Continuous Cables: An Exploration of Knitted Cabled Knots, Rings, Swirls, and Curlicues

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Mention the phrase “cable knitting,” and most people—knitters and non-knitters alike—envision textured ropes, twists, and braids winding up knitted fabrics. But did you know that knitters can also create circular, closed-ring shapes with cables? Just imagine: curlicues, rings, swirls, knots—even intricate Celtic-inspired motifs—all richly embossed on knits!

In Continuous Cables, expert knitwear designer Melissa Leapman goes beyond the traditional, ordinary cables explored in her...

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Overview

Mention the phrase “cable knitting,” and most people—knitters and non-knitters alike—envision textured ropes, twists, and braids winding up knitted fabrics. But did you know that knitters can also create circular, closed-ring shapes with cables? Just imagine: curlicues, rings, swirls, knots—even intricate Celtic-inspired motifs—all richly embossed on knits!

In Continuous Cables, expert knitwear designer Melissa Leapman goes beyond the traditional, ordinary cables explored in her first book, Cables Untangled, providing knitters with an original collection of projects and stitch patterns featuring beautiful, closed-ring cables.

Complex-looking cables aren’t as hard as they look, and in Continuous Cables, Leapman breaks them down into all of their component parts. The all-new patterns are versatile and sophisticated, and the directions are clear and accessible. Leapman walks knitters through projects that include everything from starter projects (Simple Pillow, Simple Hat) and home accents (Fireside Afghan, Stowe Cabin Throw Rug), to clothing for women (Sage Tunic, Honeysuckle Sleeveless Shell), and gifts for friends and family (Baby Blocks, Man’s Entwined Circles Pullover).

But Continuous Cables isn’t merely a source for 20 fun patterns—it also features more than 80 original individual stitch patterns, most designed just for this book. With a primer on basics, a useful yarn choice and substitution section, resource guide, and a stitch dictionary of closed-ring cable patterns, Continuous Cables is a must-have reference for any cable knitter’s growing library.

Endless cables, infinite possibilities!

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Library Journal

In her follow-up to Cables Untangled, Leapman explores the knitted closed-ring cable in great detail. Her friendly style and detailed instructions make cable knitting accessible and easy to understand, and her explanation of the often-daunting symbols knitters find on charts for knitted cables is excellent. The patterns explore the variety of closed-ring cables and range from small, simple starter projects (a hat and a pillow) to intricate showpieces (a sampler afghan). The illustrated stitch dictionary alone is worth the price-the patterns and detailed how-tos add to the value. An essential purchase.


—Jan Zlendich
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In her follow-up to Cables Untangled, Leapman explores the knitted closed-ring cable in great detail. Her friendly style and detailed instructions make cable knitting accessible and easy to understand, and her explanation of the often-daunting symbols knitters find on charts for knitted cables is excellent. The patterns explore the variety of closed-ring cables and range from small, simple starter projects (a hat and a pillow) to intricate showpieces (a sampler afghan). The illustrated stitch dictionary alone is worth the price—the patterns and detailed how-tos add to the value. An essential purchase.

—Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307346872
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (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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    Great Follow-Up to Cables Untangled

    I thumbed through this in the B&N store, as I owned Leapman's Cables Untangled (which does teach you how to cable in no time flat), and was curious to see what her new book contained. I didn't buy it then and there, but I did purchase it on my next visit. A lot of the patterns are very similar to her first book--pillows, sweaters, kids' items, and acccessories--which is what caused my initial hesistation, but there are a few very nice sweaters, and the blanket patterns are great (okay, one of the "blankets" is a rug, but I just resized the pattern). The cable dictionary at the back is very helpful if you want to design your own cabled items; Leapman's cable dictionaries even contain patterns you can't find in other stitch dictionaries.

    If you love to cable, this is a beautiful book and has some georgeous patterns. If you want to learn how to cable, pick up either this book or Cables Untangled--Leapman makes cabling (and understanding how cables work) effortless. (Continious Cables teaches a more complex kind of cable, but you can figure out the general idea as well.) But if you already own Cables Untangled and don't count it as one of your favorite books, I'd page through this follow-up first before making the purchase, to ensure the patterns inside are worth the price.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Love it - For Intermediate to experienced knitters

    This is just what I was looking for. I had hoped there would have been more pictures of finished pieces. But the cables are gorgeous and the charts and patterns are fairly easy to read. You need to have some knitting experience to use this book. <BR/>But the cables are gorgeous and its a wonderful book.

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