My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


My Cable of Choice

As I mentioned yesterday, I swapped out the cable pattern in my version of the Hawthorn Pullover.

The cable used in the pattern is an asymmetrical one that sort of snakes back and forth. I am extraordinarily picky about cables — they have to look exactly the way I think they should look or I am not interested. So I subbed a different one.

The cable used in the pattern is worked over 5 stitches, so mine is too. Mine is based on k2 p1 k2, and crosses with the 1 purl stitch kept straight in the middle. The size I am making has 8 of these cables, so I decided to make them face each other — so that the 4 cables on each side all cross towards the middle. I think when I get to the sleeves I’ll work them so that cables cross towards the front of the sweater, but I may change my mind when I get to that point. I haven’t looked ahead yet to see if there is an odd or even number of cables on each sleeve. If there is an even number, I may do a similar thing and have them face away from each other — so that half the cables face front and half face back.

Like I said, we’ll see when I get there. 🙂

In sock news, I have finished the sock I showed in yesterday’s blog post, and have started the second sock.

These socks are for the King of All Remote Controls’ birthday, which is today, so they will be a bit late. Happy birthday, Ian!

Lucy sez:

Happy birthday, Daddy!

In case you wondered, Lucy gave her Daddy a Doctor Who t-shirt for his birthday that she picked out herself. Very tasteful it is, with a TARDIS pictured in white on navy blue.


  1. I really like the cable in the middle, is that the one you’re talking about? I tend to throw in 3 stitch mini cables if I’m doing a pattern that just has ribbing, knitting the third stitch then k2tog then knit the last (first stitch on the left needle) stitch. Doing a cowl like that right now. Simple and easy and gives a “plain” pattern a bit of twisty interest. Oh, and have you seen the Dalek t-shirt with the Dalek holding a ball of yarn in his “suction cup” arm? The caption is “Knit, purl, EXTERMINATE!” Wish I had bought that one when I saw it! Which also brings up the question, how many Doctor #4 scarves did YOU knit in the 80s? 😉

  2. Thanks for taking the time to explain the cables on your new venture and your reasoning for choosing, helps encourage more of us to be adventurous with our projects. Looking forward to more progress pics.

  3. That is a gorgeous cable! Don’t think I’ve ever seen it before, but then I’m not a big fan of doing cables. I love the way they look, but somehow the process is awkward for me. I need to back-track to see what yarn you used for the socks, too. Great color and pattern match!
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  4. You have inspired me! I bought a whack of cream-colored Rowan Calmer earlier this year when it was on sale at Webs, thinking to make a neutral cardigan. But that yarn might be perfect for a cabled pullover, sort of a cotton, not-so-bloody-warm Aran. Someday…
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  5. Beautiful pattern and color that you are working on now. I love your mods. Happy Birthday “Oh King of All Remote Controls”!!!!!
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  6. I love knitting cables myself, good call. I like what you have done!
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  7. That woven part between the two cables is really pretty and unusual!

  8. Very nice cables – and I love the color, too! 🙂

  9. Love Doctor Who!! My daughter wants a Gallifrey University hoodie and my son wants a “don’t blink” t-shirt.

  10. Sometimes you travel to Minnesota… you need to plan another trip here for January — and that would mean you need to get back working on your Eala Bhan.

    I like your taste in cables.

  11. anne marie in philly says:

    hippo birdies to ewe, KOARC! you MUST model the socks!

  12. Happiest Day to you Ian……………..I agree with Anne Marie: pictures please and with Lucy!!

  13. Happy Birthday, Ian!!
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  14. Love the cables and the color. Hope you put this pattern out there. Also happy birthday to Ian. He must be pretty cool because he like the Doctor.

  15. Grand…love your cable of choice…Be-you-T-ful!

  16. I love the detailed planning you put into your cabling, you are an artist.

    I wonder if we should all have a contest to see who is the King of Kings of All Remote Controls. There are so many things to consider: number of remotes, complexity of remote control operations, size of the remotes, and some kind of a measure as to the amount of dominance over each individual remote control as well as overall dominance over all remote controls … oh, and how many dwellings such dominance extends to.

    Hope yours had a happy birthday.

    🙂 firefly
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  17. Happy (belated) birthday KOARC!

  18. I think EB would make a very nice pillow.

  19. Your sweater looks gorgeous. I’m looking forward to seeing it all worked up.
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  20. Happy Birthday KOARC! Hope Lucy bakes you a cake!

  21. Happy Birthday to Ian!

    I love the smaller cables you chose. How is the braid in the middle worked? I’ve never done cables yet, so I’m a slight bit clueless!

    Lucy is adorable as ever!
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  22. I think you need to kit an “Exterminate” hat for Christmas for a special someone — check it out on Ravelry LOL!!!
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  23. I totally agree with you about cables. When I look at the cable section of stitch books, it always seems to me that someone got carried away with the idea that any stitches can cross over any other stitches–5 knits over 3 purls, why not? Well why not is because just because you can do it doesn’t mean you should! Weird snake-y, assymetrical cables offend my platonic ideal of what a cable should be–which is regular, predictable, not too wide, and neat looking!
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