No­rah Gaughan’s Knit­ted Ca­ble Source­book

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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!

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