YarnCraft Episode 87 :: 10 Tips on Knit & Crochet Cables

15 Mar

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This week on YarnCraft, Liz & Zontee walk you through the classic technique of cables. Whether it’s a preppy sweater or a classic afghan, cables add a lot to your project. While traditionally cables are part of the knitted realm of techniques, front post and back post stitches allow crocheters to achieve the look of cables. For both knitters and crocheters, we share 10 tips that will help you create cables that will really pop.

Patterns discussed include:

We also share an interview with cable maven Lily Chin, recorded in front of a live audience at Vogue Knitting Live, in NYC this past January. She talks about her latest book, Power Cables, as well as sharing tips on her Tips & Tricks books, discussed on YarnCraft episode 55. If you’re in the NYC area, you can take classes with Lily at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio later this fall.

Then on Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life, Liz & Zontee talk about unusual tools that you might find useful in your yarncrafting life.

Resources discussed include:

Join us again in two weeks, when we talk about why we’re yarncrafters and share the stories of that journey. We’re joined by author and Lion Brand’s Weekly Stitch contributor Michelle Edwards and sock designer Judy Sumner. As always, we want to hear from you — what you’re working on, your questions, and your comments. Post a message on the blog or email us at yarncraft [at] lionbrand [dot] com! You can also call in and leave a message at 774-452-YARN–that’s 774-452-9276.

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Theme music is “Boy with a Coin” by Iron and Wine, from the PodSafe Music Network.

Show Notes:
00:12 Intro & welcome
01:17 What’s on Liz & Zontee’s hooks & needles/listener questions
07:44 10 tips on knit & crochet cables
22:23 Interview with Lily Chin
30:06 Stash This: Ideas for Your Crafting Life
40:43 Thanks to our listeners and guests

  • DCAlane

    HI there – It looks like the “Direct Download (Right-click — Ctrl+click on Macs — and select save)” link is pointing to episode 86.

  • Svmoten

    Awwwwww LOVE your podcast but today’s did not show up– archives just have march 1. Hope you fix it soon!! Love ya, Liz and Zontee!

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    Hi DCAlane, it’s fixed now. Enjoy!

  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft Podcast

    Hi Svmoten, if you mean on iTunes, sometimes they take a little time to update their listings (but episode 87 shows up this morning); you can contact them directly if you have any problems finding the episode. If you mean here on the blog, the “direct download” link has been updated, but you can always listen to the current episode via the Adobe flash player at the top of every blog post.

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  • http://yarncraft.lionbrand.com YarnCraft Podcast

    Hi Sunnye, it’s working correctly on our computers. Just right click the link (or hold Ctrl while clicking if you’re on a Mac) and click on “Save link as” to save the file to your computer. If that’s not working, could you let us know if you’re seeing an error message? If so, what does it say?

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    Hi Pinkyogadiva, check out episode 82 or episode 22, both of which talk about organizing your yarncrafting space. Hope that helps!

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    I loved today’s show; I know you have “day jobs”, but I wish you were weekly! You asked how we all started yarn crafting. My story is, I’m sure, like many others out there: I was lucky enough to have a very talented aunt teach me at a very young age. And I actually remember the first time she took me to her favorite yarn store. She passed away when I was 13, so I’ve mostly taught myself through the years, but I can’t thank her enough for the introduction to the world of knitting. I can’t imagine life without yarn and needles!

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    When did I start crafting? I don’t remember any time I did not craft. I have vague memories of outline stitching on sewing cards, cardboard pictures that one would stitch around in a running stitch. I remember making pot holders with stretchy loops and a square loom. I have “gimps” and “love beads” that I crafted. In the fifth grade we were taught to knit garter stitch squares to send to the Red Cross. This was not a successful project, the yarn was stiff and it split like crazy. I did not finish my square. When I was almost 14, my Nana came to stay with my family after she had surgery. She was an expert crocheter and she taught me to make granny squares which at that time were used for vests and other accessories. This project gave me confidence in my ability to yarn craft and within a few years I was crocheting and knitting like mad. Today I enjoy many crafts, crochet, knit, embroidery, but most of all I enjoy gifting my finished projects.