We have searched and searched through books and magazines, and the important word for Betsi and her new sweater is BIG. Her cables need to be big and bold. She doesn't want an all-over cabled look, either, rather showcasing the one or two that are in the sweater, with lots of plain knitting surrounding them.
I am thinking a lacey cable will help somewhat with the weight of this thing.
So, armed with a few ideas and possibilities we found these past weeks, I am going to knit a few swatches for her perusal.
The current issue of VOGUE KNITTING has an interesting BIG cable:
But, of course, it is not exactly what she is looking for. I spent some time this morning tweaking it, and will swatch this evening if all goes well. Here is the chart I will use (sorry about no symbol key..pressed for time):
I am using VENEZIA from Cascade Yarns; merino wool and silk. I suspect I'll get about 3 sts=1" in stocking stitch, but we'll see what the cabling does to the gauge.