Designer Inspiration: Cables
I'm superexcited to show off my new pattern in the upcoming issue of Knitscene Spring 2015, the Katey Cowl! I love wide, plush cables, but they can difficult to work in thicker yarns. After playing with several different yarns, I settled on a merino/silk lace weight yarn, Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Silk Lace Weight. The finer yarn works so beautifully, giving the cables a little more depth and texture by folding into themselves. It's also great for a springy, three-season accessory, when it's a little too warm for a heavy scarf, but you still want a little extra something around your neck. I wear cowls year-round, partly to ward off overenthusiastic air conditioning and partly because I like to throw on a pretty little something with my t-shirts.
This would be a great intro to cables for a beginner knitter; the cable pattern is really easy, both to work and to memorize. Because the laceweight yarn is worked on larger needles, it's really stretchy and flexible, so the cables are easy to maneuver–no fighting with tight stitches that don't want to cross! They're also simple; you never need to cross more than one cable on a row, and there are plenty of "rest" rows of plain knitting between them. The pattern includes step-by-step instructions for grafting the cowl closed, so you can astound people with its seamlessness.
Check out this and all the other fantastic cabled projects in Knitscene Spring 2015! Which projects are you excited about?