For over two decades, Lily Chin has been one of the modern knitting world's greatest contributors. She is a consummate teacher, a prolific and spot-on technical innovator, a fine designer, and has so much energy and thinks at such a hummingbird speed that I doubt we have even seen half of what she will ultimately contribute. In this book, Lily gathers and presents her encyclopedic knowledge of cable knitting. Ever since 1989, when Lily first published an article about "Ribbles" in Knitters Magazine, she has been known as a choreographer of cables, someone who could make them do wonderful and never-before-imagined things. And this book, Lily's first on cables, combines her early innovations with the many cable acrobatics she has developed since.
So - what will you find in this marvelous book?
--A way of charting cable designs that is so obvious that I have no idea why we haven't always done it this way. Lily will teach the method to you in a few minutes, and you will never feel intimidated by a complex cable again. Plus, her method allows you to extract the essence of a design, then expand or shrink it to fit your needs. And it is all so simple that you won't even be able to forget it.
--A comprehensive and engaging tour of each family of cabling possibilities, from traditional to freshly minted, from non-reversible to fraternally reversible to identically reversible, from single color to multi-color, from plain to textured, from traveling stitches to mock cables.
--A collection of beautiful cabled stitch patterns which can be used as a stitch dictionary. Check out the sensuous reversible "Textured OXO Cables" on page 71.
--Illustrations that will switch on light bulbs in your brain: check page 125 to immediately see why raised wale cables are a natural playground, or see pages 46-47 to understand how to easily visualize the difference between front and back of reversible cables.
--A collection of stunning cabled designs, including a man's vest (page 92) which I would say is the most handsome man's garment I have ever seen; a sumptuous "Five-Way Cabled Shrug" (page 101) with clever and simple construction, the photo so soft it is hard not to pet the page; several luscious scarves (both reversible, with beautiful edges); an XOX raglan turtleneck pullover (page 58) with a background fabric that shifts in subtle ways; and one of my favorites, a bi-color Brioche Shawl (page 118) which is timeless, rustic, elegant, earthy, and twisting with life.
If you have never worked cables before, this book would be a marvelous start, and will grow with you for years and years to come. If you are an advanced knitter, this book will make your brain sizzle with happiness.
Janet Szabo, author of two superb cable books, wrote a moving foreword for Lily, saying that this book "will stretch the horizons of even the most experienced knitters." I agree, and I wish you hours upon hours and years upon years of exploring cables.
And thank you, Lily, for how you enrich the knitting world, for your witty and bright and clear instruction, and for your unstoppable intelligence and energy that lets you share so much of such value with others. You have written a classic.