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Continuous Cables by Melissa Leapman

9780307346872I was pleased to receive a copy of Continuous Cables to review the other day, and I have to tell you this is one luscious book. When I opened it, I was pleased to see, right in the front, instructions with lots of pictures. I like instructions, and I especially like ones with plenty of pictures! Various knitters have assured me in the past that cables were not that difficult, and now I am actually considering whether or not it might be possible to believe that. It seems odd to have knit all this time and never cabled, but, well, there ya go. I’m still quite intimidated, but I actually think it might be possible. In fact, I could maybe start with the aptly named “Simple Hat” which seems marginally less frightening than inserting my leg into a meat grinder. Yeah, I know, it is usually not like me to be a timid knitter. But umm, ya’ll. I tackled kitchener without blinking. I’ve written and sold my own successful soaker pattern. I can knit whatever you want to order with no pattern at all. But cables scare me.

However, there are some pieces in here that may make me overcome my fear. I like the Honeysuckle Sleeveless Shell and the Quick to Knit Bulky Pullover. I’d have to tighten up the armholes on the shell, but that wouldn’t be overly difficult. And the Tweed Hoodie, in my favorite RED might be a possibility. I could kill two new skills with one project there, since it needs a zipper and I have never put one in a knitted project before.

In the back is a stitch dictionary for like a bazillion of the closed figure cables that star in this book. Yeah, it’s not called Continuous Cables because it’s a big fat book. It’s called Continuous Cables because the figures all close. I’m embarrassed to admit that I was a LONG way int0 book before I realized that. Hey! Quit laughing. I told you cables intimidate me!

After looking through the book, I though the designs looked vaguely familiar. Not in a bad way, like all the same, just familiar as in comfortable. Sure enough, Melissa Leapman has published patterns in Interweave Knits and Knitter’s, and that’s where I recognized her from. She also authored Cables Untangled.

Continuous Cables goes on sale October 8th.

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