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Review: Unexpected Cables by Heather Zoppetti

heather cablesUnexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting, Interweave/F+W; $24.99, by Heather Zoppetti

Unexpected Cables is divided into three sections: Refined, Lace, and Abstract.  She notes in her intro that you won’t find boxy heavy garments; rather, she opts for a lighter feel, whether by using smaller gauge yarns and smaller cables, incorporating lace cables, or unique shaping and construction.

Refined includes several patterns (Warwick hat, Cocalico pullover) with stitch patterns reminiscent of Bavarian twisted stitches — thin traceries of 1/1 crosses against simple background.

Lace includes both Aran Lace types of stitch patterns and standard cable stitch patterns mixed with lace stitch patterns. Ronks, worked in brushed Suri alpaca, is a lovely mix of lace and cables.  Talmage, a bottom up raglan, features a cabled lace pattern.

Abstract focuses on unique construction and stitch pattern manipulation.  I love the meandering cables of the Penryn pullover and the Drumore socks.

See all the patterns on Ravelry here.

I received my copy from the publisher