Recipe for Baked Cables

Baked Cables (serves 1)

1 pattern for basic structure
Denise interchangeables, sizes 7 (for body), 6 (for ribbing), and 9 (for binding off)
6 skeins wool in Iris
1 book of Aran Stitches
6 silver buttons with celtic knots
darning needle


  1. Swatch for cables. Swatch for cables again. Keep on swatching. When you hit half a dozen swatches, stop.
  2. Find yarn and buttons. Order them. Get more and more antsy as you wait for yarn to arrive
  3. Begin knitting. Get cocky about cables. Don’t bother checking if you’re doing them right until you have to rip out at least 30 rows. Do a lot of swearing under your breath. Rip it out and try again.
  4. Get distracted by other things: Computer games, Sockpal000za socks that need to be done, socks for husband, lace shawl
  5. Get smacked upside the head by a big dose of reality check because you only have four weeks left and you are not even halfway done. Begin knitting on sweater non-stop.
  6. Despite misgivings that stitch gauge has changed enough to be a problem when switching from Denises to DPN’s on the sleeves, finish and bind off both sleeves. Do not bother to count cable repeats to make sure both sleeves are same length.
  7. Decide to redo sleeves later, in the hopes that maybe they will magically fix themselves. Ha ha ha.
  8. Finish body. Add collar, button band, and buttonhole band. Redo at least two of those.
  9. Rip out both sleeves, despite obvious lack of time. Tell yourself that sleep is highly overrated anyway. Remind yourself that you can sleep on the plane.
  10. Fly off to Portland for a day on a business trip. Get delayed in airport coming home. Stay up until 1:30 am to finish sweater after flying home (even though you’ve been up since 4am that morning).
  11. Drink more coffee than should be humanly allowed. Weave in all ends.
  12. Wash sweater to remove copious amounts of cat hair. Do not remember until AFTER sweater is dripping wet that you have no clue where you can lay it out to block it that is free from cats (indoors), gardeners, birds, or more cats (outdoors).
  13. Wander aimlessly around the house with extremely damp sweater in arms, mumbling to oneself.
  14. Drink a lot more coffee.
  15. Just before you begin to fully panic, remember that your office parking lot is very sunny and that cars parked in sunny places become little ovens.
  16. Spread sweater out in back of car. Drive to work. Park in prime sweater-baking location.
  17. Leave sweater in hot car all day. Turn every few hours until fully baked.
  18. Revel in completion of sweater.
  19. Serve warm.

Ireland, here I come!

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18 Responses to Recipe for Baked Cables

  1. Marguerite says:

    It’s beautiful. Love the cables, love the color. You did a wonderful job and can be very proud of your sweater.

    Now that it’s baked, you can have a wonderful trip and wear it with pride.

  2. Megan says:

    I just read your post in the knitting community and after I saw the awesome sweater, I was pleasantly surprised to see it was knitted by my sock pal. I love the sweater. Cables are awesome.

    Have fun in Ireland! (Irish pride.)

  3. Keli says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous awesome awesome!

  4. Debi says:

    It’s lovely! Enjoy it and your trip!

  5. heidi says:

    it’s very beautiful indeed – and the colour is gorgeus.

    I also hope your stay in Ireland will be nice.

  6. Annie says:

    It’s gorgeous! Makes me want to finish my own. Beautiful job.

  7. Rosemary says:

    It’s awesome!

  8. AnneB says:

    Fantastic and congratulations!! I loved your recipe and the method of baking. Wish it got that hot up here in Maine.

  9. Wannietta says:

    What an inspiration to those of us who are still FLAKer Slackers!!

  10. Dave says:

    It looks fantastic! I’d say that’s a winning recipe 🙂

  11. Lisa says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your cable selections! Must make another one if only she would post the last part so I can do the buttonbamnd and FINISH the thing. I’ve NEVER taken this long on a project, but have never had to wait for the parts to be posted. Yours is gorgeous!

  12. What a great story AND sweater. Most of us are lucky to have one or the other. I’m green with envy. Irish green, rolling hills and local clover green. Enjoy!

  13. Von says:

    It’s just beautiful! I’ve got serious cable envy, but realistically it may be another year before I’m ready to learn/tackle that aspect of knitting. Enjoy your trip and I can’t wait to hear about your adventures and see the pictures!!

  14. nancilyn says:

    Looks like your recipe is a winner! Exquisite taste! Perfect texture, artisan workmanship, obviously prime ingredients went into this specialty. I suspect a good part of your success was in your portable oven and optimal climatic and thermal conditions which the hobby gourmet could never hope to replicate. Kudos!

  15. Nancy J says:

    Iris FLAK is gorgeous. And your post about how to bake a sweater is priceless!

  16. scotty says:

    That is one gorgeous sweater! Wear it with pride.

  17. Barb says:

    Beautiful job on that cardigan. The cables are awsome. Have fun in Ireland.

  18. Oh my…your FLAK is stunning! Seeing your finished picture makes me want to pick mine up again. Unfortunately, I’m still in the frustrating “swatching” stage!

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