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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1 edition (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307586480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307586483
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melissa Leapman is a widely published sweater designer whose patterns have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knitter’s, McCall’s, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Knit It!, and Interweave Knits magazines. Leapman has worked as a freelance designer for many leading ready-to-wear manufacturers, noted design houses, and major yarn companies. In addition, her knitting, crochet, and design workshops are extremely popular with crafters at all skill levels. She lives in New York City.


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I learned how to knit cables from this book.
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Leapman's book is very nice: photography, techniques clearly explained, ideas for further development including a stitch dictionary, and reasonable patterns.
Eleanor Cavin
Very explicit explanations and the pictures are gorgeous!
Linda Ferrara

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86 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Knits in Tardis VINE VOICE on January 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Yeah, I'm chickening out with the question mark, but I suppose if you really dislike cables...(and you might even re-think that one after pouring over this book.) But I haven't seen any of my guild sisters page through for 5 minutes before deciding that this was a "must have".

I won't reiterate the praise below, beyond the mention that as someone who tends to find patterns either too trendy/youth-oriented or too dowdy and dull, I really loved the ones in this book. This after being kind of "eh!" about her other recent books: "Hot Knits" and "Cool Crochet". These cabled patterns are "safe" insofar as they are wearable by a variety of ages and body types, but they are NOT boring. (It's really nice when a book that teaches also has patterns that you'd want to buy for their own sake.)

These days, with the influx of newcomers to the craft and a plethora of "quick and EZ" pattern books, it's a joy to see a high-quality, educational knitting book that is aimed at the experienced or advanced beginners - or even just ambitious beginners - among us. Dear publishers: More of This!
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is a combination stitch dictionary for textured, cable stitches and a pattern book.

The patterns include a very nice fringed skirt, where the cables end in fringe around the hem. There are standard men's and women's and kids' pullovers and a beautiful Aran afghan, by far my favorite of the designs. There is also a bag, pillow, hat, scarf, vest, poncho and afghan made of squares. I saw no jackets nor cardigans. The patterns are fairly basic, though a pillow in an all-over two-color cable was rather intricate-looking, but probably not terribly hard to knit.

You could adapt any of the patterns to use the other stitch designs in the stitch dictionary.

There is a front section of HOW-TO, for the newbie who has never cabled or done twisted stitches before. So I'd say this is a great book for new knitters who love cables and would like to know where to start. As you learn, you won't outgrow this book.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By G. Boone on December 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In addition to everything the other reviewers have discussed, there is also a great section on how to do cables WITHOUT a cable needle. It takes some practice, but I have already applied the technique to a cable project I have been working on - successfully. I also wish there was more on reversible cables, but overall a great book.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I really wanted a cable knitting book, and this one seemed perfect. First off, the projects in this book are lovely, they will make your fingers itch with a desire to start knitting. There is the normal cable knit hat and scarf, a few allover cable pattern sweaters, a rug, an afghan or two (patchwork and panel), a few pillows, and a panel cable v neck sweater vest. All the designs in this book are wearable and usable. If you're looking for project inspiration, this book might work for you.

HOWEVER. You might find, as I did, that the lovely projects are not worth the headache. I am not an expert knitter, and I do not bill myself out that way. I have experience with cable patterns (mostly scarves). I can read a cable pattern if it is written as such: "k4, C4B, k4". I have trouble with charts for cabling. This book ONLY has charts. It does NOT write out the pattern. And my god, there are a lot of different cable abbreviations. It looks like a slanted line and a series of dots and dashes on a knitting chart. Frankly, it was too much for me. It felt too much like Morse Code.

So if you're like me in that regard, you might want to consider alternative books, such as The Knitter's Bible by Claire Crompton, and The Ultimate Sourcebook of Knitting and Crochet Stitches by Reader's Digest. I own both, and they are an invaluable resource. They also have lots and lots and lots of cable stitches, and amazing explanations. Why did I even want another cable book, you ask? The Reader's Digest book does not have projects, it is more inspiration to design your own. And the Knitter's Bible has lovely projects, very wearable and well explained and usable, but I wanted something new.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Ann Saglimbene on November 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Melissa has done it again! I have other books by this wonderful author and am very happy that I purchased this cable instructional guide.

Ms. Leapman explains things in an easy to follow format and makes the reader feel that any pattern is possible.

I have not been able to put this book down since it arrived last week. Every time I skim through it, I find anther helpful hint or technique. I have been knitting for a long time but found this book very enlightening. I can't wait to start on several of the projects.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Carol M on November 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The only thing lacking in this wonderful book is a section on reversible cables. There is one pattern for a reversible cable scarf, but no other reversible cables are mentioned. I was slightly disappointed to find that this was the case, however, it is a lovely book and I'm sure it is one that I will refer to again and again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Liat2768 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lovely book. Well presented collection of the variety of cable patterns and techniques with good explanations. A little piece on the history of Aran knitting and perhaps on the supposed meaning of some of the cables might have added to the charm of the book. But for a terrific history and explanation of the technique see Starmore's classic work 'Aran Knitting".
The patterns in the book are refreshingly contemporary without being boring or just too funky. There is a timeless style to the patterns unlike many of the knitting books out today whose patterns will be outmoded in no time at all. The explanations and charts are clear and easy to follow.
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