15 September 2020

Live Loop Cables

Sue Perez has been updating me on the progress her "innovative crochet technique" book for at least three years now. When she finally reached the publishing finish line, I think I was first to order a copy!!!

Lizard was still in acute rehab at that point, so I ordered Live Loop Cables in Crochet via my phone. The print-on-demand book was waiting in our mailbox when we finally got to go home. I could not wait to try Sue's crochet cables.

I absolutely love to crochet, but I am a knitter, too. I've never really cared for one-hook ribs or cables because I can do them beautifully and efficiently with two sharp needles. But Sue always comes up with awesome stuff, and her drawings make me green with envy. So, of course, I HAD to try my hands at a live loop snowflake hexagon.

Now I know why all Sue's samples are squares. I probably will give this a try again sometime, but I'm not sure it will be this year.

Once I got the hang of the basic method, I did finally get into a groove. Once my sample got big enough to really look at, I mean, without a microscope, I realized my six-spoked 3D was embedded on a five-sided pentagon instead of a six-sided hexagon. I have a pretty clear idea how that happened, but it's not something I want to frog and do over. I'll just do over one day, fresh from scratch.

Nevertheless, this is one cool book, and there are designs in here I think would make lovely socks and sweaters. An afghan with each of the blocks would be beautiful, too.

And perhaps therein lies the key... don't try this technique the first time with a tiny hook and thread. And probably wise not to try a hexagon right out the gate. Use yarn, and make a nice, thick project you can see without straining your eyes!

Sue, I really do love your book!!!


  1. Replies
    1. Aww, thanks, Regula. Certainly doesn't feel well done! But I will try again...

  2. Thank you!!!

    If it makes you feel any better, I still haven't produced a center-out LL sample that I'm happy with. That's why all the hats so far are bottom-up. :)


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