Joining in again with Charlotte's ABC week, C is for..... Cables!!!
As a knitter, I love to do cables - they look so complex and exciting but really are simple once you've gotten the technique down. There are many types of cable needles, there are hooks, there are bent needles, some people even use DPN's, but my favorite needles are my Harmony Cable Needles.
They are pretty and that alone makes them fun to use! As you can see, they come in different sizes depending on the yarn you're using. Also, they have little grooves in them to prevent your yarn from slipping off - something that has happened many a time when using plastic or metal cable needles. Occasionally, they do get in the way causing the yarn to split if you're not careful. As long as you are aware of this though, it's not a major problem. Here are some of my favorite cables that I've done, and if you haven't given them a try yet, check out my cabled fingerless mitts pattern on the free pattern page!
Here they are again in brown:
Here is a Menorah Pillow I made for my mom:
Here is a pattern from Lion Brand yarns:
A cute little capelette:
Socks! Unfortunately, I don't remember what pattern this was - anyone recognize them?
Cabled arm warmers:
Lastly, a cabled scarf that I copied from an Old Navy scarf I had seen:
Cables are lots of fun - I highly recommend you give them a try if you haven't done them before. If you have, you are probably joining in my happy sentiment of the cable...