A new way to read a cable chart

Cable charts can sometimes look more complicated than the cables themselves! Leave it to Lily Chin to simplify these charts and make them easier to follow.

Here's an example of one of Lily's new charts:

Honeycomb Cable, Lily Chin's Way
CO 32 sts (8 sets, 4 sts in each set)
Work 8 rows in St st.
*First crossing row: [Work 4/4 Left Cross (cn in front). work 4/4 Right Cross (cn in back)] 2 times.
Work 7 rows in St st.
Second crossing row: [Work 4/4 Right Cross (cn in back), work 4/4 Left Cross (cn in front)] 2 times.
Work 7 rows in St st.
Repeat from * for pattern.

Take a look at the chart to the left of the swatch. The numbers at the bottom of the chart represent the number of stitches you're crossing as each cable is worked. In this case, you're crossing 4 stitches over 4 stitches. The numbers at the right of the chart represent the number of plain (non-crossing rows) worked between crossing rows. (What isn't shown in this chart are the garter stitch edging stitches, which were done just for the swatch.)

Homeycomb V-Neck Pullover from Lily Chin's book Power Cables

The honeycomb cable knitting pattern is a classic, and one of my personal favorites. Lily has used it expertly in her Honeycomb V-Neck Pullover, shown at left. Lily paired the honeycomb pattern with a simple rope cable to make a classic, yet updated Aran sweater. I think the V-neck is wonderful in this design, making it a great unisex sweater.

Lily's Reversible Cables: More Bang for Your Buck

I learned so much from Lily's DVD workshop Reversible Cables with Lily Chin. She gives an in-depth lesson on her charting system, which really makes so much more sense than traditional cable charts.

Lily is a wonderful teacher, and she's really funny, too. One of her tips really hit home with me: "I'll be right back" is what she says to remember that when working right-crossing cables you hold the cable needle in back.

Reversible cables are the ultimate in versatility. You can use them in scarves, shawls, afghans, lapels, and more, and they're easy to work because they're simply knit in ribbing instead of plain stockinette. This puts knit stitches on the front and back of the work, making the cables look great on either side.

Staghorn Cabled Coat

Another favorite of mine is Lily's Staghorn Cabled Coat, which features staghorn cables on the cuffs, hemline, and lapels. When the staghorn cable is worked as a reversible cable it reverses direction, so you have "Ws" on one side and "Ms" on the other. I love this because it adds even more interest to the garment.

Now Lily's workshop is available as a download, so you can watch it anytime you want to, right on your computer. That's how I watched it! I urge you to download Reversible Cables with Lily Chin today and let Lily open the door to a whole new world of cable knitting!


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