Friday, January 13, 2017

10 reasons to try knitting cables: free knitting patterns

designer: Debbie Adriulli
As I might have mentioned before, this new year I am branching out and resolving to learn new crafts... but I'm not looking to do this alone! So to help bring you along on this journey, I'm going to revisit some of my favorite crafts in the hopes that you will be inspired to try any of those that are new to you; this time around we are knitting cables! Whether you're an experienced knitter, or just getting started, I've found 10 FREE patterns that will definitely pique your interest in taking your skills to the next level ;D

I remember when I first learned to knit, cables were the first "special technique" I wanted to learn. In fact, that was the whole reason I wanted to learn to knit! I loved the look of intertwining branches, braided so precisely... and the combinations seemed endless. And they aren't just pretty! Cables provide shaping, thickness, and can hide increases or decreases in your patterns.

Have I sold you yet? OK! Then take a look below, I've compiled 3 lists of cable patterns from some awesome designers on ravelry.com . These patterns are divided up by experience level:

  • Beginner: these are patterns that are worked flat, and contain straightforward single cable patterns
  • Intermediate: these may be worked in the round, and contain combination cables
  • Advanced: these are patterns that include intricate cable combinations, cable and lace combos, and other techniques
Before we jump in, of course I have to disclaim a few things... While I am a pattern designer myself, these are not my patterns. I haven't actually completed all of them, so I can't answer questions about the designs or techniques in the instructions. The patterns are generously shared for free, by the designers (just click on the title to link to the patterns). However, I don't know any of these designers personally, nor have I been compensated for this review. I simply love patterns from independent designers, and want to share their great work! That being said... let's jump in ;D


Beginner

Lava Flow Cowl


by Dixie Norton
Looks like a complicated piece, but really a piece of cake!
cost: free download
designer: Dixie Norton

Cable Comfort / Sutter's Mill Throw


by Lion Brand Yarn
Technically this is from a large co. not an indie designer... still a great pattern!
cost: free download
Lion Brand Yarn

Honey Stitch Cowl

by Davina Choy
Did you know that you can cable without a cable needle?
cost: free download
designer: Davina Choy

Intermediate

forest park cowl


by Liz Abinante
The repeat cable pattern is spaced by garter stitch ribbing to give this cowl a classic, textured look.
cost: free download

desinger: Liz Abinante


Cabled Dad Hat

by Alexis Winslow
The hat looks great with the brim folded up for a classic look, or unfolded so the back of the hat slouches down.
cost: free download

designer: Alexis Winslow

Stockinette Cable Boot Cuff

by Debbie Andriulli
These boot cuffs are warm and stylish! (and quick!)
cost: free download
designer: Debbie Anrdriulli

Advanced

Pome

by Agata Smektala
You may knit it as a beanie or as a slouchy hat, even add a pom pom!
cost: free download

Photo: "Enyo" on ravelry

Mad Mix Socks

by Virpi Tarvo
This one allows you to pick and choose the bits that please or challenge you the way you like and make a unique pair!
cost: free download
designer: Virpi Tarvo

Cuddle Me

by maanel
A cozy baby blanket that would also make a great wrap!
cost: free download
designer: maanel

Cabled Glovelets

by Meg White
Add beads to highlight the cable pattern!
cost: free download
designer: Meg White

Once again, I want to thank all the independent designers out there who not only dream up these patterns, but take the time to document them so we can all enjoy them!
OK, that's all for now; on to the next project! Want to know what it is? Follow me on twitter for sneak peeks and updates! If you're just looking for DIY inspiration, stayed tuned @ dawntoussaint.com for more on my DIY projects through the year! If you're looking to get some of the items you've seen here, on twitter, or on my boards, check out my etsy shop!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Post holiday regroup, and a look ahead!

This holiday season I found myself spending some much needed time with friends and family, even though that wasn't necessarily the plan. But now that the festivities are over, I'm back to work planning some great stuff for 2017!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

London calling! Footstool makeover part 1


I do love to mix things up! Contemporary with vintage, soft with sleek, handmade with industrial. I think the dichotomy just accentuates the best of both worlds. So, do I think of punk rock when I think of foot stools... Well, maybe not right away. But when I saw this strange, plastic covered thing in the thrift shop I just had a vision! A monochrome Union Jack, in needlepoint... it just had to be ;D

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Giving thanks and supporting small biz


Looking for that holiday cheer? Well searching the malls and big box retailers for the perfect gift at the best price is not the way to find it. This year you can delight your friends and family with nostalgic, whimsical, one of a kind gifts... Here's why shopping small, handmade, and vintage is the best way to celebrate the holidays (and everyday)!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Holiday knitting: keep warm with a few of my favorite free patterns

I love to spend time with the family during the holidays, but I also know that at some point during the festivities I will need a break. At some point after dinner, when the football comes on TV, and kids start getting out their games... that's when I break out the knitting needles, find a comfy chair, and settle in! Whether you need a break from the crowd, or you need to get ahead of your gift knitting, stay warm with a few of my favorite free patterns to work during the holidays!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanskgiving at the grown up table: vintage folding chair upcycle


It wouldn't be a holiday if I wasn't working up to the last minute on some kind of project... this year it's a little extra seating, vintage style. I picked up these adorable little wooden folding chairs over the summer, at the request of my Mom (actual quote): "I wish I had some extra chairs for family dinner night". Well that's all I needed to hear... So the plan is to show up with these 3 upcycled seats to share with the family!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Upcycled upholstery: round tufted ottoman

We all know by now, I'm a sucker for a sad and discarded piece of furniture... especially one that's seen more years than I have, or one that simply has so much potential! Well, this project is just one more example of why I can't let those little treasures go. If you've ever been out shopping for that perfect little accent piece, small bench seat, or foot rest, than you know it's not only difficult to find... it will cost you! In this post I'll show you that you can get that high dollar perfect look for less, with a bit of work and creativity!