Biting the cables bullet

I have a habit of getting into a crafting rut – making the same thing, over and over (case in point – my love of the in threes baby cardigan). Every now and again, I go out on a limb. The latest limb was knitting cables.

Looking for a winter woolly knit for a new baby boy, I decided to bite the bullet and try out Ravelry’s most popular knitted pattern – the Milo by Georgie Hallam (Granny’s Favourite is also a Georgie Hallam knit).

Ever seen one of these? I certainly hadn’t.

needleI went to my local yarn shop and asked for a cable needle. This was the last thing I expected to buy! Thank goodness the ladies are lovely and helpful. Despite my fears, it actually turns out that cables aren’t that hard. I played around with my tension a bit and ended up pretty happy with the results. If you’re thinking of giving it a go, I found this clip on YouTube helpful.

Even though Milo is a pattern for DK (8 ply) yarn I didn’t have any on hand so I decided to wing it and use some of my Bendigo Woollen Mills Harvest 10 ply (Calico) instead. I did a swatch and thought I’d worked out my gauge. Hmm.

too big mummaLet’s just say it was an interesting experiment. My first attempt ended up larger than I would have liked (I was aiming for a 3-6 month size, but it ended up matching the measurements for the 18 month size).

milo 10 ply 18 mthsWe’ll keep it in the cupboard for Hugo next year. I quite like the Aran braid cable.

aran braidI started again, knitting the newborn size but aiming for a vest to fit a six month old. I chose the oxox cable for my second attempt, just to mix things up a bit (you know I live on the wild side…).

oxoxHere are my knitting notes, just in case you’re interested in knitting a Milo in 10 ply: after casting on for the newborn size, I cast off for sleeves when the stitch count was 30/25/30/25. I cast on 8 for under arms, and repeated the knit/purl 3 times for a total of 8 rows, increasing 10 in the next round. I started the cable set up after 18 stitches, but I should have done so after 20/22 stitches. The vest’s chest measurement is 18 inches. I knitted to the length specified for the 6 month size.

milo in 10 ply 6 mthAll in all, I’m happy. Hugo’s a fairly small boy – he’s about the size of the average 8 month old so I’m pretty sure it will fit its recipient nicely.

Hugo 1 Hugo 2 Hugo 3 It was nice to get some photos of Hugo smiling this afternoon. The poor boy has been sick with a throat infection and we’ve all had a rather miserable week as a result. He hasn’t been eating or sleeping. It has been tough. I’ve been pretty ready to hand in my Mummy licence and collapse in a heap. I think we’re coming to the end of this rough stretch though – the antibiotics have kicked in and he’s back to eating.

Do you fall into crafting ruts too? What’s your latest one? How do you break out of them? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

PS: Don’t forget to enter my tutu giveaway. The more, the merrier!

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12 Responses to Biting the cables bullet

  1. Verónica says:

    It looks great! Wonderful job on those cables.

  2. Bron says:

    I can’t believe how quickly you make things. Or how organised you (or well-behaved your children) are. One day I may get something done – probably at the side of a sporting field.

    • Ruth says:

      Oh my. I think we need to spend more time together, Bron. I’m nowhere near organised and I’m afraid Elena’s just polite when other people are around! 🙂

  3. Emgy says:

    Its adorable!!! Not to mention Hugo looks EXACTLY like his big sis Elena!
    How on earth do you manage to do all these nifty, crafty things with 2 young ones?

    • Ruth says:

      They are cut from the same cloth, that’s for sure! I get things done by knitting while I watch TV at night, and by neglecting the housework…You should see the pile of laundry that needs folding on our other couch. Ouch. 😉

  4. fee says:

    I definitely get into crafting ruts (& I’m about to start “in threes” number 3 … *blush*) But I do try to learn something new with each project – a new cast-on method or stitch etc etc – not because I need to “master” knitting, but because it’s rewarding to finish a project and master a new skill at the same time.

    And in your defense, Ruth, your last “in threes” did involve a new skill – dyeing – remember?!

  5. textileshed says:

    wonderful kid’s top – looks warm and versatile!

  6. I looooove me some cable needles! Looks great!

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