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Old 06-30-2005, 09:53 AM   #11
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The best part about that pattern is that you are doing the cables separate from the hat. If you need to rip you are not ripping the whole thing, just the 17 stitches of the cable.
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Old 06-30-2005, 11:53 AM   #12
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Nuno I agree with you about charts. I prefer them as there are no typos in them. If the pattern doesn't line up it shows in a chart.

Remember you are only doing one st at a time and corssing one cable at a time so the size of the cable shouldn't intimedate you. Cables are the first thing a beginner should learn after they learn to put k and p sts together. They are much simpler than color or lace work and make your work look exotic.

I was pleased to read you have decided to go for it. Most of the people I've helped learn cables are so extremely thrilled at their finished projects. You are going to love the results.
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Old 06-30-2005, 01:33 PM   #13
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There's a cable hat pattern by one of our very own members here, and I believe it was one of her first projects!

I made the hat, too, and it turned out very nicely.

Edited to add: Thanks, Anise! :XX:
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Old 06-30-2005, 06:07 PM   #14
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I LOVE that pattern - in fact, it inspired me to order some new yarn from knitpicks! :D
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Old 06-30-2005, 07:21 PM   #15
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Her charts are very easy to read, as long as you have her key. I'm currently knitting Rogue, which pretty much said the same thing about advanced cables or whatnot. I tackled it anyway just because I Rogue. Haven't had any problems with the cables at all!!!

Go for it!!!!!
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Originally Posted by Silver
Cables are so easy. They're the easiest thing you can do to make your knitting look complicated. But shhh! Don't tell anyone!
Silver - I agree, cables are so much fun and easily get you the "wow" factor when giving gifts. By the way, your cable project in that picture is absolutely beautiful. Is that a pattern that you designed yourself?
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Old 07-01-2005, 03:14 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by suziehomemaker
Silver - I agree, cables are so much fun and easily get you the "wow" factor when giving gifts. By the way, your cable project in that picture is absolutely beautiful. Is that a pattern that you designed yourself?
Thank you! No, I didn't design that. It's a square in the afghan I'm working on right now, called the Great American Aran Afghan.
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Silver - When I got on your site and saw the pictures of all of the squares I made such a noise that my husband stopped playing his xbox to see what was wrong. He saw the pictures and said "wow, I want one for us."

Yeah - I ordered the pattern book. It may take me a year or two to get it done but I'll do it and love it! It's definitely a family heirloom in the making!

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That's great!!! I have soooooooo loved knitting this afghan. The best thing about it is that each square is totally different. And when you finish one, it's like a little finished object all by itself, so the whole task doesn't seem nearly as daunting.

I'm ALMOST finished. I'm stitching the border on right now. It should be finished tomorrow!!!

Please let me know when you get started on it!
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I googled the name of the pattern to see what people used for yarn. I was thinking that if it's not going to be a gift that I won't worry about the cost too much. I thought about using something that can be machine washable but still felt luxurious. I may not start this project until I find the perfect yarn!

I noticed that many people used a white or cream color. Do you think a natural alpaca color would still show the detail of each square?
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