Knitted Cable Sourcebook

© Abrams Books

Last week I hopped in the car with some friends and we made our way down to Bend for a wedding. I decided early on to call "not it" when it came to doing any of the driving. It wasn’t that I didn’t feel like driving, it was that I really wanted to get some light reading done. I purchased the Knitted Cable Sourcebook by Norah Gaughan last month and this three–hour drive was going to be the perfect time to dive right into it.

© Jared Flood / Norah Gaughan

I refer to Norah as the Queen of Cables. Every time I see one of her designs my brain explodes out of utter awe. How does she do it? Well, lucky for us she created a sourcebook to teach us her ways. Upon opening the Knitted Cable Sourcebook the beautiful, crisp photos caught my eyes. Not only was I excited about reading the book prior to opening it, but the pages were filled with beautiful photos that highlight the cables in all their glory. I spent most of the car ride flipping through the pages admiring all the photos. After spending most of my time staring at photos I went back to the introduction and started to read. One section, in particular, stood out to me.

"This book is meant to be both a resource for existing cable patterns and a jumping-off point for making new cable discoveries. Honestly, after 40-plus years of working with them, I feel as if I have barely begun to uncover their potential."

I’m going to share a little something with all of you that I’m a little embarrassed about. Until I read those lines from Norah, I had no idea that one could create their own cables. I thought that there was a set amount of cables and they had all been created already. That from these set cables that one could mix and match what to add to their pattern. To know that the world of cables still has doors to be unlocked makes me giddy inside. It also makes me admire Norah even more. This whole time I thought she was a genius who knew how to expertly mix and match existing cables. I didn’t realize that she was also creating her own cables. This just further solidifies calling her the Queen of Cables.

© Jared Flood / Norah Gaughan

The Knitted Cable Sourcebook has so much information. It’s definitely a must–have for someone looking to expand their knitting knowledge. The six chapters are a progression of cables, starting with the basics and ending with drawing — with textures and openwork. Each chapter has pictures of swatches and the directions on how to knit the cables. There are also enticing garment and accessory patterns scattered throughout the book with instructions on how to substitute the cables for others. I didn’t get very far in the book since I spent most of the time flipping through each page to see what I had to look forward to, but what I saw left me excited and ready to learn all that Norah has to share.  

I’m currently about to start on Chapter 2, which is where the swatches begin. My plan is to slowly and thoroughly enjoy this book, by reading every sentence and knitting every stitch.


My favorite pattern from the book:

© Jared Flood / Norah Gaughan

Sourcebook Chunky Cardigan - A chunky knit grandpa cardigan with a bulky vine–like cable pattern crawling up.

November 11, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin
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