I’d like to start this post by thanking all the people that gave me feedback and encouragement while working out these cable braids. I’ve figured out all the math formulas that I need to for the cable braids and am confident that they will work as I have knitted up a sample 16 strand braid. It actually starts out as two 8 strands that then merge into a 16 and then back to two 8s. Yes, it was a lot of knitting for a sample, but I wanted to make sure the pattern and formulas worked before I wrote the eBook about it all. So here is a picture of the sample that I have just knit:
What I really like about this pattern is that the back of the fabric is almost as appealing as the front. Anyway, the purpose of this sample was to show at least one idea of the options available to someone that wanted to create something with these braids. While you could knit just one of them as a center panel in an Aran sweater, you are definitely not limited to that. You could create very interesting combinations and use them in a blanket, or to adorn just a sleeve on a plain sweater or whatever you want to come up with. Karen gave me a very interesting idea that I am going to look into as well. She suggested making the strands thicker so that the overall effect of a giant cable would be more pronounced. She was thinking of making a baby blanket and in her own words thought “wouldn’t it be great to be hugged by a giant cable”. Once you have the pattern, to do this it’s simply a matter of increasing the knit stitches as they are the ones that represent the “strands” in the braid. Just remember that it has to be an even number or you’ll have to make the necessary adjustments to the pattern yourself. I’ll have to try one like that soon.
So now all I have to do is summarize all my research in a little booklet. I’ve been doing a bit of that as I go along and should have it done by week’s end. It will include something I call the Malcolm Matrix. This will be either a 24 or 32 strand cable pattern. Why so many? Size matters, right? Seriously though, I plan on making a heritage blanket and will be using this as the focus, so I’ll have to chart that many strands anyway. For you though, if you have the 24 strand chart, you’ll be able to do any braid below that as well. Look for it by the end of the week. Now, to finally finish those boxers. Down to the fly and the buttons!