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Cable patterns

Knitters Inc.

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Apr 21, 2007, 1:06am Top

I've just started learning how to work cables. It's been pretty easy for me to pick up and school will be ending very soon, so I will have more time to fiddle with "travelling cables." I've been searching the internet, and I've fallen for hourglass cables. There is a basic sample on the Lion Brand website, but I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find variations on this. Thanks so much!

Apr 21, 2007, 9:41am Top

The Barbara Walker books have a wealth of cable patterns to try.

Apr 22, 2007, 1:20pm Top

I like Vogue Stitchionary book 2 on cables. It has them divided into different types, beautifully illustrated and there are instructions in both words and charts. Cables!

Apr 26, 2007, 9:25pm Top

I have worked with 220 Aran Stitches and Patterns, one of the Harmony guides -- lots of cable stitches, pictures, how-tos, and a short history of aran knitting.

May 2, 2007, 11:25am Top

Here here for Barbara Walker!

May 2, 2007, 3:01pm Top

I've just gotten Cables Untangled and it looks pretty good. I can't remember if there are hourglass cables in it or not, though.

May 4, 2007, 10:37pm Top

I have a huge book of patterns, lace, bobbles and cables. I'll find it tomorrow, and post the title/author. I use it to get ideas.

Meantime, do any of the books you all have mentioned have have the "old" names for the cables/patterns that go into Dutch or fishermen knit sweaters?

As I recall some of the cables/patterns had quaint names, e.g., antlers (may be the hour glass cable?), harpoons, ropes, honeycomb, etc. etc. My book doesn't have those names.

If anybody's Catholic out there, I knit a "rosary scarf" for a friend decades ago with a cable in the center (Hail Mary on each twist), and a branching cable ending in three bobbles (Glory Be on the bobbles).

The bobbles had to come at every 10th twist. It was actually kind of fun as an exercise to plan this out, and the pattern was quite pretty.

Of course, you say the prayers while you knit the twists/bobbles.

I learned from my Folk Socks book that the Arabs, whence knitting seemed to originate, used to knit in holy passages and prayers into their socks. She has a gorgeous adaptation of a pair in blue and white in her book.

May 4, 2007, 11:45pm Top


I finally remembered to check my Barbara Walker books when I got home The first treasury of knitting patterns (the blue one) which has an hourglass cable an hourglass eyelet pattern and a basic latice cable which is says is related but it is more an allover pattern as opposed to a panel pattern but the trellis with moss stitch in the same volume looks promising. Volume II has a counter twisted cable and some diamond cables that are in the same vein but have more twists.

If you can go to a store and look at a copy you'd probably get an idea of what you want or you might try searching trellis diamon latice or oval with cables and see if you find something similar on the internet.

nohrt4me is right there are often multiple name for the same pattern- Walker will often include multiple names in her descriptions.

There is a dover book Patterns for Jerseys, Gernseys and Arans by Gladys Thompson that my mom has but I don't recall whether or not it had a history of naming.

There is a site called www.clanarans.com which shows the tradition arans for various family names but I didn't see a pattern book- still one could extrapolate from the photos . . .

May 5, 2007, 9:12am Top

My cable book is The New Knitting Stitch Library by Lesley Stanfield. It's a great resource--more than just cables, but some beautiful ones.

Thanks for the lead above! I'm going over to clanarans.com right now to look.

May 8, 2007, 10:41pm Top

nohrt4me - I would love to see a picture or pattern of the rosary scarf if you have one. That sounds like a great idea.

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May 9, 2007, 9:22am Top

If you like Norse and Celtic art, you might enjoy Viking patterns for knitting : inspiration and projects for today's knitter. The sweater designs themselves are a bit clunky imo, but there are lots of cable patterns and quite a bit about how she's designed them based on rune stones, decorative designs on sword handles and so on.

May 10, 2007, 8:55am Top

kristinmm, I really wish I had a picture of that scarf--it was about 15 inches wide, so could double as a wrap.

I knitted some "rosary socks" when a friend had cancer. She had to lie around the chemo clinic for long periods of time for chemo, then thoracentisis. So I made her some wild socks. They attracted a lot of attention from the nurses and people would stop by to chat with her.

I just adapted a plain sock pattern for this; just make sure that the number of stitches in the cuff is divisible by 10 (I used 40 stitches).

I used a rolled-top cuff, which isn't binding (my friend was retaining a lot of fluid).

Just under the rolled top, I knit three rows in three different colors for the Creed, Our Father and Glory Be. Then I knit a row with 10 mini-bobbles (every four stitches) in another color.

Then another color row for the Hail, Holy Queen.

It's a great way to use up a lot of little left-over balls, if you've got some in the same type of yarn. I've made my son socks in the same colors, but with different patterns (or reverse patterns) on each. He loves these.

I like Encore worsted weight, part wool. It's an inexpensive yarn, but it's very colorful, machine washable and holds it shape nicely without being tight.

I know this is totally off-topic, but knitting these kinds of things is therapy for those of us who have sick friends and relations and feel helpless in the face of a serious or terminal illness. Saying the prayers with the patterns was useful for me as a Catholic (and I hope for my friend). But if you're not Catholic--or even a believer--you could say your own prayers or favorite poem or inspiring quote or something.

kinimond, I LOVE Norse art. Thanks for the Viking pattern lead.

May 10, 2007, 8:58am Top

P.S. to marensr, that clanarans site was really helpful. The symbology behind the patterns was exactly what I was looking for. It was fun trolling the various family patterns. I wonder if these are traditional or just made up by the company?

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