I have had such an urge to knit cables. I am knitting a series of squares incorporating various cable patterns gleaned from various sources - knit designer books, sweater patterns, stitch pattern guides, etc.
I hope to ultimately put the squares together for a lap blanket or perhaps an afghan. For consistency, I am using a garter stitch border of 47 sts - 5 ridges (10 rows) x 5 edge stitches. As many of the cable patterns pull the fabric in, I add any extra stitches in the 10th garter stitch row before starting the cable pattern.
My first test square was a cable designed by Fiona Ellis for the Celtic Icon hoodie in her book "Inspired Cable Knits". Interestingly enough, I posted a pic of my work on Facebook on Saturday as I was knitting out on the deck, enjoying the gorgeous weather we were having. Fiona recognized it and made a comment on my Facebook page. Good eye, Fiona!
I did her workshop back in '08. I cannot tell you how quickly cables go once you learn how to knit them without using a cable needle. I may not use this for a 'square' but perhaps will use the cable from the 'Practice Makes Perfect' scarf.
'Must Have Cardigan'. I changed the braid on each side from 3 x 3 to 2 x 2. I also added 7 extra sts after the garter stitch border.
I knit this cardigan for myself. I did a 2 x 2 cable in the travelling cable by mistake as I hadn't read the stitch definition properly. However, I like the look of the tighter/smaller cable better. If I were to knit the cardigan again, I would change the wide travelling cable from 3 x 1 to 2 x 1 adding an extra reverse stocking stitch stitch on each side. so the cable wouldn't be so prominent.
This was a sample inspired by a couple of braids and cables.
I am looking for other cable patterns to practice in books that I already have by Alice Starmore, Barbara Walker, Melissa Leapman, and other cable patterns.