Winter Cable Knits with Kathleen & Amy

Cable knits Roam Tunic

Roam Tunic by Amy Christoffers

Here at Interweave, November is cable month. We’re celebrating by knitting cables, wearing cables, and talking about cables.

Today, Knitscene editor Amy Palmer and I are sharing two of our favorite cable knits, the Roam Tunic and the Caftan Pullover.

Amy knit the Roam Tunic; here’s her story:

“I love the look of heavily cabled sweaters, but I also really love fast projects. Amy Christoffers’ Roam Tunic from Interweave Knits Fall 2012 fits the bill perfectly.

It’s knit in bulky yarn—I used Brown Sheep Nature Spun Chunky—on size 10 needles. The big, beautiful cables on the front and back are fun to knit and easy to memorize.

The kangaroo pocket in the front is one of my favorite parts! I wear this tunic frequently when the weather gets cold. The wool keeps me nice and warm, and not having much in the way of sleeves means it fits easily under any coat I want to wear.”

Amy’s work is beautiful. Dare I add the Roam Tunic to my queue? I think I must.

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Amy Palmer in her lovely Roam Tunic

Waaaaay back in 2010, I knit the Caftan Pullover as part of a Knitting Daily knit-along. It was lots of fun to knit and commune with other knitters working on the same project. If you haven’t taken part in a knit-along, I highly recommend it.

This pattern, by Norah Gaughan, is gorgeous. As you can see from the photos below, I sewed up the front and didn’t add the buttons. These modifications make the sweater much more wearable for me. I didn’t like how the front flapped open, and it wasn’t very flattering on me. A few minutes with a needle and thread fixed all that! I was afraid the buttons would catch on things in my day to day activities, so I left them off; I think the cables stand on their own, and I don’t miss the buttons.

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Caftan Pullover by Norah Gaughan

I used an applied I-cord as my edging around the neckline, and it’s a great finish. I did a tutorial for this technique; I hope you’ll try it.

Celebrate cable month with us! Get your hands on one or both of these cable knits and cast on some cables.


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