Don't be afraid to mix colors and cables!
The often-repeated advice that it is best to choose solid-color yarns when you crochet cables is not always true. With a little bit of knowledge and planning, you can crochet beautiful Celtic cables and enhance the design with your choice of a multicolored yarn.
Author Noelle R. B. Stiles is a vision scientist and has done extensive research into the art and science of color play (so that you don't have to!). What she brings to this book is the practical side of color usage. She gives you a broad look at how colors and designs work together and illustrates how color choices affect the final outcome of your crochet pieces. She specifically sets out to prove that multicolored yarns should not be sidelined in your textured crochet pieces and can be used to great advantage. With practical examples and 20 patterns, she shows how crochet designs can feature both a multicolored yarn and an intricate cable to gorgeous effect. Patterns include eye-catching scarves, hats, mitts, blanket, cardigan, and more. If you are new to cabling, there are step-by-step instructions and several beginner patterns. Pull out your favorite hand-painted or variegated yarn and give it a try!
Noelle R. B. Stiles is Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at New Jersey Medical School. She is a core member of the Center for Advanced Human Brain Imaging Research within the Brain Health Institute at Rutgers. She was a vision research scientist at the University of Southern California in the Department of Ophthalmology for over 5 years, and earned a doctorate in Neuroscience from the Computation and Neural Systems Program at the California Institute of Technology.
Her research focuses on studying how the brain changes and adapts when vision is lost and when it is restored. She currently works with retinal prosthesis patients, who have vision restored by means of a biomedical implant and performs psychophysical evaluations and neuroimaging with these individuals. She also studies how the senses interact and has innovated new illusions such as the Audiovisual Rabbit Illusion (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCpsQ8LZOco), which has over half a million views on YouTube.
Dr. Stiles has always been artistically as well as scientifically inclined (perhaps inherited from her artist paternal grandmother and math-teacher maternal grandmother). She has been crocheting for two decades and designing award-winning crochet items for over eight years. She was the winner in the Baby Category for the 2017 Herrschners Grand National Afghan Contest. Under her designer label, Rebecca’s Stylings (rebeccasstylings.com), she has designed patterns for Red Heart Yarns, and has published over 150 crochet patterns on Love Crafts, WeCrochet, Ravelry, and Etsy. The focus of her fiber art is complex Aran-style cabling made with standard crochet stitches. This texture-rich fabric created in bright modern colors is the perfect canvas for her intricate yet intuitive designs.