May 102010
 

No, not me – you. As promised, I have completed the ebook I was working on for cabled braids. I’m doing a self-review here until I get a few comments from the people who get a copy and comment on it. Admittedly, when I started this ebook, I was simply going to write out the patterns for a 12 and 24 or 32-strand cable, as that was what a lot of people were asking for. As I got involved in working out the math formulas for the braids though, I realized this wasn’t as complex as it sounded for beginners as well. I have taught a lot of beginners how to make cables and realized I could add a few pages and make this ebook suitable for beginner and experienced knitters alike. So that is what I have done.

I have expanded the scope of the book along with the pages (there are 16) to include more information that I think will be of use to everyone. I started by explaining what cables really are and how they’re created. I then went into the process of traveling cables across the background of your fabric to produce the effect of movement. Then I delve into the braids themselves – mostly even numbered braids for now, as they are the ones that first intrigued me. I’m fairly confident you’ll find the math formulas fairly easy to understand, and through the process of reading this book you’ll grasp the concept of braids a little better. My goal is to get you to the place where you not only see where a cable is going, but you’re confident enough to alter or vary it to suit your own needs.

If you’re not the experimental type, no problem. You’ll find the pattern for a massive 24-strand braid in the book (that traverses a whopping 114 stitches) which will give you the pattern for all the even numbered strands below it (22, 20, 18 … to 4) so that you can knit a braid of whatever size you need for whatever project you’re working on. If you need bigger that that, you’ll can use the formulas and process I’ve described in the book to do it. If you do, I’d love to see a picture of whatever you come up with! There’s also link to a great charting program if you want to create your own cables, or lace, or colored patterns and tips and techniques that I think will help knitters of all levels.

To get this ebook, click on the new page link Patterns and Products and you’ll find it available for purchase. It’s $8.00 Canadian and I think a great value. As a little bonus, the 8th order will receive a little bonus. I’d like to finish this post by thanking everyone for their encouragement in the creation of this book! I’m already looking forward to the next one and putting up some patterns too!

Hugzzz 8-)

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  10 Responses to “Time to shop …”

  1. Great Job Steve with the eBook!!! Beautifully put together, great info for math challenged braid lovers and lots of charts to follow, pics to look at too.

    Can’t wait to get started on my little blanket for the belly bean, Paprika or Red Currant will need to flip the cat soon to decide (just kidding) she’s far too dignified and FAST LOL.

    My how lucky we are to have such a skilled knitter and facilitator with a generous heart. Best $8.00 value in the country!!!

    Saw you are to be an uncle too, hugzzz to mom to be, dad and little belly bean, wishing them all a joyful experience and safe journey.

  2. Thanks – I will pass on your well wishes to the family. It’s my brother in Japan! Can’t wait to see the little girl – it should be any day now!
    Hugzzz 8-)

  3. Very well written easy to understand. I’m so glad I purchased this. It is exactly the cable reference/instructional book I need to gain confidence in knitting cables:-) Will be watching for more ebooks!!

  4. Thanks Lori. I’m glad you’re enjoying it. It’s great to hear such praise from a beginner as well! Let me know if there’s anything you don’t understand or need – regarding cables that is! ;-)
    Hugzzz 8-)

  5. Wow, Steve – your e-book is fantastic! Clearly and professionally written and formatted, Nothing more is necessary to start/continue the experiments with the cables. Congratulations and THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    ~Dorota

  6. *blush* Thanks Dorota. I take that as praise of the highest order coming from you!
    Hugzzz 8-)

  7. The books sounds perfect for making my own Aran patterns. How much is it in US money?

  8. Judith, It is about $7.90 in US funds.
    Hugzzz 8-)

  9. Wow, your braids are awesome!!!!! I love knitting cables/braids but I can best be described as “chart challenged”. Are the patterns in the e-book written out or are they in chart form only? I’m working on an afghan design for my niece and the 24 strand braid sounds like it would be just the thing for the center panel.

  10. Linelle, Some are written out but there is a detailed description on how to read charts. The 24 strand braid would use 114 stitches, so a chart is much easier to deal with than the written instructions. Send me an email (mrhugzzz@gmail.com) if you are still interested.

    Hugzzz 8-)

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