I taught myself how to crochet cables recently. I didn't even know you could do such a thing until I came across this wonderful board on Pinterest. So I looked in books and online and found this tutorial to be the most helpful.
I made it up as I went along so there were a few false starts, but it went well and kept me warm during the Eternal Winter of '13. I then made a cardigan for my daughter Rosa. I used this pattern from Ravelry. It was so good to make, all in one piece with raglan sleeves.
See how it grew from the top down? Beautifully logical and straightforward. I was crocheting in labour. I had taken a lot of drugs.
I adapted it quite a bit as the original had no cables and a colour block-y pattern happening at the bottom edge. The wool was Rowan Cashsoft bought in the January sales so it was a bargain too.
Rosa is at that age where clothes become a way of expressing herself. Which is a diplomatic way of saying she screams for a long time and very loudly indeed if I try and make her wear something she does not want to. Such as crocheted cardigans.
But she is also open to bribery with chocolate. A great life skill I have tried to instill as early as possible.