Wednesday, May 13, 2015

All About Reversible Cables!



Erika's Outlander Shawl in Fable Fibers Novel and TML; Rachel's Moebius Braid Cowl


Suddenly, we can't get enough of reversible cables.

And why not? They're pretty awesome. Just take a look.




As anyone who had the pleasure of knitting Rachel's 2015 Outlander Mystery Shawl (above, in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Limited Edition color Craigh na Dun) knows, they're not hard to execute, but the results are amazing - beautiful cables that look as good on the back side of the fabric as they do on the front! Which comes in mighty handy when you want both sides of your project to be equally gorgeous (and who doesn't?). Scarves, cowls, and shawls that wrap around your neck or get tossed over a shoulder certainly fall into this category.

Like the Moebius Braid Cowl Rachel designed for Knitty, below:





Reversible Cables glean their magic from a simple stitch we all know and love: rib. Surprised? We were, too. It seems that easy k1, p1 rib has some hidden talents. Namely, if you pattern cables with it, the backs of them look the same as the fronts, a quality we already make good use of in everyday rib on collars, cuffs, edgings, and more. 

Here's a closer look of one of the cables in my Outlander Mystery Shawl. Look familiar? It was formed by keeping the k1, p1 stitch pattern as I knit the cables off the cable needle.




The rib stitch keeps the cables nice and stretchy, too. Bonus!




Want more? This great video from Rachel explains the ins and outs of this handy trick, and shows you how to do it, too! Keep that one in your back pocket. You're welcome.




Let us know what sorts of projects you've used reversible cables in. We'd love to see them!

Happy Knitting,

Heather

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Game is On! Game of Thrones MKAL Progress






The Game of Thrones Mystery Knit-along has officially begun! Kristen posted the first clue on Ravelry on May 3rd, and Ravelers grabbed their needles and cast on for this bulky-weight mystery project inspired by Tyrion Lannister. Using Lorna's Laces Cloudgate in our April 2015 Limited Edition color, Casterly Rock, the first clue flew by and we soon had the beginning of something special on the needles! Take a look at some of the progress Ravelers have made:



Jennilynn's Mystery Project in Casterly Rock
Hmmm...is that eyelet lace I spy in there? It's making that hand-dyed yarn look great!

moonrevel's Game of Thrones Mystery project is looking nice!



Some Ravelers have chosen alternate colorways, and they look gorgeous as well!


CakerKnits chose Cloudgate in the Campbell colorway

Our Leanne chose Prepare to Dye (another Lorna's Limited Edition color!) for her colorful creation

And different yarns are knitting up quite nicely, as well!

knitwitkara is using Classic Elite Chalet and she thinks it's heavenly!


annelacanne is proving Cascade 128 is also a great choice! (We have it in Superwash, too!)

How is your Game of Thrones mystery project looking? Share some photos with us!

We can't wait to see what next week brings! You can read even more about it over here on Kristen's blog!

Happy Knitting!

Heather