As a big fan of cables, this was a welcome addition to my collection of knitting books. It contains all a beginner needs to know, basics of knitting, yarns, tools of the trade and finishing techniques. The stitches include 'real' and mock cables. Some of the photographs are very large close-ups, making it very clear what you need to do. For the more experienced knitter, there are stitches you perhaps won't have come across but there is nothing too challenging here. It's wonderful to put a name to all those cables I have been knitting over the years. There are also contemporary projects such as mug cosies. A good mix of stitches and 13 projects.-KarenPlatt.co.uk The Very Easy Guide to Cable Knitting by Lynne Watterson does exactly what it says on the tin. I have had a go at cable before, but only within easy reach of my darling Mum who is a much more accomplished knitter. With this book I now feel I could fly solo. The pictures are very clear and each new technique is explained thoroughly. The book also cements these every few patterns with a project, which are a sensible size upon which to practice something new. Each section is called a lesson, and it does feel very like a course which builds the complexity of the patterns. The book is very plainly laid out, there are no sumptuous images of fancy yarns and massive knitted blankets of unimaginable complexity but I think this makes it all the more inspirational. I have big plans for my adventures in cable, this book allows you to do that- to use the lessons learned for your future knitting projects- definitely a book shelf staple not a one-project wonder!-Jennyflowerblue.blogspot.com Cable always looks difficult: impressive, but difficult. Here is a whole book dedicated to helping knitters get to grips with this attractive and important stitch. The book says "even beginners", and indeed the basics of the craft are all in here from choosing your kit to casting on, and doing the basic stitches such as plain and purl. It is organized in a series of lessons, and these are the first five of them although I wouldn't personally buy it for a beginner unless they were learning to knit just so they could do cable. There are some good projects in here for attractive and useful garments such as a scarf, tea cozy, hot water bottle cover, bags, baby blanket etc all of which feature cable of course but which are not necessarily ideal projects for the complete novice. Any improver who had already done a bit of ordinary knitting and could follow a basic pattern would probably be all right with most of them. There is a short chapter on reading charts that most people would find very useful and two whole sections on the cables themselves (mock and true), each presented as a small sample to work through before tackling an actual item. I like the staged approach to what is generally regarded as a complex aspect of knitting and it does indeed look possible, particularly as working a sample first then making a simple project is an excellent way to learn. The latter part of the book shows you some ways of making your work look even better, such as tassels, adding buttons, blocking and pressing and the all-important (and often omitted) aftercare. If you want to learn cable, here is where to do it.-Myshelf.com Beginner or dab hand at knitting? Either way, you can knit cables, as this book proves. The cables are divided into three sections - easy, cable panels and cable patterns - so you can learn how to create anything frommock cables to intricate bobble-textured plaits. Each lesson opens with a cable technique explained in clear instructions and step-by-steps. At the end of each lesson there's a project that uses the stitch patterns you've learned, so you can practise the techniques.-Knit Today If you've not yet had a go at cable knitting, or if you'd like to try some new cable stitches, this book will tempt you to do it. Its pages are filled with clear photos of dozens of different varieties, helpfully grouped into three sections. First there are mock cables that can be worked on two ordinary needles, then cable panels and finally all-over cable patterns. Each stitch is given its own page with photos, diagrams and instructions. At the end of each section you'll find a small number of projects to try out your new skills, ranging from quick knits such as mug cosies to larger items, including a baby blanket. As a bonus there's a final chapter about finishing techniques such as fringing and pom-poms.-Simply Knitting This neat little paperback will give any knitter the confidence to attempt cable stitching. It starts with an introduction on yarns, needles and knitting kits and leads onto the practical side of knitting with advice about casting on, stitches and charts. All these are explained very clearly and simply with excellent photographs and easy to follow written instructions. There are many projects decorated with a wide range of textured cables, some simple and some more complex, but all easy to understand. There is also a comprehensive section on finishing techniques which make an interesting addition to completed projects.-Meg-online.info Now what can we tell you about this book that you don't already know? It is, indeed, a very easy guide to cable knitting and, to be honest, it's no more complex than that! The uncluttered cover is a good indication of how clearly it's laid out inside - it's presented in 21 lessons, which take you from the very basics of yarn choice, to working cables, making projects (like a napkin ring, scarf and storage basket) and then adding the right finishing touches. It's a very encouraging read that will allow beginners to attempt cables for the first time - and master them - or help more experienced knitters to hone their technique.-Knit Today This neat little paperback will give any knitter the confidence to attempt cable stitching. It starts with an introduction on yarns, needles and knitting kits and leads onto the practical side of knitting with advice about casting on, stitches and charts. All these are explained very clearly and simply with excellent photographs and easy to follow written instructions. There are many projects decorated with a wide range of textured cables, some simple and some more complex, but all easy to understand. There is also a comprehensive section on finishing techniques which make an interesting addition to completed projects.-Megonline.co.uk
About the Author
Lynne Watterson has been knitting and designing for as long as she can remember. At the age of five she designed her first outfit - a sweater, hat and scarf ensemble for her Barbie doll. With knitting in hr blood - her grandfather was a machine knitter and her grandmother a pattern checker for a knitting publication - it came as no surprise to her family when, on leaving school, she worked as a knitting sub-editor at IPC Magazines, serving a five-year apprenticeship. Her apprenticeship was cut short, however, when she was offered the position of knitting editor on a publication for Marshall Cavendish Partworks. Lynne is now one of the most experienced craft editors in the business, having edited many craft magazines and contributing regularly to many publications, including Prima and Ideal Home. Lynne lives and works in the Cotswolds where she works as a designer, writer and editor.