Cables Untangled: An Exploration of Cable Knitting

Overview

Beautiful, intricate, flowing, mysterious, iconic—cable knit sweaters are all that and more. They are classic, stylish wardrobe staples. For many of us, cables are the main reason we were compelled to learn to knit in the first place. But it’s necessary to be an ultra-advanced knitter to even think about knitting cables, right?

Not really. In Cables Untangled, widely published author, knitwear designer, and teacher Melissa Leapman demystifies this perennially popular technique, ...

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Overview

Beautiful, intricate, flowing, mysterious, iconic—cable knit sweaters are all that and more. They are classic, stylish wardrobe staples. For many of us, cables are the main reason we were compelled to learn to knit in the first place. But it’s necessary to be an ultra-advanced knitter to even think about knitting cables, right?

Not really. In Cables Untangled, widely published author, knitwear designer, and teacher Melissa Leapman demystifies this perennially popular technique, guiding the reader through the process step by step. Even if you’ve mastered just a few basic knitting techniques, you can turn out beautiful cables too!

A comprehensive resource book for knitters of all levels, Cables Untangled features over twenty cabled projects, from simple household items to clothing, fashion accessories, and gifts for virtually everyone on your list. Every project is beautifully photographed and includes useful detail shots of every piece of cabled fabric.

In addition to the projects, Cables Untangled includes an invaluable Cable Stitch Dictionary, giving you the tools to be a skilled and creative cable-knitter. Extra resources include:

• A guide to using knitting charts and understanding their symbols

• A comprehensive stitch library of both traditional and unusual rib, panel, and allover cable stitches, all clearly photographed and accompanied by easy-to-use charts

• Tips for designing your own projects

Throughout the book, Leapman relies on the techniques she has developed teaching her popular workshops—making the process easy and fun for anyone.

Here’s the book that will bring your knitting to a whole new level, help you impress family and friends with your beautiful creations, and open up a new world of creative opportunities. Without a doubt, Cables Untangled is an indispensable resource in helping you conquer—and enjoy!—cables. It’s the ultimate guide for beginners and seasoned knitters alike.

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For most needle crafters, cable knitting is regarded as a difficult advanced activity. Sweater designer and crafts writer Melissa Leapman insists that this elite reputation unnecessarily prevents knitters from enjoying a technique that is both creative and fulfilling. In her Cables Untangled, she sets patterns for more than 100 cable-stitch patterns and 20 sweater and accessory designs. The book also contains a comprehensive illustrated stitch library of traditional and unusual rib, panel, and allover cable stitches, augmented by easy-to-use charts; a guide to using knitting charts and understanding their symbols; and tips for designing your projects. An elegant craft resource.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400097456
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/24/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 769,503
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Leapman is a widely published sweater designer whose patterns have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knitter’s, McCall’s, Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens, Knit It!, and Interweave Knits magazines. Leapman has worked as a freelance designer for many leading ready-to-wear manufacturers, noted design houses, and major yarn companies. In addition, her knitting, crochet, and design workshops are extremely popular with crafters at all skill levels. She lives in New York City.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    The mystery of cables is revealed

    I taught myself how to knit, and and I wanted to learn how to cable. (Knitting Nature was my entry drug of choice.) Unfortunately, no one I knew was able to cable (drats!) and lessons are expensive. I also take great pleasure in doing things myself, being hardheaded and stubborn. So I went to the knitting section of the store and looked for a book that had some sort of cabling instructions. I hit the motherlode with Cables Untangled. It truly does live up to its title--Leapman explains the mystery of cabling, and has great diagrams for us visual people. Within the first few pages you're saying "Why on earth did I think it was so hard?" Plus, the beginner patterns don't look like child's play--even though they aren't difficult. For my entry into the art of cables I used the braided cable pattern for the scarf and hat set to make a very nice purse, and my first cable looked very nice, if I say so myself. The rest of the patterns in the book are also very, very nice--a few of the sweaters look daunting, but once you memorize the cable pattern, which you do quickly, they're not that bad.

    There's also a cable dictionary at the back, if you want to create your own cabled designs. Very handy for blankets or purses, or sweaters if you're feeling brave.

    I highly recommend this book if you want to teach yourself to cable, or if you're looking for some complex-yet-simple patterns to make.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Beautiful, Useful Book.

    This book is beautifully put together with lovely close up pictures. The information and instructions are clear and useful. I would buy it again or give it as a gift.

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