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Cables Untangled: An Exploration of Cable Knitting Hardcover – October 24, 2006
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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!
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Received it promptly and in like-new condition. Full of great cable stitch patterns. Can't wait to start trying some of them. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lucille
For any cable knit lover! Detailed pattern instructions. Easy to follow. Beautiful projects. Highly recommended for anyone who loves to knit cables.Published 21 months ago by Annette R.
Lots of good cables and information on knitting them. Not sure that I needed a whole book though. However it does give me the advantage of having everything in one book.Published on January 14, 2014 by Dandelion
Cables are easier than you think. Dip in and you will come up with projects that will inspire and impressPublished on December 20, 2013 by deb
JUST STARTED KNITTING CABLE. A FRIEND WANTS A PILLOW COVER. GOING TO BE ABLE TO KNIT WHAT SHE WANTS NOW.Published on December 8, 2013 by Paulette Haycook
Have not began using yet but it is cooling off so this is when I begin ordering yarn and start my hobby. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by L Boogie47
I learned how to knit cables from this book. The explanations, pictures and diagrams are all excellent. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Not her real name
This is the almanac for cable stitches! I will have to study the diagram process a little longer but by reading the directions, you can complete the cable.Published on April 28, 2013 by D. Tews