My current work in progress:

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


Unexpected Cables

Check this out!


This is Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting bHeather Zoppetti (Interweave/F+W; $24.99), new this month. You can look at all eighteen patterns on Ravelry here.

The book is divided into three sections: Refined, Lace, and Abstract. The author says in her foreword:

Refined is the most traditional section. Projects in this chapter take the classic Aran and make it more modern by using lightweight yarns, delicate twisted stitches, and feminine shapes. The Lace chapter uses the unexpected pairing of cables and lace in delightful garments and accessories. Abstract focuses on unusual constructions, directions, and textures. Patterns in this chapter have a modern and edgy feel.

My favorite from the Refined section:


This is Maytown, a vest knit from sportweight yarn. I love the unique mesh look of the beautiful center cable.

From Lace:


I love the Safe Harbor cowl. Worked in worsted weight, it would be a lovely quick knit and would make a great holiday gift knit from a luxury yarn.

And from the Abstract section:


Penryn: a pullover worked in DK weight. I love the asymmetrical cable that is woven and then closed at the top.

The book has beautiful photos and nice big cable charts. The sweater designs are presented in a nice range of sizes and the instructions look clear and easy to follow. A glossary in the back of the book contains step-by-step illustrated instructions for some techniques used in the book.

Who’d like my copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my review copy of Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, October 18, 2015. A winner will be chosen at random at that time.

Crazed Scandinavian Cowl

I am now more than two-thirds done with the knitting. Thank you for all your lovely comments about this design. I will make the pattern available, but first I have to finish my prototype, write up the pattern, and test it.


Loki has consented to have a photo of his paw floof posted.



  1. I love this! Especially the Penryn – so unexpected yet classy.

  2. Oh, I hadn’t even heard of this book before. The Safe Harbor cowl is gorgeous, and I love that it’s done in worsted weight. =)

    RavID: DatPixieGirl

  3. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I love cables, but hate the bulk. This patterns sounds ideal, and even my old hands could knit them.,

  4. I am such a cable junkie & this books looks like it’ll be right up my alley.

  5. Yes please, random number generator 😉 Thank you again for showing this lovely book. It’ll go onto my Christmas list whatever happens (I’d still like to cross it off the list soon, though)

  6. Elaine in NYC says:

    I could be enticed to knit at least nine of these lovely patterns. Hmmm, what would be first?

  7. This looks like a lovely book! Cables are so awesome.

  8. Oooo, the Maytown Vest is so pretty! I’m partial too cables; fun to knit and great to wear!
    DelightedHands´s last blog post ..A Prone Life

  9. I love cables. I made my latest hat with cables.
    Beautiful garments.

  10. Love the book.
    Is Loki full grown now? He is so cute and floofy.

  11. I love knitting cabled garments, and the ones in this book look very interesting.

  12. What a great book! Thanks for reviewing, I’m definitely going to check it out.

  13. You did pick out some beautiful sweaters from this books offerings………….How I would love to have THIS book. Thank you for offering it!

  14. Very creative use of cables, thanks for offering up this book.

  15. Paulette Schirmer says:

    Absolutely beautiful work

  16. I love cables!!!

  17. Hope I’m the lucky winner!…soft cables and lace for me.

  18. Looks like a great book. Fingers crossed that I win the copy!
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Tale of Two Socks

  19. This looks a very fun book-crossing my fingers!!!!
    Rav ID: Ettenna

  20. Lol-I hadn’t read the previous comment–great minds think alike!

  21. Would love the cables book as I love cables very much

  22. Linda Austin says:

    What great patterns. I would love to have a copy.

  23. Everybody will wish for this book, I think, including me!! Cable practice at its finest!

  24. Wow what a book! Also a “Wow” – Loki’s floof!!!

  25. Lynda Schwechtje says:

    The book about cables looks terrific. I really like the Abstract pattern. Loki is very handsome and definitely “chill”.

  26. The book looks great, and I have enjoyed Heather Zoppetti’s patterns in the past. I would love to knit these patterns!

  27. Monica Cortada says:

    Love cables!

  28. Love cables. I would really like to make the Penryn. I’ve added the book to my Wish list for Christmas! — just in case I don’t win your copy 🙂

  29. I love cables. Such nice patterns

  30. Birgit Rosenberg says:

    I really like the last sweater – also, if you need a test knitter for your cowl, let me know!

  31. Sophy0075 says:

    Oh, I *love* the Maytown and the Penryn – those crisp cables really pop, and both garments are made in lighter-weight yarns. Such is perfect for a southern gal.

  32. Such nice designs-they all have a modern look. Thanks for the toe floof pic, Loki. My cat is ashorthair.Adoreable as you but no toe floof.

  33. Kathy in Alaska says:

    Love these innovative cables! Thank you, Wendy, for the chance to win.

  34. Michelina says:

    The cables on the pullover and vest are lovely

  35. SuthernGirl says:

    Those are really beautiful patterns and I would make more than one of them!
    Rav id deansgirl

  36. Looks like a wonderful book.

  37. What a lovely looking book! Thanks for the chance to win!

    Of course, it’s not as lovely as the floofy foot.

  38. Love, love cables and have done simpler ones…those look scary? Always fun to try…

  39. carmelle Tidd says:

    I would like to try one of the abstract designs if I had my hands on a copy. Thanks for sharing your copy with one of your followers.

  40. I love the hat and the asymmetrical vest. The designs are unique and I love cables.

  41. Some really fun patterns in this book. Thanks for your fun posts. I still am jealous of how fast you knit.

  42. Gina Zahra says:

    I love cables!!

