11.06.2015

Friday Giveaway: A Craftsy Student and Cables!

Earlier this year I shared Justine's first design Citgo on the blog... and guess what? She's designed another cowl, this time with a hat to match. I love seeing when my Craftsy students take the skills they have learned and apply them so perfectly!
Justine showed me a photo of the Cable Charm Cap earlier this fall and I begged her to test it.... I was working on a project with Craftsy that involved cables and needed to learn more about them in a hurry. Between working on Justine's pattern, watching Craftsy classes from Fiona and Melissa, and reading a few books my crash course in cables was complete!
What is great fun about the Cable Charm patterns is that they use eight different cables, which means by the end of the project you've gotten to play with a variety of cable styles, perfect for me while I was learning!

I knit my Cap in Shelter (a woolen spun Targhee-Columbia blend), I've had this one skein of yarn in stash for years.... Justine knit hers with Sweet Fiber Merino Twist (a superwash merino yarn). One thing I wanted to see was  how cables behave in  non-superwash vs superwash yarns.  Justine's cap has drape, but my cables seem to POP a bit more... the result is striking, and I can't decide which version I like best!

Time for a giveaway...
As you can see this whole project was about learning about cables.... and I'm thinking perhaps you would like to do some learning too! So guess what this week's giveaway is?

A Bundle of Craftsy Classes! My Cowl Design class along with Fiona Ellis's Mastering Cable Design and Melissa Leapman's Infinite Cable classes ... after working your way through these something fabulous is sure to come off your needles!

Just leave a comment below by 12pm (EST) on Nov 10th. What do you wish you could design? Have you played with cables before? They are fun fun fun!

I will randomly choose a winner and announce them in next week's Friday giveaway post!

Last week's winner... 
Kate and I enjoyed reading your comments about sock knitting and fit success... thanks for sharing!

Congrats to .... QuiltingGeek Get in touch so I can get you your copy of  Kate Atherley's Custom Socks!!!

Maybe this hat doesn't fit Noche that well.... she's awfully patient with me lately!

74 comments:

  1. What a fun idea to have that many cables. I love cables, but currently seem to be stuck with stockinette. Thinking of it, I guess I need to put cables on my next socks.

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  2. I love designs with cables. They make it easy to see that I'm making progress and I get a project done sooner because I'm constantly wanting to finish one more repeat.

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  3. I love designs with cables. They make it easy to see that I'm making progress and I get a project done sooner because I'm constantly wanting to finish one more repeat.

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  4. Cabled hats are much "This Season" among fashionista poodles. How to get the look? Bark your master into their favourite knitting chair and they'll make you one!

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  5. I would love to learn more about cables!
    Jpeled on rav

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  6. Cables are one of my favorite things to knit. In the past I have made hats, scarves and sweaters with cable designs. BTW the hat looks great on Noche (my cats would not tolerate).

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  7. Oh wow great giveaway and question. I bought your cowl design class to see if I could make myself a custom accessory with cables. I love them but am intimidated by the fact that they take more yarn and suck in the knitting making me unsure of how to measure gauge in pattern. I would love to learn more about this from the masters!

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  8. I love the different cables! I'm going to have to make that hat and cowl! Always looking to try different things!

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  9. What a great hat! I love the challenge of cables. I learned how to read my knitting so much better on a cable project... I had to keep dropping back sections to fix my cables. ;) knitstatrn on Rav

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  10. Still waiting to get over my fear of knitting a sweater bc I have the perfect yarn for a sweater with cables

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  11. The hat is stunning. I love all the different types of cables it incorporates.
    Carol 7323 on Ravelry.

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  12. I'm in fingerless mitt knitting mode and would love to try incorporating cables. I've never designed with cables and I think fingerless mitts would be a good place to start!

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  13. Love love LOVE cables. Ran right over to Ravelry and purchased this pattern.
    GinnyG on Ravelry

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  14. What a gorgeous pattern! I would love to be able to design shawls. Sickofitcindy on Ravelry

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  15. I am a new knitter and cables are the next thing I want to learn!

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  16. I really enjoy knitting cables! I think I would like to design something with cables in it, but I have to understand them better before I try something like that. :) WaterPixie on Rav.

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  17. I love cables in winter sweaters. I would love to learn more about them.

