If you have an interest in adventuring through the wonderful world of cables, then this book should absolutely be your go-to bible! It is so much more than just a "how to" pattern book... it is a thorough guide chock full of the ins and outs of cable patterning, instructions on how and when to use various cabling options, as well an in-depth guide to troubleshooting while developing your own patterns.
Pattern: Sourcebook Scarf from Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook
Yarn: 8 skeins of Malabrigo Chunky in Pearl
Needles: US 10, plus one cable needle
Modifications: I added a few extra rows in rib pattern before binding off to better match the beginning of scarf. Also added an extra tassel on both edges.
I can never resist a big chunky wrap and instantly fell in love with the gorgeous Sourcebook Scarf. I've always shied away from cabling in scarf form because the backside of a cable pattern can look so odd. But Norah fabulously showcases in her book a multitude of "reversible" cable options that actually look amazing from both the front and back!
As intricate as the cables were in this pattern, I knew I wanted a yarn that had just a bit of color variegation to be interesting without competing with the cables. Malabrigo Chunky merino wool was such a perfect fit! It's smooth texture and squishy bulkiness showcased these bold cables beautifully, while its kettle dyed color variances added a gorgeous depth and intrigue.
Each of the patterns available in the Sourcebook is both written out and charted. I personally prefer the visual cues of a chart, but the step-by-step instructions are easy for even a novice knitter to follow. I stayed true to the pattern instructions from the book, however, this guide offers enlightening insight into how cables are engineered so that a knitter can design their own and even mix and match cables in their own patterns.
One of the best assets the Knitted Cable Sourcebook has to offer is the instructions on how to substitute various cable patterns to still achieve the look and gauge for whatever project you are creating. There is so much liberty in developing a look that is uniquely your own, and I can't wait to get started on my next Sourcebook adventure!