I was raised in a family of Norwegian knitters who knit constantly, and I’ve been knitting since I was five years old.

That said, I never fail to be impressed by the creativity of other knitters. I especially admire those who step away from the complicated traditional Norwegian patterns and sweaters I grew up with and instead knit fun things – like toys!  One blogger I recently met generously shares her creative designs for knit toys.  Encouraged by her creativity, I am going to recreate a doll (a single doll that has three characters) I sewed for my daughter 30 years ago into a knit pattern.

In the interim, however, I’m working on what will be a vest for Thor out of some very old Chelsea Silk I (re)discovered in my (quite large and disorganized) yarn stash.  Here’s a picture of my gauge swatch.  As you can see, I first knit two straight stitch gauge swatches (beginning on US 7 and then on US 6 – I tend to knit loose), separated by a purl row.  Then I cast on additional stitches and, using US 6, knit out the cable swatch out.  (I’m designing the vest and wonder whether I should do a series of posts walking blog visitors through how to design a pattern and fit the project to its intended recipient using this vest as an example.)

Busy with various other knitting and weaving projects, I had forgotten how much I enjoy knitting complicated cables and could have continued knitting on the cable gauge swatch for a couple more hours!  I love the look of the 40 stitch cable pattern, and I will put one in the middle of both the front and the back of Thor’s vest.

Thor asked why cable both sides, and I said I wanted people to think “ooooh, amazing cables!” whether he was coming toward them or walking away.  His response:  “You do realize, don’t you, that only women are going to think that.”  Hmmm, maybe I should forego the cables altogether?!  Nahhhhh. 🙂


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6 Responses to Cables

  1. Thanks, I think the color is gorgeous too. I actually think I may have overdyed it some years ago b/c in my stash was a half a ball of Cascade and it’s a slightly different brickish red. 🙂 I will post some pics this weekend.


  2. Cheryl Marie says:

    I’ll be looking forward to seeing the cabled vest progress! The color of your swatch is very rich, I bet it’s going to be beautiful.


  3. Oh yes indeed! My second project was a sweater too (though a baby sweater!). But never a pattern. My mother didn’t know any knitting terms in English (her English was always broken), and by then we were living in the U.S., so her instructions were along the line of “do it that way then do this” as she demonstrated. 🙂 I was in my 30s when I learned how to read (and understand) patterns written out in either language!


  4. jenyjenny says:

    My friend and mentor, Ethel, also has a Norwegian background. She says her very first project, after learning to knit, was a sweater! Norwegians must have some serious knitting genes!


  5. I’m with you … Someone how cabling on only the front would make it look lopsided or something. Can you imagine an Aran sweater but only Aran on one side? 🙂


  6. So… he wants a vest with a textured pattern on the front, but… plain on the back?
    But, I am a woman, so maybe it’s in the chromosomes. Or, it’s completely normal and logical to match the front of an item of clothing to the back. One of!

    PS props for swatching; gorgeous pattern and colour. 😀


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