Knitter’s Spotlight: Braid Station by Angela Dickson
As I near the end of my very first cable-knitting project, I’m not sure why I waited so long to give this technique a try. I guess I thought something so pretty would be more complicated!
If you’re new to cables, too, or just looking for a beautiful project, Angela Dickson’s Braid Station is a perfect place to start! The one-skein scarf pattern features a center braid cable with basic twisting cables on either side. Angela designed it with Berroco Ultra Alpaca in mind because “it has a great feel and comes in such a variety of colours.” It’s also sure to keep you warm throughout the winter!
How did you come up with this pattern?
It was designed as a project to teach cables to my students at Valley Yarn. I wanted to show how easily variations in the cable can be made and to offer a simple, one-skein project.
See Angela’s other designs on her Ravelry page: CedarBoxKnits
Any knitting disasters?
It was a chartreuse, fitted sweater with a peplum and slightly puffed short-sleeves that I knit about 10 years ago. It was one of my more ambitious projects and it took ages. I didn’t know a lot about gauge and fit at that time, and when the sweater was finished it was huge (and huge puffed sleeves are very different from slightly puffed sleeves)! Because it was so much work, there was no way I was frogging it, so I decided to try to felt/shrink it, thinking that the style would really lend itself to a thicker fabric. Instead, it shrunk to the opposite extreme, again unwearable, and I stood in front of the dryer in shock holding my tiny sweater. Lesson learned.
What’s your favorite things about knitting?
My favorite thing about knitting is the meditative repetition. I love the challenges of intricate patterns and working out the numbers of a new design, but sometimes a few inches of stockinette is always a welcome break.