This idea for this book was born after designing the Double Knot Cable Scarf. It is a beautiful cable. However, I thought its beauty was hindered being surrounded by purl stitches, as cables usually are. So I devised a way to increase and decrease along its outer edges to "free* the cable to show its true form. This first exploration into shaping cables led me to write this book.
The book is 8.5 x 11" in size, 36 pages in length, full-color, with spiral binding and clear protective front and rear covers. The first half of the book is comprised of 5 how-to chapters that walk the knitter through the shaping of cables, from simple to complex. The remainder of the book has 6 shaped cable designs, listed at left. Using the concept for your own designs necessitates the ability to read cable charts. The designs, however have BOTH chart and text directions. So even if you don't like charts, you can make the designs in the book.
This is a collection of 5 coordinating designs, knit in Plymouth Yarns Alpaca Boucle. This yarn is wonderfully soft and very reasonable in price for an alpaca yarn. It is easy to knit and comes in some fabulous color blends. I've made the samples in natural white and a beautiful blend of fuschia and orange, that has a bright raspberry overall appearance. The designs share the familiar X and O (kisses and hugs) cable pattern, but are used in a way that best accentuates each piece.
There's a wonderfully easy-to-wear kimono jacket in 2 sizes - 44" and 52" finished chest measurements. It has waist shaping for a feminine silhouette and clasps that nestle into the X cables on the front band. The front band is worked separately in one piece and slip stitched on. It hugs the back of the neck nicely.
Mittens and cloche are in 2 sizes - woman's medium and large. A wide scarf, perfect for winter and a purse with bobble closure option finish the collection. Wear the pieces alone or together. Knit them for yourself or knit the accessories as gifts!
The booklet is 22 pages in length, 8.5 x 11" in size and is solid ink printed on heavy, smooth 32 lb. stock, spiral bound with clear plastic front and rear covers, for protection against wear.
This instructional booklet provides an easy way for a sock knitter or designer to chart V, French and Dutch heel turnings.
Sock knitters now have a way to double-check pattern instructions and sock pattern designers have a way to accurately plot out any size heel turn for a pattern, without having to knit all the sizes, nor be proficient in spreadsheet formulas.
Step-by-step charts and explanations are given for the three typical flap heel turnings,using both odd and even heel flap stitch counts.
19 pages, 5.5 x 11" in size, solid ink printed on quality 32-lb stock,
Do you prefer row-by-row instructions for turning sock heels, but the sock patterns you use don't give them?
Would you prefer to use a different heel shaping, than what is offered in the sock patterns you use? Then, Heel Help is for you!
I have collated the directions for each heel turning style into 8.5" x 11" formatted PDF files. Each heel turn PDF includes the stockinette AND the heel stitch directions, in both odd and even heel stitch counts.
V-Heel PDF Price: $5
French Heel PDF Price: $5
Dutch Heel PDF Price: $5
When using Heel Stitch, the turnings will look best (flow from the heel flap) if the flaps are worked, thus:
For odd # of flap sts:
Row 1: *K1, sl 1; rep from *, end k1.
Row 2: Purl across.
For even # of flap sts:
Row 1: *Sl 1, k1; rep from * across.
Row 2: Sl 1, purl across.