White Cable Knit Sweater

Cuddle up in this cozy cable knit sweater.


What You Need

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  • Merinos Dodici from Lana Borgosesia: 100% wool; 1 3/4 oz. (50g); 69 yds. (63m); bulky weight #1205 Ecru (A);
    or Kashmir from Trendsetter (2 strands held tog) 65% cashmere, 35% silk; 1 3/4 oz. (50g); 110 yds. (100m); worsted weight #1205 Ecru (B)
  • Size 15 (10mm) needles OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE
  • Size 13 (9mm) needles
  • Cable needle (cn)
  • 2 stitch holders
  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt-end yarn needle

Download the pattern

Sizes

  • Small: 16 balls (A) OR 20 balls (B)
    Bust = 36 inches
    Length = 22 inches
  • Medium: 18 balls (A) OR 22 balls (B)
    Bust = 40 inches
    Length = 23 inches
  • Large: 19 balls (A) OR 24 balls (B)
    Bust = 44 inches
    Length = 24 inches
  • 1x: 21 balls (A) OR 26 balls (B)
    Bust = 48 inches
    Length = 25 inches
  • 2x: 22 balls (A) OR 28 balls (B)
    Bust = 52 inches
    Length = 26 inches
  • 3x: 24 balls (A) OR 30 balls (B)
    Bust = 56 inches
    Length = 27 inches

Instructions are written for the smallest size with changes for larger sizes given in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Prep

Gauge: 12 sts and 16 rows = 4 inches (10cm) in Reverse St st with larger needles. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

Special abbreviations
6-ST RC (RIGHT CROSS) = Slip 3 sts onto cable needle (cn) and hold in back of work; k3, k3 from cn.
6-ST LC (LEFT CROSS) = Slip 3 sts onto cn and hold in front of work; k3, k3 from cn.
4-ST RC (RIGHT CROSS) = Slip 1 st onto cn and hold in back of work; k3, p1 from cn.
4-ST LC (LEFT CROSS) = Slip 3 sts onto cn and hold in front of work; p1, k3 from cn.

Cable Panel A

Worked over 20 sts; 12-row rep. Row 1 (RS): K3, p4; work 6-st RC over next 6 sts; p4, k3. Row 2 and all WS rows: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts. Row 3: K3, p3; work 4-st RC; work 4-st LC; p3, k3. Row 5: K3, p2; work 4-st RC, p2, work 4-st LC, p2, k3. Row 7: K3, p2, k3, p4, k3, p2, k3. Row 9: K3, p2, work 4-st LC, p2, work 4-st RC, p2, k3. Row 11: K3, p2, work 4-st LC, p2, work 4-st RC, p2, k3. Row 12: Rep Row 2. Rep Rows 1-12 for Cable Panel A.

Cable Panel B

Worked over 24 sts; 24-row rep Row 1 (RS): P2, k3, p4, work 6-st LC, p4, k3, p2. Row 2 and all of WS rows: Knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts. Row 3: P2, (work 4-st LC, p2, work 4-st RC) twice, p2. Row 5: P3, (work 4-st LC, work 4-st RC, p2) twice, p1. Row 7: P4, work 6-st RC, p4, work 6-st LC, p4. Row 9: P3, (work 4-st RC, work 4-st LC, p2) twice, p1. Row 11: P2, (work 4-st RC, p2, work 4-st LC) twice, p2. Row 13: P2, k3, p4, work 6-st RC, p4, k3, p2. Row 15: Rep Row 3. Row 17: Rep Row 5. Row 19: P4, work 6-st LC,p4, work 6-st RC, p4. Row 21: Rep Row 9. Row 23: Rep Row 11. Row 24: Rep Row 2. Rep Rows 1-24 for Cable Panel B.

