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The Harmony Guides 220 Aran Stitches and Patterns is a fantastic book! Patterns are given in row-by-row instructions, or graphically as charts. Before this, charts intimidated me. I don't know why that was, because (as some of you already know, I'm sure) charts are easy! I noticed that I initially defaulted to the row-by-row instructions because that's what I'm used to. By the end of my swatching, however, I could easily scan across the chart to see what I needed to do for that row.
I began this gauge swatch a few days ago, and continued knitting with it to test the cables. The Tahki New Tweed doesn't take to cables too well, in my opinion. Although it looks better in this photo, the cables don't seem to have any "spring".
Good thing I figured that out before I got too far in my project planning for this yarn. It means that the cabled V-neck sweater is out. Other sweaters, however, may be in. Actually, none of my LYSs have yet received their copies of the Classic Elite Tweed 2 booklet containing the pattern, so waiting for the order is no problem.