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Power Cables: The Ultimate Guide to Knitting Inventive Cables [Paperback]

Lily Chin
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4 May 2010
Expert knitter and crocheter Lily M. Chin has been teaching cable knitting for nearly 20 years to packed houses and eager students. With Power Cables, she shares her designing and teaching expertise to create a must-have resource on this popular technique. This book takes the you from the most basic twisted stitches through complex and imaginative interpretations of cables that add texture, color, and even nontraditional explorations (such as turning stitches around, constructing cables with I-cord, and wrapping stitches to create the illusion of cables). Lily's signature and sought-after technique for creating reversible cables is thoroughly explained and integrated with the rest of the techniques, teaching the reader to make almost any cable reversible. In addition to knitting any cable pattern, readers will learn Lily's new charting system, which shows the behavior of the cable more clearly. Other tips include cabling without a cable needle, choosing the best yarns to show off different cable effects, and even designing your own cable patterns. Readers can practice each of these skills in an original knitted pattern?the book contains 15 original patterns for pullovers, jackets, bags, socks, and accessories.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (4 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596681675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596681675
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 21.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I remember Lily Chin as a rising star in the last wave of designer knitting in the late 80's, early 90's. Add to that my love of cables - all-consuming, so I was eager to have this book. As a knitwear designer myself, texture is all important. This book has excellent instructions, many cable stitches - some of which would have been better left out perhaps. There are 15 original patterns, but not that original and is someone colour blind or is it me? I love the hoodie, the stoles (there are two amongst the 15 patterns) but the pink and green colourway, the blue and yellow bag-ouch. However, before you start thinking this sounds awful - go and buy it because it has the best knitting pattern I have ever seen - a five-way cabled shrug that I cannot wait to knit, in fact I am going to be knitting this design in one yarn or another for the rest of my life. You might think from its title that it has five cables, no - it can be worn in five ways - how cool is that? This book also gives you lots of cable stitches to play with all on your own.-Karenplatt.co.uk Billed as the ultimate guide to knitting inventive cables, [this book] by Lily Chin aimes to teach you to cable with confidence, from the most basic twisted stitches to complex and imaginative interpretations. Lily has designed for fashionistas like Ralph Lauren and clothed celebrities like Naomi Campbell and you too can now share her signature style.-Let's Knit Here's the book to show us how to cable with confidence, from the most basic twisted stitches to complex and imaginative interpretations. Master knitter Lily Chin shares her techniques with advanced beginners, expert hand knitters and those with an interest in knitwear design. Basic instructions are included for a variety of cables plus over 15 original patterns. There's a useful charting technique to show cables clearly for hand knitters, which can also be used by machine knitters.-Machine Knitting Monthly Teaches knitters to cable with confidence, from the most basic twisted stitches to complex and imaginative interpretations. Master knitter Lily Chin shares her signature and sought-after technique for creating reversible cables in thorough detail. Advanced beginners, expert knitters and knitters with an interest in knitwear design will delight in this book. Included are basic instructions for a variety of cables, from simple to sculptural. There are more than 15 original patterns for pullovers, bags, socks and accessories, a new charting technique that shows cables clearly, plus invaluable tips and tricks, including how to design custom cable patterns.-Needle & Handicrafts Many knitters admire cables from afar, but wouldn't know the first thing about creating them! If you're intimidated by cables, or even if you're an expert looking for new ideas, you'll find this a valuable addition to your library. For inside, master knitter Lily Chin demonstrates her technique for creating reversible cables in fine detail. The cables range from simple to sculptural and throughout you'll pick up expert tips and tricks, as well as information on how to design your own cables. An exciting book that could open up a whole new world for you.-Knit Today See it, want it, buy it. That was my reaction to this 160-page handbook from Lily Chin. When I took it to a Leeds/Bradford branch meeting it was apparent how many followers this designer has for her wearable pieces, clear instructions, wealth of knowledge and years of experience. Several of the chapters cover reversible cables including cabled brioche (fisherman's rib/knit-one-below) stitch and cables in double knitting. A bonus is instructions for the Russian join - effectively interlocked eye-splices - for use on reversible fabrics. The cable designs are for continuous ones: no Celtic knots emerging from a sea of reverse stocking stitch, for example, and no voluminous cables where the fabric is contorted into folds and pockets. However, I was surprised that I could find no instructions for knitting single stitch cables without a cable needle ('cross stitch' in The Handknitter's Handbook by Montse Stanley but not the 'crossed stitch' of Mary Thomas' Knitting Book) since it is a quicker way of manipulating travelling stitches. But that just goes to show that the book had me thinking.-SlipKnot Cable is one of knitting's most popular techniques, but who knew it could be so versatile? Lily M. Chin has dedicated her latest book to investigating the nature and possibilities of cabling, breaking down 'the anatomy of cables' so you can get to grips with how they work. The book will ignite a passion for cable stitches, and if it's already alight, you'll be in cabling heaven! You'll learn how to make reversible cables that look just as presentable on each side, find out the hidden beauty of the wrong side of the stitch, and discover intricate stitches such as honeycomb and half-drop rope cable...and that's all before you get to the first of the patterns. Throughout the book Lily intersperses the patterns with detailed instructions on different aspects of cabling, ensuring you're fully equipped to knit each design as you encounter it. We love the 'Five-Way Cabled Shrug' for its elegance and versatility - the simple technique of placing buttons at strategic spots allows for a variety of styles. There's also a chapter on colourwork that will make your cabling pop. Near the end of the book you'll reach the chapter called 'Cable Integration', which talks you through how to invent and incorporate your own cable designs. The luscious photos show off the richness of this ultra-texture technique, while the clear explanations will entice you to tackle the projects and even create your own designs.-Simply Knitting

