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  • Try This Stitch: Horseshoe Cables

    Horseshoe cable

    Cables, like this Horseshoe variation, shine in solid color yarns. A single cable framed with garter or reverse stockinette stitch adds interest to an otherwise plain item. Insert one on a sweater, hat, socks, or any other project that calls for added textural interest.

    The swatch shown was worked in New Basic 175 Yarn (colorway Wisteria) and US 8/5mm needles. The cable is a panel of 12 stitches. The swatch is 44 stitches set up as follows (RS):
    4 stitches in garter, [4 stitches in reverse stockinette, 12-stitch cable] twice, 4 stitches in reverse stockinette, 4 stitches in garter.

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  • Try This Stitch: Classic Cable and Rib

    The swatch shown uses New Basic 175 and a size US 8 (5mm) knitting needle. Two repeats of the pattern are worked across the row flanked by 4 garter stitches on each side. The garter stitch border was added for swatching purposes and is not included in the multiple of 16 + 4 required. (Swatch is 44 stitches wide.)

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  • Try This Stitch: Crystal Chandelier

    Crystal Chandelier is a lovely lacy stitch that would work well for a shawl or scarf.

    chandelier lace

    This lace would look lovely on many different projects, and the width is extremely adjustable. The pattern is eight stitches wide, with one more cast on for symmetry. So you would cast on 9, 17, 25, 33, and so on.

    The sample above is three repeats, so I cast on 25 stitches, using DIYarn in Hot Pink.

    In general with lace, it's best to choose a yarn that's not too fuzzy, so you can really see the stitches. You may also want to steer clear of colors that change to often. Something with a gradual or ombre effect might look nice without being distracting.

    We have a large selection of knit and crochet stitches and motifs, called the Stitch Finder. In it, you'll find all kinds of interesting things. Lace, cables, flowers, trims, you name it. You can make an entire blanket from the blocks you'll find on that page, too. All the patterns listed are reprinted with permission from various books.

    Crystal Chandelier

    Cast on multiple of 8 stitchess plus 1.

    Row 1 (RS): K1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2; rep from * to end.

    Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.

    Row 3: K1, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to end.

    Row 5: [K2tog, yo] twice, *k1, yo, ssk, yo, S2KP, yo, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 5 sts, end k1, [yo, ssk] twice.

    Row 7: K1, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to end.

    Row 9: K2tog, yo, *k5, yo, S2KP, yo; rep from * to last 7 sts, end k5, yo, ssk.

    Rows 11–19: Rep rows 1–9.

    Rows 21, 23 and 25: K1, *yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; rep from * to end.

    Row 26: Purl

    Rep rows 1–26

    This pattern comes with a chart, as well, if that's the pattern method you prefer to use.

    If you are unsure how to do any of the stitches mentioned, see our Learn section for instructions.

    Reprinted from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume Five: Lace, with permission from 6th&Spring Books; copyright 2010; photos by Jack Deutsch Studio. All rights reserved.

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