When working with a sophisticated cable like this, yarn choice makes a big difference. If you don’t go with a bold, bright solid or a light neutral, everything can get lost. A dark color or variegated yarn simply wouldn’t work—the braiding wouldn’t show up the way you would want after all that cable effort.
The fiber itself intrigues me. Aside from having a dreamy name that belongs in one of my romance novels, Elsabeth Lavold has created Silky Wool with a feather-light, raw silk quality that both surprises and delights. You’d expect a sturdy, work-a-day wool with cables—the fisherman’s aran sweater and all—but this fiber gives the scarf an airy feel. The contrast adds a terrific character. Texture galore, perfect stitch definiton, but no bulk. Had I gone with a cream or white rather than my cheery “Maraschino” red, I think I’d feel like someone had stretched a cloud out on a taffy pull.
It’s good that I like the fiber and the color, because I can tell right away the cables are going to challenge me. I don’t mind cables, but I prefer the kind where only a few rows require the wrangling of that third needle. With this pattern, not only are their four types of cross-overs, but they occur every right-side row and some rows incorporate two different kinds! I’m forever checking—often double-checking—the cable stitch key down at the bottom of the page. Like the trellis stitch in earlier projects, I’ve got to find a way to memorize the stitches so I can make faster progress. I feel like I’m burning way too many brain cells to get this done right now.