I’m not afraid to try new things, but sometimes I do go overboard. I fancied trying a pattern with cables, so I went on the hunt and found something I liked. It had cables, but not just one set. It had four!
Plus, just to spice things up a bit, I decided to chose a pattern that incorporated part of the back with the front, and the neckband all in one piece.
The cables themselves are not difficult — fiddly, but not difficult. I experienced issues with the cable needle (it had a mind of its own) and decided to throw caution to the wind and not use one, choosing to just remove the stitches from the needle. Worked well for me, but it can be dangerous so be careful.
The first half, as pictures to the right above, starts in the middle of your back and is worked around your side and up the front. It wasn’t hard once I got used to the pattern itself and the shaping. But when I had to pick up the stitches and work in the opposite direction, that proved more difficult because I had to reverse the shaping, which was confusing. The second half took a while to conquer, but I got there in the end.
Once all the pieces were knitted, it took me quite some time to work out how the pieces fitted together. Eventually, I laid the pieces on the table as if they had been sawn together and that’s when I realised what I had to do.
The pattern is called Get Cabled Shrug designed by Alice Tang and is available for free download.
This was an intermediate pattern and took me some time to knit, about six weeks. I used 8 ply acrylic wool.
I’m happy with the end result and know I’ll wear the shrug. I love the colour and I decided to add an invisible hook and eye to keep the shrug in place, rather than knit the recommended cord.