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pow e r cables L i Ly C h i n the ultimate guide to knitting inventive cables

Phony Cables: Turnaround Shawl Reversible Textural Cables: Coat with Fold-back Lapels contents basic cable primer ribbed reversible cables (or ribbles) Basic Theory Stitch Multiples Gauge Considerations Preferred Fibers Charting Fli pped Sides Details (side edges, separator stitches) p rojects Directions of Cables Charting (Traditional and My Revolutionary New Charting Sys tem) Designing Your Own Cable Patterns Incorporating Cables Into Projects Cables Without a Cable Needle; Double Crossing project Honeycomb V-neck Pullover Reversible-cuff Socks Twisted-rib Reversible Scarf Fishermans-rib Turtleneck wide-rib cables Creating Reversibility Identical vs Fraternal Varying Widths Varying Crossing Ro ws Cables in the Round project textural cables Changing Textures Reversibility Charting Combinations; More Involved Patterns Se tting Off Strands; Extra Textures projects Wide-rib Scarf Textured Tote Coat with Fold-back Lapels

Raised-wale Cables: Reversible Hat Ribbed Reversible Cables: Twisted-rib Reversible Scarf Ribbed Reversible Cables: Fishermans-rib Turtleneck colorful cables Basics Cheats Reversible Bi-colored Brioche Rib p rojects combination & specialty cables Two-color; Raised Wales; Dropped Stitches projects Bicolor Brioche Stole Pinstripe Pullover Woven-strands Pullover Two-tone Scarf Dropped-stitch Reversible Afghan Turnaround Shawl traveling-stitch cables Basics Background Stitches Reversibility projects phony cables Passing Through Strips; Turnaround Stitches; I-cord; Yarnover-wrap projects Five-way Shrug Mans Vest Two-Colored Purse Wine Hoodie raised-wale cables Basics Reversibility project Reversible Hat and Mittens

textured tote Work in Body patt until piece measures 10" (25.5 cm) from pick-up row, ending af ter Rnd 2 of patt. Finished size 5" (12.5 cm) bottom and side, 161/2" (42 cm) wide, 11" (28 cm) tall, 24" (61 cm) straps. This roomy ToTe is a perfect example of what happens when you cable a set of pla iner stockinette stitches with a set of richly textured ones! The contrast betwe en the smooth stockinette and the bumpy garter stitches creates an almost gnarly effect. yarn Worsted weight (Medium #4). Shown here: Berroco Linen Jeans (70% rayon, 30% line n; 80 yd [73 m]/50 g): Fiddlehead #7443, 12 skeins. needLes U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm): 24" (60 cm) circular (cir) and set of 4 doublepointed (dp n). Adjust needle size tote bottom Using the chain or crocheted method (see Glossary), CO 38 sts. Set-up row: (RS) Knit. Rep Rows 112 of Bottom pattern 10 times, then rep Rows 19 once more. Next ro w: K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, ssk36 sts rem. Do not turn. if necessary to obtain the correct gauge. noTions Stitch markers (m); four stitch holders; cable needle (cn); tapestry needle. trim Next rnd: [k1, p1] 8 times, k1, p2tog, *[k1, p1] 15 times, k1, p2tog; rep from * to last 14 sts, [k1, p1] 7 times 320 sts rem. Work [k1, p1] rib as established f or 1" (2.5 cm). Next rnd: (strap set-up rnd) BO 55 sts in rib patt, *[k1, p1] 9 times, k2* (21 sts on right needle for shoulder strap), BO 43 sts in rib patt, r ep from * to *, BO 75 sts in patt, rep from * to *, BO 43 sts in rib patt, rep f rom * to *, BO rem 20 sts of rnd. Cut yarn and draw through last st of rnd. GauGe 31 sts and 36 rows = 4" (10 cm). 36 sts in Bottom patt (without selvedges) = 5" (12.5 cm). body With RS facing, rotate Bottom piece 90 and place marker (pm). Pick up and knit (s ee Glossary) 129 sts along side of Bottom, pm, pick up and knit 36 sts along CO edge, pm, pick up and knit 129 sts along other long edge, pm for beg of rnd330 st s. Join for working in the rnd. noTe Bottom of tote is worked first, then sts are picked up from all sides and worked upward in the round. power cables 5