  43. I love the lace cowl and the asymmetrical vest.
    Kay Egan´s last blog post ..For Sale

  44. I like how the book is divided into sections which highlights the diversity of cable knitting.

  45. I love knitting cables. Thanks for giving away your copy, Wendy!

  46. Oh yes, this looks like the thing to get me away from baby knitting. I need some of these.

    I t is so nice that you show us these books that you get. Here in the wilderness I seldom get to a real knitting or bookstore.

  47. I’d love a copy of the book. I particularly like the pairing of lace and cables. Thanks for all your posts.

  48. Love those cables! good luck to everyone!

  49. I seem to be in a cable frame of mind. Everything I pivk up these days is cabled.
    Ellen´s last blog post ..Feel the Bern

  50. alicia grayson says:

    I’m interested in doing more cable work this year so this book could really help me.
    Alikat2004 on Ravelry

    Ps. love love love your Crazed Scandinavian Cowl!

  51. Deborah Gajee says:

    Such beautiful patterns.

  52. Michele Ross says:

    Would love to have this book to try to make more items with cables.

  53. Cool book.

  54. Yes, I’d love the cabled vest.

  55. Anything and everything cable. Love to add the book to my library!

  56. Amy Schulze says:

    Neat book! Cables are fun to do and look way more complicated than they are to do.

  57. I love cables – so classy

  58. I love knitting cables and this book looks fantastic. Penryn is calling my name and would be the first on my needles.

  59. How wonderful… I was just looking for the perfect cabled sweater design to go with a new yarn of mine. Perhaps it is destiny!

  60. That looks like a lovely little book 🙂

  61. Looks like a great book. I’ve seen other designs by Ms. Zoppetti and liked them, too.

  62. Sara Smith says:

    Oooooooo, cables – love them!

  63. looks like cables with a difference.

  64. ooh, all of them look so pretty! I think my favorite has to be the Stevens shawl. Or possibly Refton, the cloche. Or… or…

  65. Lovely! What a great set of patterns! Please put my name in the hat for the drawing!

  66. Chris Reeske says:

    I love doing cable and I haven’t in a long while, this would get me back into it. Thanks

  67. Not much better than paw floof.

  68. This book looks so interesting; would love to give cables a try.

  69. Mary Beth says:

    Those are some seriously lovely patterns! I’m amazed you could pick any favorites!

  70. Sharen Warren says:

    This book would be a great addition to my library! Thanks Wendy.

  71. I love love knitting cables and this book is fabulous! I also like the Blond’s short hair cut!

  72. Those socks! I also love the Ronks shawl. Really unexpected designs.

  73. I really like the abstract sweater. Sign me up

  74. I love working cables and I love seeing them taken in new directions.

  75. Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely book!

  76. I love the versatility of cables.

  77. I love cables! Thanks for your review of this book.

  78. I had a look at all the patterns on Ravelry. I think I need this book in my library! Yeah, I’ll want Maytown first, then Penryn, then a shawl in cables & lace (!!)…I love that Maytown is in DK, and lookee here: I got a whole bag of DK tweed in pale blue, just begging to be Maytown. Wendy, you have the best giveaways!
    Anna´s last blog post ..Weekend To-Do’s

  79. Marcy Doane says:

    I have been mostly knitting lately with fingering or sport yarn. It would be great to have some new cabled patterns to use with lighter yarns. Thanks for the review.

  80. Whoa! Those are some gorgeous new ideas for cables, and my stash is calling me to get onto them! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this fab new book.

  81. Love the cowl, would love the book. Cables R Us, thanks Wendy. Pet Loki for me.

  82. Thanks for the giveaway! I love these patterns, and I bet they’re really fun to knit!

  83. I do love cables!

  84. knittingdancer on Ravelry says:

    There are so many beautiful projects in this book that I want to knit. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  85. that Penryn looks so cool!

  86. I would love this book. That Penryn looks great. I need more practise doing cables

  87. I love cables, and these patterns look fantastic! I just wish I weren’t such a tight knitter.

  88. Oh, what beautiful paw floof Loki has! My furbaby had quite the floof too, but I think Loki has her beat, paws down. 🙂
    Also, please include me in your draw for the book, I’m such a sucker for cables, and I love that Penryn sweater as well.

  89. marciepooh says:

    Like, apparently, many other commenters, I love the Penryn!

    Cables are my second favorite thing after lace.

  90. Who would have thunk it? “Modern” cables – just what I need to do next!

    Anxiously awaiting your newest pattern (hurry, hurry, hurry please)

  91. Ohhh, I love the vest. Please add my name to the hat!

  92. Oh goodie, another draw.

  93. Wow – I love EVERYTHING in this book, but especially Cocalico. So pretty!

  94. I would love a copy of this book! I recently took a class with Fiona Ellis, so I’m raring to do more cablework.


  95. I love all things cabled. They’re so addictive to watch grow off your needles. Of course I need another book of cable designs.

  96. This does look like an interesting book. I’d love to own a copy.

    And paw floof is the best floof.

  97. That looks delightful! I’d love a copy 🙂

    those toe-hawks are AMAZING! thank you for sharing 🙂

  98. I love cables
    This is right up my street

  99. Paw floof. I can’t even.

  100. Indeed a lovely collection, but I cannot absorb another pattern book into my library. Too much mass, I am already giving pattern away.

    However, I did want to mention that I think your cowl is lovely and wondered if you need a test knitter?