Afghan Progress

Hi everyone. I am nearing the halfway point of the 60" x 40" afghan in lace and cables. I just thought I'd share the progress so far.
Mark

Cable and Lace Afghan 1

Cable and Lace Afghan 2

Comments

Bill's picture

Very handsome!

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Bill. I enjoy the pattern. It's intricate enough to be interesting but simple enough that I can do it while watching TV.
Mark

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is very nice. That shade of blue is very soothing.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Joe. Blue is my son's favorite color, so this will make a good addition to his collection of my knitted projects that has. He has already cautioned that his cat Henry will add his long hair to the afghan almost immediately.
Mark

kiwiknitter's picture

Gorgeous! You must be an expert cable knitter by now. I admire your work.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

CLABBERS's picture

I am humbled by your compliment. I have enjoyed your knitting for quite some time now. One of these days, I want to try some Fair Isle work. I have always enjoyed cabling. It's one of those things that looks really difficult but is so incredibly easy. I suppose that's true of most things in any art form, but I especially enjoy cabling and adding the lace stitches between the cables makes this afghan airy but still very comfy as it should "capture" body warmth in the lace holes without being a densely heavy fabric. My son is chomping at the bit to get this for Christmas. I hope to make the deadline!
Mark

TomH's picture

Lovely. I know ... it's been forever and forever since I've logged into this site. Glad to see so many familiar faces are still here!

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Tom. I am also a fan of your art! It's so alive with color.
Mark

ronhuber's picture

A beautiful piece of work. Both pattern and colour.

kiwiknitter's picture

Judging by this project, I'd say you're the go-to guy for cable information. I'm about to do a project with some cabling and it's been many years since I did any. What tips can you offer? Are you using cable needles? I stopped using them and just shifting the stitches around by hand. Your thoughts will be appreciated.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

CLABBERS's picture

I like to use a bamboo DPN. It holds the yarn well and doesn't slip off when I hold it in front or behind. I find cable needles far to fussy. If I try to do it without a DPN and work with lose live stitches, I get all nervous which usually ends in disaster. I wrote an article about it in 2014 that might shed some light on it. I like simple solutions, much the same as Occam's razor which suggests that the simplest solutions to things is usually the best...that's a very pedestrian interpretation but it gets the point across.

Here's my article. I apologize in advance if there are pop-up ads when you go to the site. That's how they make their money, which is why I don't write for them anymore.

http://www.stitchandunwind.com/using-bamboo-double-pointed-needles-for-cabling/

Here's a better interpretation of Occam's razor.
http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/scientific-experiments/occams-razor.htm

Mark

kiwiknitter's picture

Thanks, Mark for the reply and links. I enjoyed reading your article. I was wondering about those fishhook-looking needles and was grateful for your comments on them. It's been so long since I did cables that I'll have to do a YouTube search before beginning. I agree about the simplest is best and I think that's why I stopped using cable needles altogether.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

CLABBERS's picture

Hi Jesse...thanks for the kind words about my articles. Here's a good tutorial about using a bamboo cable needle.
http://verypink.com/2010/07/22/knitting-help-cables/
Her needle is similar in size to the regular needles, but they are slightly fatter on either end. I just use a straight bamboo DPN and I never worry about the stitches falling off when I slip the stitches onto the DPN and dropping it to the back or bringing it to the front while stitching the next three stitches and then knit off the cable needle. I just don't like to spend the little it costs to buy a cable needles when it's not necessary. Hope this helps.
Mark

Jerry Moore's picture

Quite a beautiful field. That would be beautiful as a sweater base . . . or a shawl . . . or damnear anything. Congrats.

Regards, Jerry

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Jerry...I have 1.5 skeins left and I will be done. It's been an enjoying project. I agree, it would make a nice sweater or shawl. It's a very easy pattern. Only 8 rows and 4 are purl rows, so not to taxing.

Mark