Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Annie Maloney cable design books came in the mail today - or rather I had to drive up to the post office on very icy roads to get them. Why else would you go out on such a horrible weather day?

I bought “The Cable Knitting Handbook - 101 Original Stitch Designs, plus theory, techniques, design tips, borders, and much more”. I also got “The Knitter’s Guide to Stitch Design - 150 original stitch patterns plus learn how to plan your own designs”. They are spiral bound books printed on heavy paper with designs in both charted and written words.

I am in awe of the complexity of the cable work and how she has combined cables with interior stitches within the cables. I have barely cracked open the books and my mind is spinning with the possibilities. I have absolutely no affiliation with the author but cannot recommend the books more highly. Now with Janet Szabo’s FLAK method of fitting the sweater top down to your own true measurements and Annie’s cables, I’ll be able to finally start on the design of my own designed cabled sweater.

For those looking for the books, The author is Annie Maloney from the province of Ontario, Canada. The books are self published and are available from The Needle Arts Book Shop (, The Yarn Source ( and Unicorn Books and Crafts (

We'd been discussion Celtic Knots on the Ravelry and Yahoo knit groups and I thought I'd try to knit one. Janet Szabo's Twist & Turns Newsletter from Winter, 2003 has a round cable pillow. In the spirit of using up stash during 2008, I'm using some Christopher Farms 3 ply in Fiddler's Green. It's probably too heavy for the project but it is working. Had to rip 10 rows yesterday as I'd totally missed the right cross on a cable. It was much easier to rip than ladder.

1 comment:

Sheila said...

I agree that ripping is easier than laddering. I am a novice at knitting the advanced cable but am working on the Mystery Afghan. I will be looking for the finished pillow.