This book. Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. Drool.
I saw it. And I bought it.
I don’t buy a lot of craft books. (Seriously, all of my books fit on one shelf!)
But I bought this one and love it. And I added my old cable stitch dictionary to my ‘Spring Cleaning’ pile. Because I don’t need it any more.
(does this inside cover give you an idea of all of the amazingness inside?)
I had read a lot of amazing reviews about this book, but I’m a bit of a skeptic. I thought, ‘oh, they’re probably just saying nice stuff because Norah Gaughan is really famous’. (geesh, that makes me sound really awful, doesn’t it? It’s just that in my job, I see a lot of books.) And the cable on the cover is nice, but it didn’t make me pass out from the amazingness.
But once my book arrived I discovered that my skepticism was unwarranted. It actually IS really amazing.
The introduction isn’t very long, but it’s packed with pretty juicy information. The topics covered include:
- Using a double point needle as a cable needle
- Left vs. Right slants
- How to slip stitches onto a needle & how to work the held stitches
- Cable terminology
- How to read cable charts
- Tips for keeping your place on a chart
- A full explanation of Norah’s own Stockinette Stitch Equivalent System (SSE), so you can swap different cable stitches into different patterns
- How to fix a mistake in a cable
- How to count cabled rows
I read the introduction and felt like, ‘Wow. That has everything I need to know.’
The cable designs (many not previously published) are just stunning. Look at this one.
Very few are this complicated… most of the stitch patterns are two notches above ‘simple’, but stunningly beautiful and hovering significantly below ‘crazily complex’. Which is exactly what you want in a stitch dictionary.
I fell in love with the Seed Rib Half Drop (#84 in the book) and cast on for a scarf immediately.
Isn’t it gorgeous? (The cable pattern, I mean… not my knitting!) It was so enjoyable to knit… I felt like each cable was a little piece of knitter’s candy. I just kept wanting to get to the next one!
The book also contains 15 projects, which are all quite lovely and creative projects using cables, in addition to the more than 150 stitch patterns in the book.
Whoa. This book is just plain fabulous. It’s Valentine’s Day. Treat yourself.