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Power Cables Paperback – June 1, 2010
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"Those of us who accompany Lily on her knitting explorations are treated not only to the innovative designs that spring from her needles, but also to a thorough and patient explanation of the 'hows and whys' of new techniques so that we can incorporate them into our own knitting. I can guarantee that once you've picked up Power Cables, you'll never look at cable stitches the same way again." - Janet Szabo, publisher, Twists and Turns: The Newsletter for Lovers of Cable Knitting
"Lily Chin gives quite a comprehensive guide to techniques and patterns using different types of cables. The patterns are fresh and clearly written with helpful photos detailing the different cable styles." - Statesman.com
"A wonderful book and a must for anyone contemplating cable knitting." - Barnes and Noble Bookseller Picks
"Here are cables expected and surprising, simple and 'phony', rendered in brioche or intarsia, with suitable applications for every new idea guaranteed to open your switch stitching horizons. To take a class from Ms. Chin is to be charmed by her, and to leaf through one of her books is no less enchanting." - Twist Collective, April 2010
"Recommended for anyone who knits. I loved this book. When I first picked it up I practically drooled. The projects and illustrations made me want to grab my knitting needles and dive in headfirst. Cables. They scared me, but not with Lily Chin's instructions and charting system. I brought it to my knitting class and my instructor went to work on the Five Way Cabled Shrug. All of us were transfixed as she whipped out a pink vision of loveliness. Wow." - Goodreads.com, June 2010
"...this volume is packed with information to bring you to reversible cable confidence. It's like having an in-depth workshop with Lily herself in book form." - Knitcircus August 2010
"There is a reason this woman has such a reputation for being an innovative thinker and knitter, and she proves it yet again with this remarkable book. You know how mind-blowing Cat Bordhi's 'New Pathways for Sock Knitters' book was? How it turned almost everything you knew about socks on its ear? This is that kind of book. It makes you think about cables in a way you haven't thought about them before." - KnittingScholar.com
About the Author
Lily Chin has been a knitwear designer and instructor for more than 20 years and was named a "Master Knitter" by Vogue Knitting International. She has crocheted runway pieces for fashion designers Diane von Furstenburg, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, and Vera Wang, and her media appearances include the CBS Morning News, the DIY Network, HGTV, the Jane Pauley Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and the Martha Show. She is the author of Couture Crochet Workshop and Knit and Crochet with Beads. She lives in New York City.
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So - what will you find in this marvelous book?
--A way of charting cable designs that is so obvious that I have no idea why we haven't always done it this way. Lily will teach the method to you in a few minutes, and you will never feel intimidated by a complex cable again. Plus, her method allows you to extract the essence of a design, then expand or shrink it to fit your needs. And it is all so simple that you won't even be able to forget it.
--A comprehensive and engaging tour of each family of cabling possibilities, from traditional to freshly minted, from non-reversible to fraternally reversible to identically reversible, from single color to multi-color, from plain to textured, from traveling stitches to mock cables.
--A collection of beautiful cabled stitch patterns which can be used as a stitch dictionary. Check out the sensuous reversible "Textured OXO Cables" on page 71.
--Illustrations that will switch on light bulbs in your brain: check page 125 to immediately see why raised wale cables are a natural playground, or see pages 46-47 to understand how to easily visualize the difference between front and back of reversible cables.
--A collection of stunning cabled designs, including a man's vest (page 92) which I would say is the most handsome man's garment I have ever seen; a sumptuous "Five-Way Cabled Shrug" (page 101) with clever and simple construction, the photo so soft it is hard not to pet the page; several luscious scarves (both reversible, with beautiful edges); an XOX raglan turtleneck pullover (page 58) with a background fabric that shifts in subtle ways; and one of my favorites, a bi-color Brioche Shawl (page 118) which is timeless, rustic, elegant, earthy, and twisting with life.
If you have never worked cables before, this book would be a marvelous start, and will grow with you for years and years to come. If you are an advanced knitter, this book will make your brain sizzle with happiness.
Janet Szabo, author of two superb cable books, wrote a moving foreword for Lily, saying that this book "will stretch the horizons of even the most experienced knitters." I agree, and I wish you hours upon hours and years upon years of exploring cables.
And thank you, Lily, for how you enrich the knitting world, for your witty and bright and clear instruction, and for your unstoppable intelligence and energy that lets you share so much of such value with others. You have written a classic.
The first chapter is dedicated to 'Understanding Cables'. Ms. Chin discusses how the book is organized and gives a basic cable primer. In this chapter are samples of many cables and a lovely sweater pattern.
The other chapters are: Wide-Rib Cables, Ribbed Reversible Cables, Textural Cable, Traveling Stitch Cables, Colorful Cable, Raised Wale Cables, and Phony Cables. She ends the books with a chapter on Cable Integration. Each chapter has at least one pattern and some have more. There is a beautiful man's vest and a lovely mitten and hat set. There are several beautiful shawls.
I wish there had been more patterns in the book but it is a wonderful resource and I will use it primarily for that. The photos of the different cables are sharp and easy to see. There are pictures of just about every cable you could encounter and ideas about how to use all of them. This book is definitely for them for the intermediate and more experienced knitter.
Thank you Ms. Chin.
There are 15 patterns included in this soon to be classic knitting book. They are attractive, useful, and designed to hone your cable knitting skills.
I can't say enough about the layout of this book. Interweave Press is known for high quality publications, and this is certainly no exception. The charts and photos are large and clear. The instructions are well written and even you late night readers will find them making sense! I knew after reading the first chapter that this will be a book I refer to again and again. Especially innovative is her work with reversible cables. Scarves, shawls, and afghans never need to look less finished on the back side again!
Lily has a writing style that is witty and charming. You just feel throughout the whole book that she wants you to succeed in your cable creation adventures. She is right beside you every step of the way. Can't we all use a knitting friend like that?