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Book Review & Giveaway: Unexpected Cables

In the past year I’ve gotten to know designer Heather Zoppetti’s work through industry trade shows. I admire her patterns and attention to detail. I was excited, then, to see her book Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting.

Unexpected Cables jacket

In her new book, Heather takes the magic of cables to new levels. Cabling may be an age-old technique, but she uses it to craft modern designs and silhouettes. In some designs she pairs cables with lightweight yarns and delicate details. In others, she uses bold cables and unusual construction. This gives the book a nice range of patterns. It is also well-balanced in terms of larger sweater projects, and smaller accessories such as socks and hats.

The book’s patterns are divided into three chapters:

In the first chapter, titled “Refined”, Zoppetti successfully bursts any notion that cables must be heavy-looking. She uses lightweight yarn and twisted stitch cables to give an updated, feminine flair, as in her pretty “Rapho Socks”:

Rapho Socks

Chapter 2 includes projects that marry cables and lace. Heather’s versatile design sense is evident in the delicate detailing of the “Talmage Pullover”:

Talmage Pullover

Her “Stevens Vest” is a fabulous circle vest that is high on my “Knit This!” list. It includes openwork alongside my personal favorite, reversible cables:

Stevens Vest


Chapter 3, called “Abstracts”, features unexpected cable placement or construction. Here, the “Penryn Pullover’s” asymmetric cable lends a modem, sophisticated air to a V-neck sweater:

Penryn Pullover

Brilliant construction comes into play in the “Fulton Shrug”. The piece personifies the book’s concept of “unexpected” and “cables”:

Rapho Socks

To me, cabling is a fun technique that adds variety and interest to my knitting life. In Unexpected Cables I’ve found plenty of patterns to keep me intrigued and entertained for a long time!

To win this book, enter a comment here on this post by the end of the day on December 14th (midnight Eastern Time). Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re the winner. I’ll be conducting a random drawing. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)

I can mail this book anywhere in the world as long as there are no postal or delivery restrictions.

Publisher Info:

Unexpected Cables: Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting

By Heather Zoppetti

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

128 pages, available in print and digital editions

By |2018-01-19T19:56:22+00:00December 8th, 2015|Book Review, Giveaway, Reviews|31 Comments


  1. Anne Marie December 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    LOVE that shrug! Rav amchart

  2. Anita December 8, 2015 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Now that I have discovered your blog. I am hooked, seeing books etc/ that I might have missed.
    This book is really well named. Every use of cable is a surprise. The Stevens vest is a monumental project, but bet it looks fabulous on.


  3. Kristen December 9, 2015 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    That shrug is really interesting! Love the softly bunchy texture!

    globalite on Ravelry

  4. Patsy Coats December 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    I would love to knit the Warwick beret.

  5. Kim D December 9, 2015 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Wow, this book looks like it would be super interesting. Cable knitting is something I haven’t done much of but I could see messing my way through a few of these patterns!
    Rav: Kimert

  6. Linda R December 9, 2015 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    What amazing projects! I’m a big cable fan; I’d love to dig into this book and see what I can learn!

    lindaran on Rav

  7. Chris December 9, 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    this would make a lovely Christmas gift for my sister, and of course I would ask for at least the Stevens Vest in my size be made first! I have not mastered knitting cables but sis is a pro 🙂
    oops, i-hook on raverly

  8. Connie December 9, 2015 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    The Penryn Pullover is lovely – I’d make that one for myself!

    greyowl on Rav

  9. Barbara - poodlelady on Ravelry December 9, 2015 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Wow. First time I have seen your blog. Now it is in my Favs.
    The book looks fantastic. There are at least 3 projects I would definitely knit.
    I particularly like the pairing of lace and cables.
    I would be one excited winner – fingers crossed.

  10. Elaine December 9, 2015 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    I cannot believe it. I just put this book on my wishlist and now I have a chance to win it! I absolutely LOVE many of the designs, especially Penryn’s Pullover

    Rav id: purple

  11. Alexis December 9, 2015 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Penryn is my favorite.

    tktl on Ravelry

  12. Sheri December 9, 2015 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    Lovely! Must make those socks! Thank you for such a generous giveaway.
    Rav id: sovereigncrux

  13. Jackie December 10, 2015 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Omg these look amazing!!! Epic!

  14. NanaMamah December 10, 2015 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness! So much beauty!

  15. Rose Scott December 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Such a fabulous collection of cables in her patterns. Thank you for the giveaway.

  16. Lyndy December 10, 2015 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    some many interesting cables…I love all the cables. Cables all the time!

    Lyndystitches on Rav.

  17. Shain December 10, 2015 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    Lovely patterns. Seems like a wonderful book

  18. Rachel December 10, 2015 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    I know my Mom would love the book and can always be coerced into knitting something for me. I’d really love the fabulous Penryn Pullover.

    Ravelry: rachel-o

  19. Tori December 10, 2015 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    I love the different explorations of cables!
    Rav: thebingeknitter

  20. Tracy W December 10, 2015 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    I absolutely adore cabling, and there are so many fresh new ideas here! I’m particularly drawn to Penryns Pullover, which looks like it would flatter just about everyone who wears it!

  21. Monica December 11, 2015 at 7:26 am - Reply

    I LOVE this book- I want to cast on at least half the patterns immediately!

  22. tami December 11, 2015 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Love, love, love cables, the more complicated, the better. The book looks fabulous! I’m squiggi on ravelry

  23. Tabs Tebay December 11, 2015 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Awesome looking book! Ravelry name – rosyretro

  24. Sheila December 11, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I love cables. So addictive to knit, watching them grow off my needles.

    SheilaOKeefe on Rav

  25. Judith Pfancuff December 12, 2015 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Great review! I now want to knit all these things! I especially like the Talmage and Penryn pullovers.

    JudiP53 on Ravelry

  26. Carmen N December 13, 2015 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I can’t show my sister those Rapho Socks … until I get a pair made for myself 🙂

  27. Carmen N December 13, 2015 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I love cables – and esp those Rapho Socks

  28. Rachel December 13, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Wow! I’m going to have to get a copy of this book. Thanks for the review.

  29. Deborah Ader December 14, 2015 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Wow! I’m not familiar with Heather Zoppetti’s work, but these are beautiful designs and I’d love to see the whole book!

  30. craftyone December 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    the fulton shrug is dynamite!

  31. Maureen December 14, 2015 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    Cables and lace something I have not done together. I have done each individually but not in the same project. What beautiful projects.

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