Cable test

I love me a good pattern test, and I love knitting cables, so when Cinna Knits put out a call for testers I jumped at the chance.

This is just over half of a mini Chaos Cables cowl and I’m loving it. I’m already mentally digging through the stash for another yarn to use in the middle of a larger version.

You guys better get your hands on this when it comes out – it’s awesome!

Hannah

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Crafting Q & A

It’s Monday and I’m a bit bored, so I decided to join in the Q&A from Nothing But Knit!

Here goes:

1.Do you have a favorite crafting tool?

My Knitpro symfonie interchangeable cable needles are hands down my favourite things ever. I never knew knitting could be so smooth. Plus they’re absolutely gorgeous.

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2. Which do you prefer when you craft: listening to a podcast or music, watching something on tv or silence?

Definitely not silence, unless I’m having a particularly introvert-y day. Usually I ‘watch’ a film or TV series on my laptop.

 

3. Do you have a favorite designer that you’d like to recommend?

I’ve not actually bought one of her patterns yet, but I’m in love with everything Chantal Miyagishima (Knitatude on Instagram) has ever designed. Next pay day I’m going to get her chain link cowl pattern.

 

4. Most people have a favorite color, do you find you use it more than other colors? Is there a color you avoid? Why?

My favourite colour is Kelly green, but I hardly ever get to use it because yarn companies never seem to make it. “AVAILABLE IN 8637 SHADES!!” but none of them is Kelly green ¬_¬

I don’t particularly like orange, yellow, or brown so they very rarely turn up in my makes.

 

5. Have you experienced a crafting injury? If yes, what.

The usual repetitive strain in my wrist and shoulder. I quite often get a sore neck because my head tilts to the side when I get into the flow, and I never notice until an hour later when I try to straighten it and my muscles shout at me.

Oh and once I managed to slice my finger with some crochet thread, like a cheese wire. Good times.

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WIP Wednesday 18.04.18

Current WIP count: 6

I hit a bit of a snag with my Tunisian jumper, which serves me right for not reading the pattern fully before I started. I thought the section I’m working on now was the whole body piece, and I calculated the number of rows of each colour accordingly. Turns out this section only goes up to joining the sleeves and there’s a whole other section for the yoke.

So I had to frog aaaaaaall the way back to the first colour combo, leaving me with this.

Oh well, next time I will definitely remember to read the whole pattern first!

I’ve also been playing around with cables on a super duper simple cowl, using my favourite Lion Brand Landscapes colourway.

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It looks like a skirt right now because my circulars are so small, but trust me it’s a cowl!

I could really do with a row counter for this so I don’t have to keep going back and counting them manually every time I lose track, but hey, first world problems! It’s just a bit of fun for myself to practise my cabling, so I’m not terribly bothered if I go a bit wrong.

So that’s my WIPs for this week. What’s everyone else working on? Having a good week now the cold has finally naffed off? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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New stitches: knitted cables

 

I have noticed an issue with a lot of cable tutorial videos. They’ll tell you how to read charts or instructions for those 4, 6, 8 etc stitches. They show you how to cable left or right, placing the 2, 3, 4 stitches to the front or back. They can even show you how to do fancy stag head or owl cables, as many stitches as the cables need. And that’s it.

My first attempt looked a right mess because I did the cabling on every single row, when not one of those videos explained knitting straight rows in between.  My ‘cables’ also looked camouflaged, because none of them mentioned that cables stand out better against purl stitches. These seem like vital parts of cabling to me, so I don’t understand why they’re not included in cable tutorials!

Luckily, I found this video here, which explains it fully (if a bit waffle-y) and I saw where I’d been going wrong.  I also used this one to see how I could do it without a cable needle. Which is of course the method I use, as I’m too stingy to pay for a cable needle, and too lazy to dig out a thinner knitting needle when it can work perfectly well without.

At first I tried using some red yarn that was just sitting beside me on the sofa, forgetting that red is a terribly difficult colour to photograph!

So I just had to try again with a better colour

After figuring out the issues, I can’t believe how simple cabling is! I’ve always thought of them as a super advanced skill that I can only dream of one day mastering, and now I’m messing around making up my own (very simple) pattern with them.

So if anyone else is a bit scared of cables my advice is to just give it a go using a good tutorial. There’s nothing to lose, and an awesome new skill to gain!

Hannah

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