So this top is all about the texture. It uses cables but in a very different way. Instead of a big dramatic cable statement these cables are small 1 by 1 cables that create a gentle, subtle, textured surface. This means that you can cover much more of your knitted fabric with cables without ever getting a stiff, heavy fabric. They are light enough to still allow for movement.
As top is all about the texture and fabric it creates the shaping and structure is kept to a minimum. I starts at the bottom with an all over cable that then moves into cable stripes. Each side is knit flat separately and you use an I-Cord edging all around afterwards to create a clean, finished look. This also allows you to put in the I-Cord Buttonholes at the very last minute right where you want them! If you want a more structured garment you can easily seam the sides to the armhole and then just add the applied I-Cord around the armhole opening.
This was the first swatch I did for this sweater using the Frog on the Wall colour. You can really see very clearly how those little cables move across the surface. However if you’re worried about doing so many small cable crossed I’ve got a cheat! This is one I learned from Barbara Walker. By using different combinations of k2tog you can create the illusion of a 2 stitch cable without every taking your stitches off the needle.
The finish of this top involved many variations of I-Cord; Applied all around the edge, turning corners smoothly and of course I-Cord buttonholes. I’ve done a little video for Mason-Dixon Knitting that details the I-Cord Edging for the sweater.
All new videos for this video series will be added to my MDK Youtube playlist here so that’s a great place to go to find the latest videos in this series.
If you want to see more images and details check out the Mason-Dixon Knitting blog here. They’re adding posts on the garments, with videos and extra photos all the time!
Where to Buy
You can find the digital version of the book on Ravelry here.