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Mastering Cable Design

with Fiona Ellis
Mastering Cable Design
Learn to create, modify and make cable-knit patterns with prolific and personable knitwear designer Fiona Ellis.

Fiona puts a new twist on deciphering cable abbreviations while teaching you basic cable crosses, rest rows and how to creatively combine these knit design elements. She’ll also offer tips on where to find cable design inspiration and how to enhance your garments with I-cord embellishments. You’ll master diamond and doughnut shapes, add and subtract individual cables, play with negative space and learn to change cable angles in this example-packed class. You'll also learn to mix and match elements from existing cable designs to make them your own.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Fiona, who will diagnose baggy stitch syndrome and get you off to the right start.


Lesson 2. What Is a Cable?

  • Meet the building blocks of cable knitting: basic crosses, cable abbreviations, rest rows and how to combine them all with Fiona's expert instruction.


Lesson 3. Generating Ideas Using I-Cord

  • Fiona will teach you to make an I-Cord. This versatile knitted rope is perfect for laying out designs.


Lesson 4. Generating Ideas From Charts

  • You can take elements from existing patterns and put them together with Fiona's help! Learn to add and remove cords, too.


Lesson 5. Generating Ideas From Images

  • Inspiration is all around you. Carry your camera and record it! Fiona will show you where she finds new design ideas.


Lesson 6. Cable Angles & Negative Space

  • Learn how to add texture and interest to your design by changing the angle of the cable and altering negative space.


Lesson 7. Charting & Symbols

  • It's important to know the correct way to read and write cable charts. Fiona will teach you how to do both with precision.


Lesson 8. Garment Planning

  • Learn to calculate stitches and plan cable placement for an attractive look and fit. You'll never be surprised by cable compression again.


Lesson 9. Additional Design Elements

  • Celtic knots, holes, hemlines and more. Fiona shares her knowledge of these additional design elements.

"Fiona Ellis presented not only the "how to's" of cabling, but her own design processes and her inspirations. After peeking into her thoughts and seeing some of her swatches and garments, I feel much more confident and totally empowered to design some original cabled knits. Thank you!"
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  • 9 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
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