The Big Cable Cardigan is inspired by Valerie Miller’s Spinster design. I have high hopes that this will be a much-needed go-to garment for work and weekend wear! My wardrobe is lacking a black or gray sweater to answer the daily question, “but it’s chilly this morning and what can I possibly wear over this that will coordinate?”
I am implementing changes to the original project notes (there is no pattern) in order make it work in the places where the designer noted challenges and to adjust for a size medium.
Big Cable Cardigan Pattern
Currently in progress! I am adding to the pattern as I work it to ensure the sizing is accurate. I will update each section as it is completed. I’ll put it in a downloadable PDF when completed.
Note: The sweater is worked from the bottom up.
Needles: size 8 circular, worked from side to side, not in the round.
Cast on 228 stitches and divide as follows:
48 (left panel cable) 24 (left panel) 84 (back) 24 (right panel) 48 (right panel cable). Each cable is 24 stitches (12 for each half of the twist.)
Bottom Hem: work 2×2 rib for 2 1/2 inches (or desired length)
Main Body: continue 2×2 rib for 48 stitches at each end of the work (for reversible cable pattern); change to stockinette stitch for remaining side panel stitches and back. At the same time, begin reversible cable pattern over the 48 stitches on each end. Continue until work measures 21 inches from cast on edge.
The Reversible Cable Pattern is worked with a 2×2 rib (makes it look the same on both sides) as follows:
Row 6 (after switching to stockinette for main body): Inner Cable
- Right side panel: continue 2×2 rib over 24 stitches, place 12 stitches on cable need and hold in back, work next 12 stitches and then 12 stitches from the cable needle (1 cable made)
- work across all stockinette evenly
- Left side panel: place 12 stitches on cable needle and hold in front, work next 12 stitches, work 12 stitches from the cable needle; work 2×2 rib to end. (1 cable made)
Work evenly for 11 rows.
Row 12: Outer Cable
- Right side panel: place 12 stitches on cable needle and hold in front, work next 12 stitches, work 12 stitches from cable needle; work 2×2 rib for 24 stitches.
- work across all stockinette evenly
- Left side panel: work 2×2 rib for 24 stitches, place 12 stitches on cable needle and hold in back, work next 12 stitches, work 12 stitches from the cable needle.
*Repeat cables on every 12th row, alternating inner and outer cable (so each cable twists every 24th row)
Armhole Shaping: on the next RS row, work cable pattern as established, knit to 7 stitches before side seam marker.
Attach new ball of yarn and bind off 14 stitches in knit (7 on each side of side seam marker), knit across back to 7 stitches before the next side seam marker, attach new ball of yarn and bind off 14 stitches in knit (7 each side of side seam marker), work to end as established. You now have 3 balls of yarn attached, 1 for working each side panel and the back. Continue armhole shaping as follows:
Row 2 (next WS row): work even
Row 3: work cable as established; knit to end of right front panel; at beginning of back panel bind off 1 stitch in knit and work even to the end of back; at beginning of left front panel bind off 1 stitch in knit and work to end as established.
Row 4: work cable as established; work to end of left front panel; at beginning of back from panel bind off 1 stitch in purl and work even to end of back; at beginning of right front panel bind off 1 stitch in purl and work to end as established.
Repeat the above to rows 2 more times (a total of 3 decreases at each armhole edge)
*For a smaller armhole, bind off 5 0r 6 stitches at first, then work decreases as many decreases as needed.
Work each of the 3 panels evenly until the armhole measures 7″.
AT THE SAME TIME… Shape Collar:
The ribbed cables are widened and short rows worked to extend the length and have it curve around the shoulders. Try on your garment as you work to check for a fit you like!
After decreases for the armholes are completed and that it measures about 1″*, begin increasing for collar as follows:
*Note: you can begin increases to widen collar sooner – just decide where you want the collar to start to turn out and fold over. If I were to make this again, I might begin increases at or just before binding off for the armhole.
- On RS rows, add 1 stitch at the inner edge of the ribbing by working into the stitch below the last stitch of ribbing (doesn’t make a hole like a bar increase). Continue increases until the collar is a width you like – I increased until the armhole measured 6″.
- stay in rib, knitting or purling the new stitch as needed
- On WS rows, work a short row across the ribbing (this is the left panel): work across ribbing in cable pattern. At the end of the ribbing, slip and wrap 1 stitch, turn work, and work across the RS of the ribbing to end. Turn and work across entire sweater width. Work across the RS of the right panel ribbing, slip and wrap 1 stitch, turn and work across the WS of ribbing. So, for every 1 WS row, you end up working 3 rows of ribbing – make sure to continue the cable panel as established.
Shoulder Shaping: TBD