My Mom taught it to me. (She also taught me not to swear. 'tschuldigung, Mama.)
One of the current projects is a sweater for Alan - a project that, I have to confess, was interrupted for almost a year because my maid made away with my cable needle. As I never remembered to buy one when I was in a country that actually sells them, the project was stalled.
Then I did remember to buy them needles, brought two over, unpacked them... and somehow, right next to them, the missing one popped back into existence. On the upstairs sofa where I never knit and where I never put anything. I hope it had fun wherever it spent the last year.
Anyhow. Now I'm back on track and just started with the front. Good thing I planned the sweater big!
Isn't this a lovely pattern?
The finished sweater ought to look something like this:
The pattern is from Zoe Mellor's book Adorable Knits for Tiny Tots which is a silly title but the book has exactly that - adorable patterns in various sizes (up to 6 years) for all sorts of kids, seasons, and skill levels. I've taken more out of this book and I really like it.
I've also gotten addicted to the Yarn Harlot's Blog. Clearly I have too much time on my hands.
BTW, the title of this post? Those slung things in the middle of the pattern? Those are called "cables" in English, and "Zöpfe" in German. Meaning "braids". Which is a much nicer and more descriptive name, in my humble opinion.