My Cable Obsession and Free Cable Patterns

Good Saturday, loves!

So this has been a hectic week with all of the renovations STILL going on! On top of that, we’re STILL waiting for a stove… Luckily, that stove is coming this week, and I can finally start cooking at home again. I’m so over take-aways and salad! Don’t get me wrong, salads are great, and healthy, and are wonderful on hot days…. But I’m missing the process of cooking, and experimenting with recipes, and just plain sitting down to a hot meal…

On top of all of that, we’ve had a change of plans, and will start re-packing everything again… That deserves a post of its own!

On the knitting front, I’ve started The Vacation Knit, and although I was a little apprehensive, since it’s my first cable project, I’m doing very well. I did choose this one based on the fact that it looked like an easy knit. And the pattern is easy to memorize, as well. So I can pick it up at any point and continue on.  I feel as though I could be making faster progress with this, but again, with all of the renovations and packing, I’ve been distracted.

 

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But now I can’t wait to finish so I can start on some other cable patterns I’ve found! Am I going to share? Of course I am!!

This first one, Nennir, (below) is inspired by Celtic knots. I’m IN LOVE with this one! I’m also loving that this pattern can be easily made into a larger scarf, or even blanket. It’s knitted flat, which will help with the cable work.

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© lucyhague

 

For a hat option, this Quick Cable Slouch Hat, (below) is a perfect for Fall! I love that it’s simple, but looks difficult! This would be beautiful knitted up in a “fall-ish” color; I’m thinking an orangey-red.

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by azure-m

 

The Fisher Cable Hat, (below) is great for the man in your life. Also simple, but the detailed edging makes it interesting. A quick knit, for a last minute gift! I’m thinking a great weekend project for my honey!

© Lindsey Felice, 2011

© Lindsey Felice, 2011

 

Oh, this one would be so cozy, sitting next to a fire in October! (It would probably take me that long to knit it up!) Aidez, (below) got a 4.4 rating on Ravelry, and the difficulty is just under medium… Hmm… I think I’ll give the above projects a go, before embarking on this one! But I can’t help myself, and will probably take up the challenge sooner (and then won’t be done until December)!

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by ciriliarose

by ciriliarose

by ciriliarose

Well, there you have it! My obsession with cables is getting the better of me, and I think I may have to grow another pair of hands to complete all the projects I want… :::sigh::: Well, I was warned that knitting was going to take over my life… I just didn’t know how much! And I love every minute of it!

xo

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Favorite Knitting Sites & Current Projects

I started knitting this year as sort of a New Year’s Resolution to learn something new, and I fell in love!

I’m also on Ravelry, where I list all of my projects and favorite patterns!

So far, here are my favorite knitting sites for patterns, shopping, and more:

  • The Purl Bee by Purl Soho – Most of the projects I’m working on are from The Purl Bee. I just love their patterns, and they have a lot of free ones to choose from. They also stock great yarns and project kits. If you’re into other fiber crafts, they also have tutorials and patterns for weaving, sewing, and embroidery, along with other crafty projects.
  • Wool and the Gang – You can purchase already made knits, or the actual items to make your own!
  • New Stitch a Day – This guy is amazing! His detailed tutorials really helped me when I started knitting. He takes his time and shows you, in detail, every stitch.
  • Expression Fiber Arts – Chandi is great when it comes to her tutorials, plus she hand dyes her own yarn that you can purchase online. On her blog, she also shares free patterns and where to find them!

Current Projects

I’m currently working on several projects. Call it the gemini in me; I just have to be working on multiple things at one time!

Whisper Wrap

It was summer here in South Africa when I started this wrap, I was trying to get ready for the winter…. Well, it’s winter now, and The Whisper Wrap by Purl Bee is taking a loooong time! Granted, it uses lace weight yarn. And with only a couple of minor mistakes, it’s turning out pretty nice!

Needles: US 6 circular

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Cap-Sleeve Lattice Top

Another one by Purl Bee, this Cap-Sleeve Lattice Top is coming along a little slowly. Could be because I’ve been distracted by starting other projects at the same time! It also doesn’t help when Mia uses it as a bed….

Needles: US 6, US 8, straight

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Diamond Lace Scarf

I figured I could score some brownie points with the future mother-in-law, so I decided to make her a scarf.  This project is a combination of two patterns I took from the book “A Little Course in Knitting.” I started with eight rows of a regular double moss stitch, and started the lace pattern for the body of the scarf. I’m still trying to decide whether I should incorporate other patterns, or just keep it simple with the main lace.

Needles: US 6 straight

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The Boyfriend Hat

Ok, so for my last project I’m currently working on, I decided to make a hat for my fiancé. He doesn’t like bulky items, so I got this pattern from Purl Bee (again), to make The Boyfriend Hat. SUPER simple pattern!

Needles: US 4 circular

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Past Projects

To see my last projects, click here and scroll down!

What are you currently working on? Let me know in the comments below!

Knitting: Diamond Lace Scarf

Diamond Lace Scarf

I decided to finally start on a project for my future mother-in-law. I’ve noticed she loves wearing thin scarfs, and thought a lacy looking one would be fab to add to her collection.  Plus, I picked up this beautiful coral yarn from my local haberdashery (I didn’t even know what one was until I moved to South Africa).

This project is a combination of two patterns I took from the book “Little Book of Knitting.” I started with a regular double moss stitch, and started the lace pattern for the body of the scarf. I’m still trying to decide whether I should incorporate other patterns, or just keep it simple with the main lace. Once I’m finished, I’ll block it to make the eyelets more noticeable, and overall have more drape to it, instead of being thick and chunky.

Needles: US 6 straight

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For a list of my completed and current projects, click here. If you want to know the pattern, let me know and I’ll post a follow-up!