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  18. I would really like to design my own sweaters. In regards to cables, I love them. I know most people prefer the no cable needle method but I love my little cable needles. I get a kick out of throwing them to one side of the work. I think it makes it fun.

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  19. I want to design a skirt. There are so few skirt patterns. (Maybe you could think about diversifying into skirts? I always remember the very cool diagonal skirt you made.) But not with cables! Maybe with slipped stitches. I have trouble keeping track of cables, and when to pass in front and in back!

    RAV: Cassiopaeia

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  20. Wow, Justine,, your cabled hat suits humans as well as poodles. A truly versatile design. Fun aside, I love that you incorporated all those different cables. My rav handle is hehl

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  21. I have been doing cables since childhood (a very, very long time ago) but they were mostly simple 2x2 or 3x3 cables. I am intrigued by the idea of learning to do different -- and more interesting -- cables.

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  22. I love knitting cables. I wish I could design cowls and shawls.

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  23. I think if I did decide to design that it would be hats with a matching cowls or individual pieces. I really like knitting cables and I did my first cable project, a scarf for my husband, and had no problems. Some people were shocked that one of my first projects was using cables but I just googled cables, looked at a few videos and away I went. I did not realize I was supposed to fear cables, so it always amazes me when knitters think cables are hard and refuse to do anything with cables. Getting ready to start my third Circo. Katbrown on Rav

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  24. I would love, love, love, to learn more about cables. I have done some simple cables but want to know and do more. Would love this opportunity to learn and advance my skills!
    On ravelry I am Sleekymom.

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  25. I'd like to design a shawl. I love working with cables!!!
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

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  26. I am just in love with ponchos lately, so a cabled poncho? YES!!
    IrishPogue on Rav

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  27. I would love to design cables...so many ways to do them. Probably would start with something smaller such as a cowl or hat then eventually a poncho or sweater.
    DeSari on Ravelry

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  28. I love cables and am wanting to design a sport-weight cabled cardigan, probably out of Imperial Ranch Tracie Too. SheilaOKeefe on Rav

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  29. It took me a while to feel,the cable love, but figured out I was using the cable needle wrong. It got better after that ;). I have so much fun doing other people's designs that I'm afraid to try, but if I had to, hmm, men's socks!

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  30. I would like to design a poncho using cables. I took a class last year on Cable design with Norah Gaughan, but haven't used what I learned as of yet.
    Love the hat!
    ravid: mamacass

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  31. Love that the cap has multiple cable designs. I just love the look of cables and Noche looks happy too

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  32. I designed a cowl with big cables and in my future I see a sweater design!
    asteride at ravelry

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  33. What do I wish I could design? Anything! :) I pretty much stick to kits these days and benefit from the hard design work of others.

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  34. I hope to design knitted toys someday. I've dabbled with writing some basic amigurumi in crochet, but I don't feel confident enough in my knitting to experiment myself yet.

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  35. I love knitting cables almost as much as I love knitting lace . . . almost. should i be lucky enough to win this package I would design something specially for Noche ;) piri127 on Rav

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  36. I have done some simple cables would love to try out these patterns thanks for the chance.

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  37. I would love to learn more about cables. I love your giveaways!
    alikat2004 on Ravelry

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  38. I'm actually working on my first project with cables, and I've got the hang of them so far. Of course, I suspect these are the very simplest kind.... ;)
    Chaoticredhead on Ravelry

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  39. One of my aunts was a master knitter, and her (or anybody's!) cabled sweaters always mystified and enchanted me. How in heck did she do that? Even after I learned that cabling was simply knitting the stitches out of order, I still felt that cables were "magic" somehow. Although I have knitted some cabled scarves and a cabled sweater, cables have not lost their allure and I am always ready to learn more.

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  40. Love to learn. Cables or Lace would be wonderful.

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  41. I've only done cabled mitts once, and would love to learn more.

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  42. I remember when I first learned how to do cables. I was very new to knitting, and I thought the teacher crazy to show me. I was so excited when I realized it wasn't too hard--I felt empowered! But it has been some time since I have knitted any projects with cables, and this would be a great way to get back to them!



