Over Christmas I decided that in 2015 I would work on some designs featuring some fabulous cables, more complex than those I had previously tried my hand at. My sister is currently expecting a baby, and obviously is in need of a blanket. My brother in law wears a lot of heavily cabled jumpers, so I decided that this baby's blanket should be the start of my adventure in cables. I spent many hours over the holidays doodling how I'd like the cable to look, then meticulously charting and knitting the cable to be how I wanted it to be (this took several attempts, the first iteration had too few cables, the second the cables were too close together, the third the maths meant the cable didn't work. And those were only the full drafts, there were plenty of other rubbings out going on!). Charting cables is harder than I thought it would be! I've had to think about all sorts of things I hadn't considered before: which way should one strand of the cable lie over another; what should you do with the edge stitches; what type of border should I use; how should I compensate for the cables pulling the fabric inwards? But it's been fun, and excellent mental exercise.
|Several swatches later...|
|Making good progress!|