The Prettiest Cable Ever…

… runs straight down the back of the project I’m knitting on now: the Creature Comforts Cardi from Madeline Tosh. I am loving watching the way this stitch transforms itself. One little K grows into 18 Ks that become an oak leaf through clever increasing, decreasing, and cabling. Another stitch serves as the center of a vine, undulating back and forth along the panel.

I don’t know if this stitch is an original or if it comes from a dictionary I haven’t seen before—but the price of the pattern is worth it just for this stitch. Don’t like the garment it’s featured on? Buy the pattern anyway and knit it up into a stole or insert it into a tried-and-true favorite sweater.

I’m knitting mine up (going with the pattern as written; it definitely offers the comforts promised in the title) in Cascade 220, a heather called Japanese Maple. The leaves are going to look all russet-autumn-glorious. I’ll be turning circles in front of every mirror I come across, just so I can keep admiring them.

For the record, while this pattern has cardi it its name, it’s really more of a shrug—a big, loose drapey shrug, not one of those tight little things that won’t ever close in the front. Once the weather gets cool enough, I probably won’t be taking it off for weeks at a time.

P.S. Pockets! It’s got pockets! Gotta love that.