Today is a great day: we get to cheer the launch of ten new videos to accompany Jen and Jim Arnall-Culliford’s new book, Something New to Learn About Cables.
It’s also the day we are shipping out copies to everyone who preordered the book. We’ve got fresh stock of the book and of Coop Knits’ Socks Yeah! DK yarn for its projects, so if you’re new to the party, we’ve got your supplies.
Curious about this new book from Jen and Jim? Here’s our run-down. To sum up, we love the Arnall-Culliford approach to learning knitting techniques by using a great project as a laboratory. (The projects from the book are in the gallery up top, for your delectation.)
We’ve both knit our fair share of cables, but we learned tricks and techniques from this book that made light bulbs go off in our heads. Jen’s calm, concise and confident presence in these videos is exactly what we need in a teacher.
Introducing: The Videos of Something New to Learn About Cables
You’ll notice that some of these videos are specific to knitting cables, while others are more general, but involve techniques that arise in knitting the patterns in Something New to Learn About Cables. All of them are essential knitting techniques, presented clearly and concisely.
To make these excellent, useful videos easier to locate in our How To category when you need them, we’re giving each one a separate post here on MDK. Here’s the list.
How to work simple cables, with and without a cable needle.
How to work two-stitch cables without using a cable needle or removing the stitches from the needles. (This technique is useful in making the Areto Hat in Something New to Learn About Cables.)
A quick way to know where you are in your cable repeat.
(At a recent knit night, someone asked me how to do this, and I said something along the lines of “ooh, that’s a tough one.”)
A clear and clever method for fixing mistakes without ripping and re-knitting.
Make one stitch into five stitches, which you’ll need to do to make Lucy Hague’s Pleione Cowl and Blanket in Something New to Learn About Cables.
Make five stitches into one stitch, which (surprise!) you’ll also need to do to make Lucy Hague’s Pleione Cowl and Blanket in Something New to Learn About Cables.
Recommended viewing before attempting to fix mis-crossed cables. Jen makes this vital procedure so straightforward.
The classic grafting method to achieve a seamless join at the toe of socks, the tips of mittens, and the ends of cowls.
A fantastically useful technique for joining two pieces of knitting. Have I mentioned that it’s my favorite?
Look, Ma! No row counters! A genius method to help you keep track of when you need to increase or decrease, or so that you can knit the front of something the same length as the back. All it takes is a string. Imagine: never having to count rows all the way back from the cast-on, ever again.
Join the Fun
With these videos, we’re raring to go on Something New to Learn About Cables. Please join the conversation over at Jen and Jim’s lively group on Ravelry.