We’re doing our best not to turn the heaters on in the shop this week, in spite of it getting very cold – what is knitwear for, after all? We’ve had delivery of some lovely things which have reminded us just how well us knitters do “warm”. We can’t think of a better way to keep toasty than with the magic of cables – those deceptively simple twists that create a wind-proof, double-thickness fabric. If they’re good enough for seafaring Irishmen, they’re good enough for us.
One of our favourite masters of cables is Norah Gaughan. There was a bit of a frenzy amongst the Loop staff when this booklet, Norah Gaughan Volume 9, arrived at the shop a couple of winters ago. Who would get to knit what? In which colour? How would we manage not all wearing the same sweater on the same day?! We’re nice knitters, so we worked it out, but you can probably see why we were so worked up – this is cabled gorgeousness at its best.
Just in time for some cabled jumper knitting, a big delivery of Berroco yarns landed in the shop this week. The Ultra Alpaca aran weight is perfect for many of the patterns in NG Vol 9, and Peruvia Quick is an amazingly cosy yarn perfect for a chunky sweater like this one, free on the Berroco blog:
And Peruvia Quick comes in some delicious autumnal colours:
Also recently arrived at Loop is the ever-so-cosy Rowan Cocoon. We think Cocoon is great for all kinds of sweaters and accessories, but somehow it seems that more often than not, customers come in wanting to use it for one classic pattern – Kate Davies’ Owls sweater!
Now if you’re after something just a bit more delicately cabled, Ysolda Teague’s cardigan design from her brand-new book, The Rhinebeck Sweater, might be just the thing! Mixed with a touch of textured stitches, this is the perfect layering piece.
And dare we say it, we think it would be just right knit up in our new Fancy Tiger Crafts Heirloom – in Calendula perhaps?
Even if you haven’t tried cables before, now’s the time to give it a go! It’s easier than you think, and cables are so satisfying to knit. Grab yourself a cable needle, and get knitting!