I bought the winter issue of pompom magazine because I fell in love with Norah Gaughan’s designs and she’s the guest editor for this edition. Her Nightingale design is featured on the cover. She chose woman warrior for the theme of the issue and all the designs included do illustrate the theme of a tough Victorian era woman. There are so many beautiful garments in there that I want to knit, but Nightingale speaks to me. The main feature is the cable pattern on the front, which, to me, looks like the breast plate of a suit of armor. It exudes strength.
I just finished a Norah Gaughan sweater for myself and Nightingale looks similar, so I don’t need to knit it for myself. But I want my granddaughter, Logan, to grow up to be a strong woman, so I want to knit it for her!
In Norah Gaughan’s book, The Knitted Cable Sourcebook, she describes what she calls a Stockinette Stitch Equivalent. When you knit cables, it tightens the fabric, so if you wanted to replace stockinette stitch with a cable pattern, you would need more stitches. Norah has figured out a way to calculate how many stockinette stitches you would need to replace if you wanted to work any cable, the SSE.
I boldly messaged Norah via Ravelry to ask if she had calculated the SSE for the beautiful cable chart in Nightingale so I could knit it for Logan. She graciously replied!! She hadn’t calculated it, but she took the time to figure it out for me. The SSE for the Nightingale chart is 54 stitches.
Using the leftover purple yarn seen above, I have a gauge of 5.5 stitches and 7 rows to the inch on size 7 needles. My math lets me down occasionally, but I’m confident enough to cast on 161 stitches and give it a go! Wish me luck!