Tomorrow will be a glorious day of discovery!
I’m writing today in order to exhort all you cable-curious folks to lean in on November’s project from A Year of Techniques. It will give you such confidence about cables.
Tomorrow we unveil Jen Arnall-Culliford’s video tutorial on how to read a cable chart and how to work cables without a cable needle—yes, friends, without a cable needle. If that little weird needle has always given you the cable shivers, tomorrow’s tutorial will be a revelation indeed.
It is one of the terrific moments in knitting: changing the order of your stitches so you can make them go wherever you want them to go.
I totally jumped the gun on the November project for A Year of Techniques. I don’t know what got into me, except that I’d been doing a lot of knitting that did not involve cables, and I realized that my life was a hollow, empty shell without some cablework to do.
Sarah Hatton’s scarf pattern is such a stealth tutorial in making cables. It starts out nice and narrow so you can get your bearings with the chart and the feel of how to make the stitches move around.
The Breather Section, aka the garter stitch center, gradually increases until you’re halfway through, at which point you begin decreasing. By now, the cables are twisting happily. You’re feeling like a genius. And you’re on your way to a holiday gift that is really pretty.
The yarn here is our Haymarket by Lorna’s Laces, in six soft shades exclusive to MDK. The fiber is Bluefaced Leicester, and I love the soft halo of this very soft yarn.
Remember: cables. No needle. Lean in. Tomorrow. Awesomeness. Jen will explain it all for us, in her typically calm, no-fuss way.