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Cables are versatile; they can be worked in so many interesting ways: traditionally, with the same number of stitches crossed over; unevenly, with different numbers of stiches crossed over and under, such as one stitch over two stitches. The cardigan and pullover here feature eye-catching uneven cables .More traditional but with a twist, the cowl features even cross over stitches zig zagged and mixed with lace for a pretty effect.
The theme for this wonderful collection of three patterns is syncopated cables. Most of us are familiar with the musical meaning of the word syncopated. Another meaning for syncopated is to cut short or contract. The cable sequences in these patterns have sections in which the rows between the cables have been contracted. In other words, there are fewer rows than normal between the cable crosses. Cutting the number of rows between the cables throughout the pattern makes the cables appear to twist and twirl, adding depth and quality to the design. This, along with other structural details, develops a syncopated cable.
I love playing with cables, twisting them this way and that to create modern patterns from traditional cables. Beautiful stitch patterns emerge from new arrangements of old stitches--amazing. These three patterns show this fascinating transformation from old to new, and the scarf includes the method of reverse cabling.