Horizontal Cables

This horizontal cable is constructed a little differently than most cables, but once blocked and finished, the effect is fabulous! Certainly not the stuff of an entire sweater, I think it makes a great accent above the rib – as I used it on the photo pictured at left. The full pattern is in More Hand-Manipulated Stitches, but you could apply this effect to any pattern you like.

If you study the chart, you will see that all of the strips are knitted by bridging, which leaves a bridge bar/float between each of the strips. Pay careful attention to the video where I show how to prevent these floats from being trapped on the knit side (where they would look just plain awful!). You’ll also see that once the strips are knitted, the strips are crossed three times before any more rows are knitted, which is why it required so many rows on each strip.

Once blocked/washed, a good wool will bloom and fill out the stitches, hiding any of the small gaps that remain.

Bridged Cables

I still have two more videos on cables (horizontal cables and how to repair a wrong crossing after the fact) that I hope to get edited and posted soon, but right now I am neck deep in editing a full length video called Open Spaces to support my newest book. There are dozens and dozens of techniques, incredible close-ups and you even get to see my gorgeous face on camera! We shot this class with three cameras, yielding about 1100 GIGA bites of film to edit and combine so I am probably looking at months of editing before it is ready to release. I do not expect to work on my tan this summer.

I will be releasing the Open Spaces class through my web site and one of the video platforms I have been investigating. It is also probable that it will be available on DVD and possibly USB as well. I expect the finished class to be several hours, divided into specific lessons and sections and until the editing is done, I have no idea what the final cost will be. Rest assured, I will still try to produce as many of these free videos for the blog as time allows, but I’ve got to devote some of my energies to income producing projects! Still in the planning – and editing – stages here so, like they say, stay tuned for further details! I’m just grateful the six days of shooting are behind me.

Bridging has always been my favorite way to make the machine bend to my will and I’ve included bridged techniques in all four of my books, dedicating the third, More Hand-Manipulated Stitches, to that topic alone. That said, this video covers three bridged techniques: manually enlarging specific stitches mid-row, using the carriage to increase the stitch size of specific stitches and adding extra rows to individual groups of needles. These are all techniques that can be used for texture and to help manipulate stitches more easily. The tools that I use in the video can be purchased on my web site, www.guagliumi.com. I hope you and this video useful and fun and that it opens a few new doors for you.

Summer is almost here – though you would never know it from the weather right now in Connecticut! If I am not sitting here at the computer editing film, I am likely to be out in the garden, which means my nails won’t be fit for film again until early fall!