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Sep 12, 2011

Bromeliad Cable by Lisa Shroyer
I can't believe it's that time again, can you? I usually make knitted gifts for my family for Christmas, but this year, I just don't know if I'll have time.

How many knitted scarves or hats do my family members need, anyway? Wait, what am I saying?? Of course I think there are never enough knitted accessories in anyone's wardrobe! But this year may be the year that my brother wears his hat from last Christmas, my sister-in-law wears her scarf from two years ago, and my nephew wears his mittens from last year, too. Since my sister lives in Egypt, I'm off the hook there—no need for knitwear in northern Africa!

I don't think I'll be able to get away with not knitting something for my mom, though. She's my biggest knitting fan, and I love gifting her with really special accessories. Usually I choose hats because she looks so cute in them, but this year I think I'll go for a scarf.

There's a new issue of Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts (click on the link to see the preview!). As always, there are so many neat ideas!

In an article called "The Gift of a Stitch," the Gifts editors present nine new stitch patterns from nine wonderful designers, and Lisa Shroyer's Bromeliad Cable pattern really caught my eye. It lends itself beautifully to a scarf, and since my mom is a gardener, I think she'll appreciate the pattern even more. She has several bromeliads growing in a sunny window in her house.

Lisa says about this cable: "Inventing cable motifs is so much fun! Unusual crosses, increases, and decreases make for an engaging pattern with big graphic impact." I agree! My mom loves red, so I think I'll choose a bright red, just the color of a few of her bromeliads!

And I think you might enjoy this cable, too, so here's the pattern!

Bromeliad Cable

Repeat 27 sts and 24 rows
Yarn used in swatch Quince and Co. Lark in color marsh
How to work it Rep Rows 1-24 of Bromeliad Cable chart for patt.
NOTES The swatch shown includes two-stitch ribs and garter edge stitches; these stitches are not included in the pattern.
Chart for the Bromeliad Cable from Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts. (Click here for the key to the chart.)
Depending on how wide you want your scarf to be, you can really use any yarn for this cable pattern. I might use some DK-weight yarn if I can find the right color, so the scarf is about 3 inches wide; although that's just my guess at gauge. I'll have to do a gauge swatch to see if I'm happy with the width. Cabled scarves can be rather bulky, so I prefer to make them a bit thinner than wider, as I like my lace scarves to be.

Anyway, I love this pattern, and I know I'll enjoy knitting it as much as my mom will love wearing it.

Check out the 2011 issue of Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts and start organizing your knitted gift list for the holiday season!


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shawkinson wrote
on Oct 1, 2011 9:28 AM

Help!  A couple of weeks ago I sat in front of the computer late at night catching up on emails.  Well, I was checking out the Daily Knitting emails and through a series of clicks on links, found the sweater I want to knit for my sister.  Now I cannot find it again.  It was a feminine lavender fuzzy knit pullover with little pearl accents on a side scrunching at the hem line.  I am pretty sure it was in a book and somehow I had found a preview link which let you see a lot of the pages.

SherylL wrote
on Sep 20, 2011 6:12 PM

I didn't start in January, but I have finished one present and have bought yarn for another.  I don't have all that much time to knit.  Most of what I do is on the 1/2 hour train trip to and from work 5 days a week.  So if I wait until cold weather I'm sunk.  My mother plays violin and she's getting mitts.  They're not a surprise, she ordered them pretty much -- negotiated whether or not there would be fingers, selected the yarn from my stash.  But I'm choosing the pattern.  I also have a pair of socks to finish for her (just the last 1/4 of the 2nd sock.  She picked those out too, saw me knitting them and said, "Are those for ME?"

So far my brother is getting the scarf I knit, although I'd like to do socks too and have bought yarn for it.  Not sure if anyone else is getting a hand-knit though.

Ali Schwarz wrote
on Sep 17, 2011 9:54 AM

It's hard for me to come up with new ideas for knitted Christmas gifts for my large family. Any suggestions? Planning ahead is a great idea, that way I don't have to panic when December rolls around!

Donna, I like you're idea of starting in January!

on Sep 13, 2011 9:48 AM

Impressive, Donna! I usually knit accessories for gifts, so this is about the time I start planning and knitting.

DonnaS@28 wrote
on Sep 12, 2011 7:53 AM

I can't imagine waiting until this late in the year to start knitting Christmas gifts ... I started in January!