Now the weather is cooling off, we are all thinking about cosy winter knits and if you want to be on trend this season you can have a lot of fun with your hand knits because along with bright colours and mismatched fair isle, big and bold cables are certainly the order of the day.
As you can see above cables can be used all over classic sweaters and oversized jumpers or a few bold feature cables can make a statement.
We have picked out a few patterns to get you started.
Clockwise from top left:
- The Pevensie sweater from Yarn Stories embodies the all over cable trend in a classic shape
- This bright poncho in Sublime Lola makes good use of a central cable
- Giant cables and dropped stitches makes this sweater in Rico Creative Melange Big stand out
- This Wendy Harris super chunky sweater shows the striking quality of a single large plait
- Colourful yarns, textural stitches and cables are a classic combination as in this King Cole pattern
- The James C Brett scarf with cable pockets also works with the trend for large scarves
If you are a little nervous of cable patterns, take a little time to read the instructions carefully and practice with some scrap yarn. The instructions will ask you to slip a few stitches on to a cable needle and hold them to the front or back of the work. You will then knit or purl one or more stitches from your main needle and then the ones on your cable needle. There is no need to twist stitches – all you are doing is knitting your stitches in a different order to how they were originally on your needle.