12-row/rnd repeat tote Chart Stitch chart 20 18 16 14 12 10 33-st repeat for Bag Body 38-st pattern for Bag Bottom 12-row/rnd repeat 8 6 4 2 k on RS; p on WS p on RS; k on WS sl 3 sts onto cn, hold in back, k3, k3 from cn sl 3 sts onto cn, hold in front, k3, k3 from cn 33-st repeat for Bag Body 38-st pattern for Bag Bottom Stitch Guide k on RS; p on WS 3/3RC (3 over 3 left cross): Sl 3 sts to cn and hold in sl 3 sts onto cn, hold in back, 3/3RC (3 over 3 right cross): Sl 3 sts to cn and hold in k3, k3 from cn sl cn. back of work, k3, k3 from 3 sts onto cn, hold in front, k3, k3 from cn front of work, k3, k3 from cn. p on RS; k on WS Rows 10 and 12: Knit. Rep Rows 112 for patt. Body Pattern: (multiple of 33 sts) R nd 1: *K3, [p3, k3] twice, p6, [k3, p3] twice; rep from * to end. Rnd 2: *K3, 3/ 3LC, 3/3RC, k6, 3/3LC, 3/3RC; rep from * to end. Rnds 3, 5 and 7: *P3, [k3, p3] twice, k6, [p3, k3] twice; rep from * around. Rnds 4 and 6: Knit. Rnd 8: *K3, 3/ 3RC, 3/3LC, k6, 3/3RC, 3/3LC; rep from * to end. Rnds 9 and 11: Rep Rnd 1. Rnds 10 and 12: Knit. Rep Rnds 112 for patt. Bottom Pattern: (38 sts, or 36 sts + 2) Row 1: (WS) K1 (selvedge st), [p3, k3] t wice, p3, k6, [p3, k3] twice, p3, k1 (selvedge). Row 2: K1 (selvedge), k3, 3/3LC , 3/3RC, k6, 3/3LC, 3/3RC, k3, k1 (selvedge). Rows 3, 5, and 7: K1 (selvedge), [ k3, p3] twice, k3, p6, [k3, p3] twice, k3, k1 (selvedge). Rows 4 and 6: Knit. Ro w 8: K1 (selvedge), k3, 3/3RC, 3/3LC, k6, 3/3RC, 3/3LC, k3, k1 (selvedge). Rows 9 and 11: Rep Row 1. 6 textured tote

t echniqu e changing textures I stated in Chapter 1 that cables are typically worked in stockinette stitch; we then saw in Chapter 3 how cables can be worked in ribbing to create reversibili ty. But what about other stitch patterns? The very first experiment I did when d eveloping reversible cables was to work them in garter stitch, which was far fro m successful. Not wanting to give up on garter stitch altogether, I experimented and researched some more. I discovered that in order for any other textured sti tch (such as garter or seed stitch) to be incorporated into a viewable cable, it must be confined to or contained within only one strand or set of stitches. The other set must be stockinette (or ribbing, which draws in and looks like stocki nette). Basically, view this as a mixed pair! See how the other texture snakes its way around the stockinette or rib column? The idea is to have contrast between the smooth and the textured. Not only do alternating textures emphasize movement , they also impart another layer or dimension. Experiment with reverse stockinet te crossed with stockinette. Both garter and seed stitch are reversible stitches . Combining either one with stockinette in a cable creates a somewhat reversible cable. When either texture is combined with ribbing in a cable, however, the re sulting pattern is fully reversible. The only difference between fronts and backs is that the textu res are the opposite: whereas the seed stitch shows up on top after the first cr ossing on one side, stockinette shows up on top after this first crossing on the other side. Then stockinette winds up on top after the second crossing on one s ide and seed stitch is on top after the second crossing on the other side. Cable s are highly textural to begin with, but the addition of other textures besides smooth stockinette can really throw your cables into high relief. Even more orig inal patterns can emerge. power cables 7

cable with Intimidated by cables? Power Cables rom the most basic twisted stitches Master knitter Lily Chin shares her ating reversible cables in thorough confidence Inside readers will learn: Basic instructions for a variety of cables, from simple to sculptural 15+ origin al patterns for pullovers, jackets, bags, socks, accessories, and more that high light cables in texture, color, and nontraditional explorations A new charting technique that shows cables clearly In-depth instruction on creat ing reversible cables Invaluable tips and tricks, including how to design custom cable patterns I can guarantee that once youve picked up Power Cables, youll never look at cable s titches the same way again. What are you waiting for? Adventure awaits! JANet SzABo, author of The I Hate to Finish Sweaters Guide, Aran Sweater Design, a nd Cables, Volume 1: The Basics, and publisher of Twists and Turns: The Newslett er for Lovers of Cable Knitting. Advanced beginners, expert knitters, and knitters with an interest in knitwear d esign will delight in Power Cables. Lily Chin has designed knitwear for magazines and yarn companies for nearly twen ty-five years. She has crocheted runway pieces for Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, and Vera Wang, and her work has been on the backs of cele brities and supermodels such as Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. She has appea red on the CBS Morning News, the DIY Network, HGTV, The Late Show with David Let terman, and The Martha Show. A noted instructor, Lily teaches workshops on knitt ing and crochet all over the world. She lives in New York City. Paperback, 81/2 x 9, 160 pages 50 photographs, 20 illustrations, and 40 charts I SBN 978-1-59668-167-5 $24.95 Available May 2010 teaches knitters to cable with confidence, f to complex and imaginative interpretations. signature and sought-after technique for cre detail.