Thursday, March 23, 2006

Loom cables - on the Knifty Knitter

Well, after working cables in the needle knitting world, I thought it best to transfer my knowledge to the looms. I know this isn't a new concept for all you loomers. Cabling directions can be found in many places including: loomknitting.com and Dream looms. But I've never really found satisfactory directions for the Knifty Knitter, and especially not for free. No offence to Anne (I think it's Anne?) at Loomknitting.com - I'm sure her directions are wonderful and well worth the money. I just have the bug I call the "I-don't-need-no-stinkin'-directions" syndrome. So this is the swatch I came up with this morning. I'm not super happy with it. I think it might be the yarn though - too thick? I used some Lion Brand Thick 'n Quick I had on hand. It was kinda tough to twist the stitches on the loom, but I'm not sure if that was the yarn or my underdeveloped technique. I'm going to play with it some more and see what I come up with. I was thinking of eventually making a simple cabled handbag pattern out of cotton yarn for summer. I can picture it my head - open lacey work with a few twisted cables in it. It would have to be lined, though, so all your handbag contents would stay put! Since warm weather is around the bend - scarves, hats, and slippers seem out of date right now. Summer patterns will be my focus - once I'm done with all my winter patterns already in que. Stay tuned :)

4 comments:

  1. Hi
    your stitch looks like an s or half of a cable stitch now if you could master doing this to the other siad as well then you have a cable stitch I have gotten ther at all on the loom , just know this from chrochetting ,and knitting by H/M

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  2. Yep - HEHE. I was doing it in both directions - it just doesn't show in the swatch. Like I said, I think half my problem was the yarn I was using.

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  3. I am glad youhave the same syndrome I do - "I-don't-need-no-stinkin'-directions" because I did that with your slippers. hehe I think I have it figured out, after four attempts - but yours still look cuter. :OD Half the fun for me is inventing! I won't post my pattern though. I boughtthe cable pattern book, and played around with the cables once, but it is too time consuming for me right now. I want faster results! maybe when I am in need of a new projects, I will take the time to learn them. I want to make the cable purse I posted on my blog a while back. Good luck on the cables!

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  4. That's awesome, Sara. I don't think anything new would be created if that syndrome was present in at least some people. That's where new ideas come from - seeing something already done and giving it a try. Inevitably that's when I come up with something different...

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