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« on: June 04, 2005 09:53:06 PM »

Does the effect of cabling look better on lighter and brighter colours than black or navy?  (I hope this hasn't already been covered a million times, did a quick search.)
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2005 05:32:36 AM »

i've never really thought about that - but while the cabling might be more noticeable on light colours I've seen plenty of dark cabled sweaters - I guess it just depends on what kind of look you want
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2005 06:45:39 AM »

Yes. When you consider that shadows, which enhance the texture of the cables, are dark, it makes sense that the lighter the yarn colour, the greater the contrast and the more the cables will stand out.

This is true of all textured knitting, although the subtler the texture the more it will disappear into dark yarn. Really richly textured cables will show much more clearly in navy or dark grey than seed stitch.

Lots of people find frustrating that it's harder to see mistakes when working in dark yarns. I guess this is where an ott lite comes in handy.
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2005 05:55:38 AM »

Thanks, yeah.  I was thinking of making Belt du Jour in black, it's a cabled knit belt.  I guess even if the cabling isn't visible, the cables will be a benefit because they'll make the belt stronger, right?  And a sturdy belt is a good thing!
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2005 01:30:03 AM »

Does the effect of cabling look better on lighter and brighter colours than black or navy?  (I hope this hasn't already been covered a million times, did a quick search.)


Absolutley.  Light colors show off the cable whereas with dark colours, the cable gets lost and all that work for nuffffin.  =(

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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2005 07:28:09 AM »

Generally, the lighter the color, the better the cables look.  However, I have noticed that cables look great with all colors of heathered yarn.  Dark, flat colors don't seem to cut it, but dark heathery yarns can show off cables very well.

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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2005 12:53:29 PM »

I would say that cables don't look better per se on lighter colors, but they're certainly more noticeable. I've seen amazing cable work in dark colors, and the dark yarn gives it a certain subtlety. and even cables in bright, variegated yarn can look so cool (http://www.livejournal.com/community/advanced_knit/186989.html#cutid1)
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