Nothing says fall knitting quite like cables. Many of us have spent the summer knitting airy shawls or linen pullovers, perhaps putting in a few rows on a woolly sleeve for that Rhinebeck sweater when the weather isn’t too oppressive. But once there’s a nip in the air, we can celebrate by diving straight into a pile of good wool and reveling in all the possibilities. This feels like the time of year to take on serious projects—big garments, new techniques, challenging designs that will make us better knitters. Cables offer up endless ways to produce visually appealing and extra-cozy garments, perfect for cold-weather wear and for satisfying our cravings for truly hearty knitting. In that spirit, here’s a round-up of some of the cabled projects in our new Fall collection. We’re hoping a little extra information about each one might help you evaluate these options for your own autumn knitting. (Click on any of the images in the post to read full specs about each pattern.)   _0001_Willamette Take a closer look if you… love textured, geometric fabrics and timeless style—and can’t get enough cables in your knitting. Willamette’s stitches cross on every row to form a deeply textured, deeply cozy fabric. You’ll work from two different charts, one for each face of the scarf, and it’s more than a little addictive to watch two separate but harmonious patterns forming on each side. The cables are almost always two stitches crossing over one, so you’ll probably find you can ditch the cable needle and trust your stitches not to try any funny business while you slide them off and rearrange them. The motifs are easy to track and you may be able to abandon the charts completely after a few repetitions. Things to know before you cast on: This isn’t a speedy knit, but it’s a handsome gift that may succeed with recipients who don’t normally wear handknits—and it’s definitely the kind of present you’ll want to steal back from time to time. Skill Level: 3 out of 5 (intermediate)   _0000_Copse Take a closer look if you… long to work up some truly glorious chunky cables but tend to overheat in bulky sweaters. It will look stunning draped over your favorite armchair when you’re not wearing it. This plush wrap is a cable-lover’s dream, and the large-scale motifs bring out Quarry’s very best. Every right-side row involves crossing stitches, but the motifs interact rhythmically and predictably, so you won’t have to peer at the charts every moment once you’ve established the pattern and can refer to the work you’ve already done. On wrong-side rows you’ll just knit or purl the stitches as they lie. The largest crossings are three over three, so depending on your comfort level and trust in your wool, you may be able to work largely without a cable needle. And you’ll learn a beautiful extension of I-cord that produces a flat vertical edge you may want to apply to future scarves, blankets, or cardigan fronts. Things to know before you cast on: This pattern is worked from large charts. Skill Level: 3 out of 5 (intermediate)   _0002_McLoughlin Take a closer look if you… like dramatic texture but prefer tailored shapes. McLoughlin looks complex but makes for a mellower knit than you might expect—large sections of the torso require cabling only every sixth row, and since it’s worked in the round with the motif only on the front, there’s quite a lot of knitting that won’t require your full attention. In chunky Quarry, this slightly cropped pullover will work up quickly despite the intricate patterning. And there’s no seaming apart from the underarm grafts. Things to know before you cast on: There’s waist shaping to keep track of, and you’ll need to embrace the purl stitch to work in reverse stockinette. You’ll also have to be comfortable working from large charts. Skill Level: 4 out of 5 (adventurous intermediate)   _0003_Birch Bay Take a closer look if you… love the comfort and style of an extra-wide pullover but crave knitterly details to hold your interest while you’re making all that fabric. If you enjoy knitting cables but don’t like the bulk large ones produce, consider fashion-forward Birch Bay. The traveling stitches that form the delicate leaf outlines are all single crosses, so you won’t ever need a cable needle. The simplicity of the garment’s shape makes this an intermediate-level knit, and there won’t be any fiddly modifications necessary to achieve the intended fit. Things to know before you cast on: Birch Bay is meant to drape like a poncho, so don’t shy away from the generous ease the designer has indicated. Skill Level: 3 out of 5 (intermediate) And if none of these seems quite your style, here are a few more of our picks from the BT Archive that have become fan favorites: _0000_Backbay _0001_Bellows _0006_VIKA _0005_Stonecutter _0004_Bray _0002_Timberline _0003_Exeter


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