Cable fever is upon us, with the popularity of Something New to Learn About Cables, the book and video series we’ve been featuring recently. Once you get the hang of cables, a whole new world of possibility opens up. Today we welcome a postcard from Frome, England, where designer/teacher extraordinaire Jen Arnall-Culliford (A Year of Techniques) tells us about one of the inventive contributors to Something New to Learn About Cables.
—Ann and Kay
I have been admiring Lucy Hague’s designs for quite some time, but knitting the Pleione blanket (above) for Something New to Learn About Cables was the first time I’ve worked from one of her patterns. It confirmed everything I felt about her designs: they are pure cabling genius!
If you have enjoyed working on projects from Something New to Learn About Cables, then I can definitely recommend popping over to Lucy’s website to plan your next cabled adventure.
Dunedin shawl. Image © Lucy Hague
Lucy’s Dunedin shawl has a shallow crescent shape created with short rows and a stunning knitted-on cable edging with lace details.
Lucy takes inspiration from Pictish and Celtic art, transforming the intricate knot-work designs found in stone and wooden artifacts into sinuous cabled knitwear. She has an uncanny ability to combine these amazing cable motifs with really wearable shawl and garment shapes. The Dunedin shawl (above) is based on one of Lucy’s favorite Celtic knots, and the shallow crescent shape is one that is really easy to wear.
KYNA SHAWL. Image © Lucy Hague
If you’re ready to take your cabling up a level, Lucy’s Kyna shawl is next-level cool.
Kyna is knitted in one piece, with the cable edging shaped with short rows, making this a really interesting project. Kyna comes in both charted and written formats.
BAIN SCARF. Image © Lucy Hague
One of the challenges of designing scarves is that both sides of the fabric are visible.
Reversible cables have been around for a while, and generally use a basis of 1×1 rib columns that cross each other. Lucy has been experimenting with a new reversible cabling technique for some time, and has just published the Bain scarf (above) which uses slipped stitches to create a scarf that looks completely stunning on both sides.
Lucy talks in detail about this genius, truly reversible cable technique over on her blog, so do go and read all about it in her own words. I am absolutely in awe of how she has worked this out, not just so that she can create a project using the method, but also a way of writing the instructions that makes sense to knit. It’s often the case that a technique is very easy to knit, but devilishly difficult to describe. Lucy has taken a great deal of care to ensure the best possible knitting experience with this design.
KELLS PULLOVER. Image © Lucy Hague
If you’re more of a garment knitter, then Lucy’s Kells pullover may be the project you fall for.
When Lucy’s Illuminated Knits designs were first revealed, I was totally intrigued by the two-color cables. How does she come up with these amazing ideas? And this is what I love most about knitting: just when I think I’ve seen it all, someone comes up with something so clever, and elegant that I have to completely readjust my understanding of what is possible. It keeps me interested and challenged, and I love it!
The Kells pullover uses three shades of yarn—one is contrast at neck, cuffs and hem, and the other two are striped throughout. Slipped stitches then create the interlocking cables in two colors. It really is the most incredibly stunning design (and the entire collection is amazing).
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