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Friday, August 29, 2008

Examples of Cable Knit -- Arm Cozies and Owl Sweater

Back to Cable Knit! Now that you know how cables are knit, I thought I would share with you some of the projects I have made, or others have made as gifts, or you could make yourself.

First is a pair of white cable knit arm cozies that I made for my daughter to wear when she is playing with the high school band at football games in the cold fall weather we get around here. The band kids get so cold, but for the field show at half time they can only wear their band uniform, and their fingers must be exposed in order to play their instruments. These arm cozies are fingerless, but do have a separate thumb which is nice. They go all the way up past the elbow by about three inches so they keep her hands and arms nice and...well...cozy.

Cable Knit Arm CosiesAnd here they are! You can see that her fingers are free to move around and play her instrument, but her hands and arms are snug inside the cable knit cozy. These were made with Red Heart worsted weight yarn, even though the pattern called for Lion Brand Lion Cashmere Blend yarn. I decided to try them out with inexpensive yarn to see how she liked them before investing in more expensive yarn. She likes them just fine the way they are, so I didn't get the cashmere to make a new pair.

Cable Knit Arm CosiesHere you can see the cable going up the middle of the front, and the separate thumb. Very practical for playing or typing or doing anything where you need the use of your fingers unhindered. There is only one cable row on each arm so it was a pretty easy pattern to knit.

When making a pair of something, like these cozies or sleeves for a sweater or mittens, I always knit them both at the same time on the same needles so that the tension remains the same for each and so I don't have to follow the directions through twice and, most importantly so that they both end up the same size!

Cable Knit Owls Sweater FrontAren't these owls just the cutest little things with their button eyes and sitting on their little garter stitch perches? My husband's aunt made this sweater for our younger daughter and she wore it until she just couldn't squeeze into it one more time. The owls are made by working a right and left twist cable at the ears, neck and feet. It may look complicated, but really that is all there is to it.

Cable Knit Owls Sweater BackThis is the back of the sweater -- four wide-eyed owls! The whole sweater is knitted in a very delicate fingering weight pink and always got so many compliments whenever it was worn.

If you are looking for a blanket pattern to practice your cable knitting, here is one from Mary Maxim that would be a fun project. You do need to register with Mary Maxim to access the free patterns, but it is well worth it because of the variety they offer. This pattern is made with Bernat Chunky yarn and size 10 circular needles, so I think it would work up quickly and not be too hard on the hands.

If you decide to give cable knitting a try, I would love to see what you make. Leave a comment and I'll let you know how to send me a picture.

Happy knitting!

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  • Do you have the pattern for the owl baby sweater?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 20, 2014 at 10:27 PM  

  • Hello Anonymous! Thanks for your comment! I do not have a pattern for the owl sweater. As noted in the post, this sweater was made by my husband's aunt, not by me. I would recommend doing a google search for a child's owl sweater, or look on ravelry. You may be able to find a free pattern online. If all else fails, your local yarn shop may be a good source for a pattern.

    Hope this helps.


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At August 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM  

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