Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook
By Norah Gaughan (Abrams, $29.95, 276 pages)
Although cables are nothing more than a set of stitches that are knit out of order, they can nevertheless be endlessly fascinating and complex. Knitting designer and cable maven Norah Gaughan brings us this sourcebook that is much more than a simple stitch dictionary. True, there are 152 cables— ranging from the basic to the extremely complex—and 15 cabled projects, each beautifully photographed. Charts and text are provided for all pattern stitches; therefore, it is a stitch dictionary.
But what makes it more than a stitch dictionary is the way that it teaches us how the design of one cable leads to the design of another and, most importantly, what Norah calls the SSE (stockinette stitch equivalent). This is the number of stockinette stitches that are equivalent to the width of the cable. The knitter can use the SSE to substitute stockinette stitch for a cable with stockinette stitch, or use a cable with the same SSE. In other words, she teaches the knitter to mix and match cables at will! What a brilliant concept!
Novice cable knitters will find enough information here to get started and can then quickly move beyond the basics. Intermediate cable knitters will find plenty of projects to entice and inspire. Experienced cable fans will be enthralled by the more complex cables and the design possibilities. It’s a win for knitters of all skill levels!