View Full Version : Need help with cable shawl

08-12-2007, 02:14 AM
I'd like to make my mom some type of a cabled shawl for Christmas, but I'm not having any luck finding anything that really jumps out at me. I'd like to make her something beautiful of course, but I don't know if I can handle something really super detailed with a bunch of different stitch patterns on it.

I guess I'm feeling rather uninspired right now and need some help. I looked at knittingpatterncentral.com and didn't really see anything that jumped out at me there, either. Any ideas? I thought the dark grey shawl located on this (http://coloursknits.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_archive.html) page was REALLY pretty, but I have no idea where to find that pattern (plus, a free pattern would be better :wink:); I suppose I could grab my Vogue Knitting book with the stitches in it and try to design it myself, but the thought of that makes me queasy! :ick:

Also, what about using a variegated yarn with cables--can it be done? Everything I've seen in cables is always solid yarn...I don't want the cables to get lost in the color changes.

Susan P.
08-12-2007, 08:09 AM
I think this a lovely scarf and all you would need to do for a shawl is to make the scarf wider - either double or perhaps triple:


In fact this page has various cables scarves you could treat in the same manner:


In terms of variegated yarn. Cabling can get lose depending on how fine the yarn is, but, that said, if the colouration is subtle and soft I think the first pattern could look gloriously lovely.

08-12-2007, 08:47 AM
I think this (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/PATTtriaran.html) one is very pretty. I am thinking of making one myself...when I
get the zillion other projects I am working on down to a more
manageable number...haha :)

08-12-2007, 09:08 AM
I posted a thread a bit back asking if cables could/should be done with varigated yarn. I got a variety of responses. So I decided to go ahead and try it.

I made an Irish Hiking scarf and hat with a Schaefer varigated yarn and it came out LOVELY. I would stick with a simple cable design.

08-12-2007, 01:52 PM
I think if you doubled or trebled Silvers reversable cable scarf it would make a lovely shawl and you wouldn't have to be concerned about which side was out when wearing it.

08-12-2007, 11:11 PM
How about Knitpicks pocket shawl - you can do it without the pockets (I would). http://www.knitpicks.com/kpimages/pdf/50486220.pdf