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  43. I enjoy knitting cables, and I have a long way to go before I can consider myself a master of them. It's my dream to someday knit them as well as Elizabeth Zimmerman!! If I were ever to design something with cables, I'd want it to be a loose fitting boyfriend sweater that I could wear with jeans or leggings. Ravelry ID: DebbyKnits2

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  44. Great giveaway! I've done cabling once (on a hat for my daughter). It wasn't as hard as I thought! I can't wait to try it again, once I get through my Christmas prezzie list. As an answer to your question, I'd love to design funky, feminine sweaters that fit! I'm 6'2, so finding them is tough. Cabled sweaters would be extra awesome!

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  45. Great giveaway! I've done cabling once (on a hat for my daughter). It wasn't as hard as I thought! I can't wait to try it again, once I get through my Christmas prezzie list. As an answer to your question, I'd love to design funky, feminine sweaters that fit! I'm 6'2, so finding them is tough. Cabled sweaters would be extra awesome!

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  46. Cute hat, but I think I'll leave the pom pom off. I used to knit a lot of cables but it's been awhile. Thanks for the drawing.

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  47. Neat hat and very fetchingly modelled by your patient pooch! I'd love to knit more cables !

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  48. I love hats, so I would probably design a hat.

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  49. I'm still a bit "all thumbs" when doing cables, so I'd love some inspiration to work on them some more: these classes would be great!

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  50. Cables are a challenge I'm ready to take on! (But need some inspiration and help :)

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  51. I am hoping to design my first cable sweater - wish me luck! Thanks for the chance at winning these wonderful classes.

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  52. Cables are fun! Slow, but fun. I would love to design my own cable cowl.

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  53. I would Love to designs a comfy cardigan. Cables have a a story of their own!

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  54. Have done cables for years and very comfortable with the more intricate ones too - lately am thinking of designing a vest with my favourite cables on display.

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  55. I love cables but have only done a couple projects with them (very basic, and scarves only). I would love a chance to better my skills and design a wonderful cable sweater. I think cables add so much character to garments. It's like they tell a story. Karebear66 on Ravelry.

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  56. I love doing cables and have done a couple of cable hats. I really would love to learn how to make cables without a cable needle--just cant get the hang of it. I think I would design a really nice vest with cables running vertical so the eye goes vertical making me look slimmer.

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  57. I love Justine's new hat too! Thank you for the giveaway

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  58. This is so cool, I just used cables in Laura's Circo Cowl, how can anyone top that in a design? But, if I was good, I would design a sweater for my Yorkie!
    sandyluvsyorkies on Rav

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  59. I am intrigued by cables but have never attempted them

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  60. I would love to win this, I am a frustrated designer. I used to design jewelry, years ago. Now I knit but haven't designed my own garments yet. I love vests but never seem to find the right ones so I think I would design a vest.

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  61. Love cables and cowls! Though I do have all your Craftsy classes, cables would be awesome to watch & learn more tips and tricks and more! Please enter my name for the contest, thanks,

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  62. I love cables. I don't knit them often, but am mesmerized when I do. I would love to design a sophisticated skirt, or a dress.

    Thank you for the fun bundle giveaway!

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  63. Please enter me in the contest, Love Cables and Love Craftsy!!!
    Thanks!

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  64. I love working cables, but could always use some improving. I also love Craftsy. The very first Craftsy class I took was your Mastering Lace Shawls class -- and it was all downhill from there -- LOL! I would love to win this bundle as I actually haven't taken any of those classes yet. Thanks for the chance to win them. My ravelry name is AnneSATX.

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  65. I wish I could design a tee that would actually fit, I need such a small armcycle in sleeveless garments that regular sizing and patterns just gape.

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  66. I love cables. It was one of the earlier things that I tried when learning. I would love to be able to design a cabled scarf, so many possibilities!

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  67. I love cables. It was one of the earlier things that I tried when learning. I would love to be able to design a cabled scarf, so many possibilities!

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  68. Cables are a lot of fun and really a good bang for the buck in effort. I want to design a sweater; loose, soft and cozy.

    Redbelles on Ravelry

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  69. I really want to design shawls/wraps. And then maybe sweaters!
    Kimt8511 on Ravelry

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  70. I love cabled hats. I'd like to design the ones where the cables are organic and weave in and out of each other and wind around the hat like ivy.

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  71. I wish I could design shawls with intricate designs...cables, beads, lace, you-name-it.
    I am juliannahey on ravelry

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  72. I have always wanted to tweak my skills with cables. This sounds like the perfect opportunity!
    Rav ID: Moonmaid7

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