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Knit Some Cozy Cables This Season

November 16th, 2011

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Cables are a great way to add accents and sophistication to a knitted project. Cabled accessories and garments are quite popular this season, just step into any clothing store and you’re bound to find inspiration for your next hand made project. Instead of buying that beautiful cabled scarf, try making your own! In the links below, you’ll see that cables can be added to practically any project for some extra texture and flair.
(Click on the pictures for free patterns.)

Cabled Cowl
Cabled Cowl
Cabled Cowl
Simple Cable Cowl
Cowls 

A lot of people seem to enjoy a nice chunky seed stitch or garter stitch cowl, but take your cowl to the next level by incorporating cables.  The cowl on the far left is knit in Fishermen’s Wool and the Simple Cable Cowl to the right is knit in Martha Stewart CraftsTM Roving Wool.  Both are at an intermediate skill level.

Faux Cable Scarf
Faux Cable Scarf
Grey Cabled Scarf
Grey Cabled Scarf
Scarves 

Cable knit scarves are definitely popular this season, and if you’re more of a beginner knitter, you can whip up a “faux” cable scarf for a holiday gift.  The Faux Cable Scarf is knit in Wool Ease Thick & Quick to help your project move even faster.  If you have a more advanced skill set, you might want to try the Grey Cabled Scarf knit in Vanna’s Choice.


Cabled Pattern Hat
Cable Pattern Hat
Lauren Cabled Hat
Lauren Hat
Hats 

Skip the plain beanie/cap this winter and have some fun with cabled hats.  The Cable Pattern Hat in Martha Stewart Crafts TM/MC Merino on the far left is for a more advanced knitter, but beginners can try their hand at it as well with the Lauren Hat in Vanna’s Choice.

Cos Cob Throw
Cos Cob Throw
Erin Afghan
Erin Afghan
Afghans 

We all love the traditional granny square afghan, but try a more modern look for your afghans with cables.  With a complex pattern, crochet border, and tassels on the bottom, the Erin Afghan is sure to impress!

Elegance Socks
Elegance Socks
Cable Ready Bag
Cable Ready Bag
Accessories 

Surprise someone this holiday season with luxurious cable knit socks.  The Elegance Socks featured on the left are knit in Superwash Merino from our exclusive LB Collection, which features a rich color palette.  Who knew cables on a bag could look so good? The best thing about this Cable Ready Bag in Wool Ease Thick & Quick is that you don’t need to be an advanced knitter to create it, check out the free pattern here.

 

Have problems with cabling? Be sure to check out our previous instructional posts on “How to Use a Cable Needle“.  While you’re at it, learn “How to Cable Without Needles” as well.

What have your cabling experiences been so far? Are you intimidated by cables, or do you absolutely love them?

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