I am an inexperienced knitter but already I know I am fascinated by cables. So far I have done several cabled squares for a blanket (still about 40 squares to go) and am now working on a Besotted scarf for my mother. I'm thinking about doing Silver's Palindrome scarf for my father.
I am most interested in the traditional Saxon/Celtic-type cables from mythology, I guess you could say. I was looking at "Viking Patterns for Knitting" by Elsebeth Lavold on Amazon but don't know if it's appropriate for me. I'd hate to buy it and then not be able to knit anything in it. (I order books in English online and can't see them beforehand)
I wish I knew more about these cables so I could describe them more accurately--what they are, what they meant to the people who invented them.
This is what I mean: Saxon Braid « The Walker Treasury Project
If anyone has knitted something from the Viking pattern book, I'd love to see pictures and hear your thoughts.