Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book Review: Cable Ready





Title: Cable Ready: A Collection of 10 Easy-to-Master Cable Knitting Projects
Editor: Kara Gott Warner
ISBN: 978-1-59217-338-9
Publisher: DRG/House of White Birches
Approx. Retail Price: $14.95 (USD) / $17.95 (Canadian)
Craft: Knitting (Cables)
Patterns: 10
Availability: Paperback

Absolutely nothing says warm and snuggly in the winter months like cable-knits.  Cable knits are the epitome of comfy and cozy.  And not only do cables provide warmth, but they provide beauty.  Cables may look difficult, but they are actually very simple to whip up.  And nothing is simpler than whipping up cables in worsted, bulky, and super-bulky yarns!  Cable Ready utilizes these heavier weight yarns to emphasize cozy winter wear, while providing quick and interesting patterns!  The book includes a quick cable tutorial.

Here's a lowdown of the patterns:


Easiest Cable Shrug by Lorna Miser
  • A simple, basic rectangular shrug with seed stitch background & simple 2/2 LC cable and trimmed in a k2, p2 rib.  It's knit in one piece, folded and seamed.  That's it!
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Avail. Sizes: Women's Sm, Md, Lg, XL, 2XL
  • Worsted Wt
Magic Cable Cardigan by Lorna Miser
  • A textured cardigan with stockinette stitch front, ribbed sleeves & back and simple 2/2 RC cabled lower back panel and collar trim.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Avail. Sizes: Women's Sm, Md, Lg, XL, 2XL
  • Worsted Wt
Urban Flats by Nancy Rieck
  • A lovely knee-length, oversized stockinette stitch cardigan with 12/12 LRC cable collar detail and back rib inset.  
  • Skill Level: Experienced
  • Avail. Sizes: Woman's Sm, Md, Lg, XL, 2XL
  • DK/Light Worsted Wt
Diamond Cabled Cardi by Tabetha Hedrick
  • A raglan, short-sleeved sweater with unique diamond cablework front panels and stockinette stitch sleeves and back.The ribbed neck band is picked up later.  All pieces are knit separately and then seamed.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Avail. Sizes: Woman's Sm, Md, Lg, XL, 2XL
  • Worsted Wt
Celtic Kimono by Lynne LeBlanc
  • Highly textured kimono-style cardigan in Trinity St and Celtic Cables complete with pockets.
  • Skill Level: Experienced
  • Avail. Sizes: Woman's Sm, Md, Lg, XL, 2XL
  • Worsted Wt
Bobbles Beyond Compare by Daniela Nii
  • A super-bulky scarf with large main cable pattern and bobbles
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Avail. Sizes: One Size Fits All
  • Super Bulky Wt
Drunken Cable Cowl by Amy Polcyn
  • An abstract bulky cabled, slouchy cowl
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Avail. Sizes: One Size Fits All
  • Super Bulky Wt
Simplicity Cowl by Tabetha Hedrick
  • A super easy 2/2 LC cabled slouchy cowl that can be worn on the shoulders or the neck
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Avail. Sizes: One Size Fits All
  • Worsted Wt
Pebbles & Stones by Yumiko Alexander
  • Very bulky, cabled scarf using 2 different yarn wts to create textural interest.
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Avail. Sizes: One Size Fit All
  • Bulky Wt -and- Super Bulky Wt
Talik by Ashley Forde Rao
  • A bulky scarf that marries XOXO cables and giant bobbles to create a stunning and warm wardrobe staple
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Avail Sizes: One Size Fits All
  • Bulky Wt
I enjoyed this book.  Filled with bulky cables, it's the perfect go-to book for quick and beautiful gifts!  In just 10 patterns, Cable Ready provides a pattern for nearly every style from traditional to funky to classic to modern.  If you like big needle knits and simple cable work, this book is a must-have!  Like I said, it's a terrific resource for this upcoming gift-giving holiday season!

Disclosure: DRG sent a copy of Cable Ready to KnitPurlGurl FREE for review.  KnitPurlGurl was not compensated for the above blog post.  All opinions expressed in the above blog post are those of the blog author's and do not necessarily reflect those of DRG.


ONE NOTE: If you are new to cables, don't fret.The picture tutorial is fabulous.  BUT, one thing I've learned as a seasoned cable knitter is that instead of knitting the stitches from the cable needle, which can cause a small gap in the knitting, I like to put the stitches back on to the left needle and knit them from the needle.  But that is personal preference. 


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1 comment:

  1. Nice! Bulky cable pieces are great for quick gifts, I'll have to give this book a look if I see it in person.

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