Sometimes there are tricks in knitting that seem impossible.
For many knitters, cables fall into that category—tangly, twisty, and confounding.
Remember putting your face in the water for the first time at swimming lessons? How it was, all of a sudden, not a big deal? That’s what happens when you try cables for the first time—it’s one of those skills that you avoid until you make your first cable, after which you feel like you have joined the secret coven of the cablers.
Jen Arnall-Culliford’s video tutorial, up top, explains it all for us: how to read a cable chart and how to work cables with and also without a cable needle—yes, friends, without a cable needle.
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.
Sarah Hatton’s brand-new pattern for this tutorial is a total winner. Yellow Wagtail Scarf provides a low-dose amount of cablework, but it provides constant repetition of a few cable moves so that you learn the rhythm of the twists. It even includes one of my favorite cables, a cable along the edge of the scarf. Neat! Dimensional! Cablewow!
How to Get in on This Game Changer
Get the pattern. If you have already bought your Year of Techniques ebook, this new Yellow Wagtail Scarf pattern has been delivered to your Ravelry library, ready to go. If you need to buy your Year of Techniques ebook, which includes all 12 patterns, and tutorials for the whole program, it’s available on Ravelry or from Arnall-Culliford Knitwear.
The print edition is available in the MDK Shop. We find ourselves returning to this elegant book already to review a technique. Yay books!
Get the yarn. Lorna’s Laces Haymarket is the yarn of choice this month, with three skeins required. Haymarket is 100% Bluefaced Leicester, a soft single with a quiet little halo. The six shades in the MDK Shop were created exclusively for MDK.
Join the conversation. We’ll be over in the Lounge talking about the Yellow Wagtail Scarf in the topic “Technique Number 9: Cables!” And of course, the gang will be carrying on about it in the Year of Techniques Ravelry group. What a group! Love ’em!