About the Author

Named a “Master Knitter” by Vogue Knitting International, Lily Chin has designed knitwear for magazines and yarn companies for nearly 25 years. She has crocheted runway pieces for Diane von Furstenburg, Ralph Lauren, Isaac Mizrahi, and Vera Wang, and her work has been on the backs of celebrities and supermodels such as Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. Her media appearances include the CBS Morning News, the DIY Network, HGTV, The Jane Pauley Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and the Martha Stewart Show. A noted instructor, Lily teaches workshops on knitting and crochet all over the world, and understanding cables is one of her most popular subjects. She lives in New York City.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Great book for the beginner and more experienced knitters too. The book could be improved with the addition of a cable stitch library but there's lots of good ideas and a few good patterns.
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4.0 out of 5 stars best pattern I have seen 20 Jun 2010
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I remember Lily Chin as a rising star in the last wave of designer knitting in the late 80's, early 90's. Add to that my love of cables - all-consuming, so I was eager to have this book. As a knitwear designer myself, texture is all important. This book has excellent instructions, many cable stitches - some of which would have been better left out perhaps. There are 15 original patterns, but not that original and is someone colour blind or is it me? I love the hoodie, the stoles (there are two amongst the 15 patterns) but the pink and green colourway, the blue and yellow bag-ouch. However, before you start thinking this sounds awful - go and buy it because it has the best knitting pattern I have ever seen - a five-way cabled shrug that I cannot wait to knit, in fact I am going to be knitting this design in one yarn or another for the rest of my life. You might think from its title that it has five cables, no - it can be worn in five ways - how cool is that? This book also gives you lots of cable stitches to play with all on your own. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power Cables 8 July 2011
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Excellent book, the Five-Way cabled shrug is the best knitting clothing pattern I have ever seen, its beautiful and can be worn in five different ways. This book shows many ways of doing cable even without a cable needle, patterns that look like cables but are not. I am knitting the cabled scarf for a friend, which is in chunky, but because I don't really like chunky I'm using aran instead and have adjusted the pattern by repeating part of the whole pattern given. This scarf is so neat. I think this book might be good for a beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Book 22 Feb 2013
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Thanks for a brilliant book well worth the cash paid as I like to make my own patterns and this helps to spice them up
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