Announcing Cables KAL!

May 19, 2013 at 6:00 am 7 comments

It is time to start planning for our next KAL starting Sunday, June 2 and ending Monday, July 1st. This time we are going to explore cables. I have chosen two patterns for use in this KAL so you can pick one that suits you or your intended recipients best. Since it is finally approaching summer, the projects are smaller and more portable.


Since so many of you really enjoyed using Aimee’s pattern, Sea of Dreams, we are going to use Aimee’s patterns again. One of them is one of my favorites and have knit multiple times, the Off Piste hat. Off Piste is a fun hat with cables, bobbles and a cute little brim. It is a perfect first cables project. The second project is the Barleycove Boot Toppers. Since you have to knit a pair, you will be able to practice the cables more.

mtcabin's barleycove-001

I will be knitting the Barleycove Boot Toppers for this KAL. Jamie will be knitting the Off Piste. Aimee will be available in the upcoming Ravelry thread also.

The main goal of this KAL is to learn how to cable. Cables really aren’t that difficult and you will feel brilliant when you finish your first project with them. We will discuss the merits of using a cable needle. There will also be information learning how to cable without a cable needle and when it works best. If you already have conquered cables, these projects are still really fun and we hope you still will join us in knitting them.

So what do you need to join us in the Cables KAL?

For either project, you will want to have a cable needle available. I use these needles by Brittany, I like the fact that wood has more “grip” on my stitches. See all our cable needles here.

Off Piste Hat Materials

Pattern: Off Piste Hat on Ravelry (if you don’t use Ravelry, you can buy Off Piste here on Polkadotsheep)

Recommended Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton, 1 skein in the solid colors (You will need 150 yards of a heavier worsted weight yarn or aran weight yarn)

Needles: US size 9 / 5.5 mm circular needle and double pointed needles, US size 8 / 5.0 mm circular needles for brim (or size needed to obtain gauge)

Note: This pattern was originally written for Malabrigo Twist which we no longer actively stock here at I have successfully knit the Off Piste in the BSA Worsted Cotton, it is the purple hat pictured above. This is hands down my favorite cotton and we have 20 colors currently in stock.

Barleycove Boot Toppers Materials

Pattern: Barleycove on Ravelry (if you don’t use Ravelry, you can buy Barleycove here on Polkadotsheep)

Recommended Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina

Needles: US size 2 & 5 / 2.75 mm & 3.75 mm needles, use your favorite method for small circumference knitting in the round: double pointed needles, 32″ or longer circular needle for magic loop, two circulars or a 12″ circular needle

Perhaps neither of these projects suit your personal taste. I would like to suggest that both the Off Piste hat and the Barleycove boot toppers would make fabulous Christmas gifts. So think, by joining this KAL you will learn something new, have fun with us, and be at least one Christmas gift ahead by the end of June. That is a winning combination in my book.

So join us for fun and discussion over in the KAL Ravelry thread in our group!

Start your summer right with a little knitting, a little learning and lots of fun. Happy Knitting until then1

~Angela M.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nancy  |  May 19, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I have wanted to knit this hat for some time. I will go dig around in the old stash for some twist I know I have plus I do have the pattern. I am in on this KAL!

    • 2.  |  May 19, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      Sweet! Two of my hats were out of the Twist. Glad to have you on board. The Ravelry thread is now live.

  • 3. Jennie  |  May 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I bought the Barleycove pattern some time ago to make boot toppers for my daughter. Now I have no excuse for not getting around to them. I’m in – see you at the KAL.

    • 4.  |  May 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      So glad to have you, Jennie! See you over on Ravelry, I have the thread up now. It is here.

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