Café Bastille

I’ve finally started my next Aran. This one will be done using the Café Bastille Cables pattern from the Fall 2003 Interweave Knits magazine. I’m making it for Thomas the Triathlete. It should knit up really quick, since it uses fairly bulky yarn and size 11 needles. I started it on New Year’s Eve and I’ve already got almost a full pattern repeat of the trellis cable done (16 rows).

In the process of starting this sweater, I entered the cable patterns into Visiknit to make myself some pattern cards. In so doing, I discovered a new feature I’d like to add. I also discovered a bug.

The bug is in the way it draws graph lines. For some reason, there are graph lines showing up in squares where there are cable crosses going on. This is ugly and must be fixed.

The new feature is something I’m going to call symmetry prediction. At least until I find a better name. It occurred to me as I was entering the sixteen rows of the trellis braid. Since the braid is both horizontally and vertically symmetrical, it seemed like an awful waste of time for me to have to enter all sixteen rows. Why not just enter the first eight rows, tell the program that the cable is symmetrical, and let it fill in the next eight automatically? How hard can that be? :-) We’ll see how hard it is when I sit down and actually try to implement it.

Pics of the Bastille when I get home tonight.

Also, check out Knitting for Charlie. Maggie is raising money to help treat her sick cat. If you’re reading this blog, chances are good that you can either make your own hat, or you’ve already asked me for one. But it’s for a good cause.

No Responses to “Café Bastille”

  1. David Says:

    Yup, the Trellis and the Saxon Braid are pretty much the same. It’s a lovely centerpiece for an Aran.

  2. Eileen Says:

    That Trellis cable looks suspiciously like the Saxon Braid in the Original Sweater Project. Just noticed because I’ve just started that top down Aran myself.

  3. Cassie Says:

    Café Bastille is a beautiful sweater. What yarn and color are you doing it in?