Crafty Reads: Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook

I can tell you up front that I am not going to be able to do justice to this month’s crafty read, Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. So I’m going to transcribe the notes I took while reading this book, to portray the way it blew my mind.

Chapter 1 – Essentials

The explanations for her own cable terminology are great. How useful to have a language to refer to types and parts of cables. Whoa her cable symbols are genius – they communicate so much information. Looking at her charts really helps you see the cable in fabric. A stockinette stitch equivalent: how many stockinette stitches are the same width as this cable. Well this is such a handy concept and I am going to use this cable reference for that detail alone. So helpful in subbing out cables.

Chapter 2 – Basics

I’m sorry, these are your basic cables, Norah? I am about to get schooled here. The grouping of the cables into related families is so helpful in seeing the the effect of simple changes. Adding a single purl stitch or a twist can alter the character of a cable.

Chapter 3 – Adding Breadth

I am definitely only understanding this on a surface level. That’s fine. It will take several re-reads and some swatching of my own to really understand these principles at work. It’s no hardship to imagine devoting time to this again.

Chapter 4 – Expanding

Sometimes I turn the page and see a new cable so astounding that I make a little sound. This is so clearly the result of a lifetime’s work. I may never understand this like Norah does, my brain just may not work that way.

Chapter 5 – Finding Motifs

No joke, this could be the textbook for an entire semester-long course. Cables in Theory and Practice. The patterns she designed each have their own interesting details, but are backdrops for you to play with cables. They make me feel 😍

Chapter 6 – Drawing

I feel like she is Prometheus and has just brought down fire from the Gods.

And that’s it! I highly recommend you check out this book yourself, it is so dense with beauty and information. Next month I’ll be reading The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits if you want to join me.

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