat or a sweater.

In this book we’ll explore rope cables and other basic cables; angles and curves, including diamonds and circles; pretzels and braids; and fillers, ribbings, and allover patterns. Then we can spice things up by adding texture, color, and even beads to the cables. We’ll even dip into the world of creating reversible cables. The basic math necessary to combine cables of varied width and length will be covered, as will how to compensate for cable take-up and splay.

You’ll also learn how to read cable charts. Various publications use different symbols to mean the same thing, but the methods of creating the cables remain the same. With charted designs you can see from the symbol how many stitches are involved in turning the cable, whether the cable will be crossing right or left, whether it uses only knit stitches or a combination of knit and purl, and any other details specific to the particular crossing.

Plain or fancy, cables allow you to make a one-of-a-kind product. You can choose from among the hundreds of cable designs that are available in books such as A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, or Charted Knitting Designs, all by Barbara Walker; Vogue Knitting Stitchionary 2: Cables; The Harmony Guides 220 Aran Stitches and Patterns; or other collections. And with the understanding you gain here, you can alter any of those cable designs to make them unique, or even create your own.

Knit and cable on,

Chapter 1

Cable Basics

What is a knitted cable? The basis of a cable is that 1 or more stitches crosses 1 or more stitches immediately to the left or right of the original stitches; then all the stitches are knitted in this new order to create a pattern. To make the switch, a designated number of stitches is slipped to a cable needle; the cable needle is then held in front or in back of the work while you work a designated number of stitches from the left needle; finally, you work the stitches on the cable needle. The result will be a design of stitches that cross to the left or to the right, depending on whether you hold the cable needle with stitches in front or in back.

Terminology

Throughout the knitting literature available today, there are several terms used for the same cable action. For example, let’s look at a 4-stitch cable where 2 stitches change places with the adjacent 2 stitches.

If the crossing goes to the left, you may see this cable called any of the following:

C4L, cable four left

C4F, cable four front

4LC, four left cross

4FC, four front cross

2/2LC, two over two left cross

2/2FC, two over two front cross

2/2L, two over two left

2/2F, two over two front

If the crossing goes to the right, you’d see R (right) where the L appears or B (back) where the F appears in these names.

Now throw into the mix that cables can be worked in a combination of knit and purl stitches, meaning that knit stitches cross over purl stitches, and you may see these descriptors:

C4LP, cable four left purl

C4FP, cable four front purl

4LCP, four left cross purl

4FCP, four front cross purl

2/2LCP, two over two left cross purl

2/2FCP, two over two front cross purl

2/2LP, two over two left purl

2/2FP, two over two front purl

Since it is possible to make a cable crossing with 4 stitches that has 3 stitches crossing over 1, or vice versa, you can see that it

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  • (5/5)
    I''m so glad this isn't a written version of the patterns. It open several possibilities for me. I can easily incorporate this into my pattern chart when needed without twisting my head and wonder how to do it understandably.
  • (4/5)
    Interesting and useful, I think - I knit, but I've never done cables. I found several patterns here that I'd like to do (just need to think of a project they'd work on). The instructions seem clear - I prefer the written ones to the charts, but I can see the utility of the charts for a pattern with a long repeat. And I suspect I'll like the charts better when I'm more familiar with them. Besides the patterns, each accompanied with a knitted and nicely photographed swatch, there's several chapters of discussion of what cables are and how to use them, and tips and tricks for working with them, including one at the end on dealing with the fact that cables draw in the work - since they cross over, a piece with cables in it will be narrower than a piece with the same number of stitches and no cables. There are methods of dealing with that, and the author goes over them pretty thoroughly. I received a copy through NetGalley for review.
  • (5/5)
    Cable Left, Cable Right by Judith Durant is a very detailed and charming book on knitting patterns. The book is not for the very beginner who is just picking up a knitting needle for the first time but for the knitter who wants to learn some cool patterns and do them properly. She starts the book off by showing the tools and cable symbols that will be used in the book then goes on to show several close up and detailed images of the real knitting performed for that symbol. She does this with all the symbols so the reader knows what each one of the symbol is referring to. A handy tool to have! Next come the tips that are useful also. Soon she shows many patterns from simple to difficult, braiding, pretzels, combining, one to two colors, adding texture, fillers and bobbles, reversible, adding beads, all with patterns and wonderful close up images. I am not sure how many patterns are in the book but it is filled! She ends with design considerations such as increasing and decreasing patterns, calculating take-up and splay. I found it very interesting and informative. I received this book from NetGalley for a honest review and it in no way effected my rating or review content.
  • (2/5)
    "Cable Left, Cable Right" is a feeble offering compared to the Mon Tricot knitting dictionaries I use when designing fancy knitting projects. Too few patterns, too many words, assembled in drab Storey Publishing colors. Ms Durant prefers charted patterns over written ones so watch out if you have an astigmatism.If you want to knit cables, Mon Tricot knitting dictionaries can be found for nearly nothing in used book shops, library or community fundraising sales, or estate sales of people who knit. Even new online they are inexpensive. I think you will find them to be a much better value than this book.I received a review copy of "Cable Left, Cable Right: 94 Knitted Cables" by Judith Durant (Storey) through NetGalley.com.