Back

With smaller needles, cast on 72 (80, 88, 96, 104, 112) sts. Next row (RS): (K2, p2) 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) times; k3; (p2, k2) 3 times; p2; (k3, p2) twice; (k2, p2) 3 times; (k3, p2) twice; (k2, p2) 3 times; k3; (p2, k2) 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) times. Next row: K the knit sts, p the purl sts. Rep these 2 rows until piece measures 2 1/2 inches from beg, ending with a WS row. Change to larger needles. Set-Up row (RS): Purl across 4 (8, 12, 16, 20, 24) sts for reverse St st, place marker (pm), work Row 1 of Cable Panel A across next 20 sts, pm, work Row 1 of Cable Panel B across next 24 sts, pm, work Row 1 of Cable Panel A across next 20 sts, pm, purl to end of row for Reverse St st. Work even in Reverse St st and Cable Panels until piece measures 13 1/2 (14, 14 1/2, 15, 15 1/2, 16) inches, ending with a S row.

Shape Armholes

Keeping to pat, bind off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows -- 64 (72, 80, 88, 96, 104) sts. Dec 1 st each edge of next row once, then every other row 3 times -- 56 (64, 72, 80, 88, 96) sts. Work even in pat until piece measures 22 (23, 24, 25, 26, 27) inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape Shoulders

Keeping to pat, bind off 7 (9, 11, 13, 15, 17) sts at beg of next 2 rows -- 42 (46, 50, 54, 58, 62) sts. Bind off 8 (9, 10,11, 12, 13) sts at beg of next 2 rows -- sl rem 26 (28, 30, 32, 34, 36) sts onto holder for neck.

Front

Work same as Back until piece measures 19 (20, 21, 22, 23, 24) inches from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck

Next row (RS): Work across first 20 (23, 26, 29, 32, 35) sts; join another ball of yarn, bind off next 16 (18, 20, 22, 24, 26) sts, work rem 20 (23, 26, 29, 32, 35) sts. Working both sides at once with separate balls of yarn, bind off 2 sts at each neck edge once, then dec 1 st each neck edge every row 3 times -- 15 (18, 21, 24, 27, 30) sts each side. Continue, if necessary, until piece measures same as Back to shoulders.

Shape Shoulders

Working both sides at once with separate balls of yarn, shape shoulders same as Back.

Sleeve (make 2)

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With smaller needles, cast on 36 (36, 36, 44, 44, 44) sts. Next row (RS): (K2, p2) 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) times; k3; (p2, k2) 3 times; p2, k3; (p2, k2) 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) times.
Next row: K the knit sts; p the purl sts. Rep last 2 rows until piece measures 2 1/2 inches from beg, ending with a WS row. Change to larger needle
Set-Up row (RS): P across 8 ( 8, 8, 12, 12, 12) sts for Reverse St st, pm, work Row 1 of Cable Panel A across next 20 sts, p across rem 8 (8, 8, 12, 12, 12) sts for Reverse St st. Work in Reverse St st and Cable Panel as established, increasing 1 st each edge every 7 (6, 6, 8, 7, 7) rows 8 (1, 8, 7, 4, 9) times, then every 8 (7, 7, 9, 8, 8) rows 4 (12, 6, 4, 8, 4) times -- 60 (62, 64, 66, 68, 70) sts. Work even until Sleeve measures 17 1/2 (18, 18, 18 1/2, 18 1/2, 19) inches from beg, ending with a WS row.
Shape Cap: Bind off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows -- 52 (54, 56, 58, 60, 62) sts. Dec 1 st each edge every other row 10 (11, 12, 13, 14, 15) times -- 32 sts all sizes. Dec 1 st each edge every row until 16 sts rem. Bind off 3 sts at beg of next 4 rows; bind off rem 4 sts.

Finishing

Sew left shoulder seam.

Neckband

With RS facing and smaller needles, pick up and k 66 (70, 74, 78, 82, 86) sts evenly spaced along neck edge. Next row (RS): P1, *k2, p2, rep from * across, ending p1. Next row: K the knit sts and p the purl sts. Rep these 2 rows until neckband measure 4 inches from beg. Bind off loosely in pattern. Sew right shoulder and neckband seam. Sew Sleeves to Front and Back armholes. Sew side and Sleeve seams.

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