Keridiana Cable Sweater Pattern
3 skeins patons classic merino wool
size 5 29" circ (or larger)
size 7 29" circ (or larger)
size 7 DPN's (or magic loop or 2 circ method for sleeves)
Gauge was 5 stitches=1"
Cast on multiple of 16 equal to bust measurement---in my case I have a 32 bust so I cast on 160. In retrospect I wish I had cast on for my waist instead as this is very stretchy!
Cast on X with smaller needle pm and join work being careful not to twist stitches
K2, P2 for approx 3 inches
switch to larger needle
Cable pattern as follows:
C6F, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2
Rnds 1-3 k6, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2
Rnd 4 cable
Rnds 5-6 k6, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2
Continue until you have done 5 twists PLUS rnds 5-6. Now switch cable and ribs colums from beginning of Rnd
Rnds 1-3 k2, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2
rnd 4 cable
Rnds 5-6 k2, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2
continue until you have 5 twists PLUS rnds 5-6
Return to original cable and rib columns until you have reached to underneath your bustline doing no more than 5 twists per pattern block. For me this would have been 3 twists, however due to my small bust and the stretchiness of this pattern I skipped the bust increases.
You will increase by making 1 at the column of ribs so
cable column,p2 m1 knitwise, k2, m1 purlwise, p2, m1 knitwise, k2, p2 (if on 1st cable/rib column)
m1 knitwise, k2, m1 purlwise, p2, m1 knitwise, k2, p2 cable column, p2(if on 2nd cable/rib colum)
so your ribbing colum now becomes
cable 6, p2, k3, p3, k3, p2, (1st cable column)
k3, p3, k3, p2, cable 6, p2 (2nd cable column)
Continue in cable and rib column until you have completed 5 twists. Original pattern states your cable column has shrink from 6 to 8, obviously you cant's shrink from 6 to 8,however since I did not do the bust increase I am no help in figuring this section out. She says just wing it and be consistent!In my sweater I only completed 4 twists plus Rnd 5-6 before I began the sleeve work
Now we are ready to work the top
(1) First count your blocks. Are they an even number? Figure out how much you should allocate for underarms. Keridiana did one block for each underarm leaving 3 blocks for the back and 3 for the front. I did 18 from a block making sure the cable was centered for each underarm and had 4 blocks for the front and 4 for the back.
(2) So you are at the beginning of the Rnd here. [I cont in rib pattern to complete 5 twists, however the twist would happen on Rnd 5 vs Rnd 4 since you will be knitting it flat
RIB (or cont cable) across the front blocks (4 for me), you are now at underarm 1. Using waste yarn as seen in pictures slip your allocated stitches onto yarn (for me this was 18 with the cable centered).
(3) Rib (or cable) across back to next underarm. Again slip arm stitches onto waste yarn. Forget about the back section now.
(4) Working the front cont Rib (or cable pattern completing the 5 twists plus rnds 5-6, then switch to k2, P2 rib) fo1.5"
(5)Now forget about the front and work the back section as you did the front. You should now have a tube plus a front and back section 1.5" above underarm stitches.
(6) Starting from the back section, PM, you will now cast on 32 stitches (or about twice your underarm stitches, I however CO 30 and in retrospect wish I had CO less than that, so advice is measure your shoulder width and see how many stitch you actually do need to CO to get a proper fit)
ignore the stitch marker it's in the wrong spot and should be behind the new cast on stitches.
(7) Rib across to other underarm site and again CO same number of stitches as you did for the other side. and join work.
You now have a big circle again and your first set of CO stitches is the new beginning of your Rnd. Rib in k2, P2 for about 1/2 inch.
(9) Garter stitch 2 rows. I however did seed/moss stitch for 4 rnds as 2 rows garter seemed a bit odd to me. I think 4 rnds garter would have been better
(10) switch to K1, P1 ribbing 4 rows
(11) count your stitches and figure out an even way to insert yarn over holes for ribbon (I omitted as ribbon is so not me)
(12) K1, P1 4 more rnds and end in 2 rows garter (or 4 rnds seed or 4 rnds garter) and BO
Your work should now look like this
Now comes the trickiest part of this pattern, The Sleeves!! I did the sleeves in a 5 twist cable rib column to match the body of the sweater but I think a simple k2, p2 would also work, and this sleeve could go shorter or even longer depending on your look. I choose a longish short sleeve version to get more use and wear from it. So take a deep breath, grab some chocolate and get ready to dive in!
Using DPNs, magic loop or 2 circ method Pick up 30 stitches form shoulder, 8 stitches from each side and 18 live stitches from waste yarn. It should look like this (on DPN)
You should now have 64 stitches (or well your number will be different based on how many st you held for underarm and co for the shoulder but for simplicity sake we will use my numbers)
K2, P2 1 rnd
Next rnd you will start decreasing out those picked up side stitches EVERY RND for 4 rnds using ssk, k2tog until you have 3 equal blocks of k2, p2, k2, p2, cable 6, p2 (or however many blocks you decide you want to do of the cable pattern, I have tiny arms so 3 is plenty)
Rnd 6 begin your cable pattern and complete 5 cable twists PLUS 3 regular ribbed rnds.
Switch to smaller needles and k2, p2 5 rnds. BO
For the ribbing Bo I use a stretchy Bo that goes as follows
k2, slip 2 st from rt needle to lft needle, k2tog tbl, k1, slip 2 st from rt to lft, k2tog tbl until you have 1 stitch left, pull the yarn thru and weave in end. But you can use any BO you desire
OR in Keridianna's pattern she
k2, P2 about 3" and then BO, when she had 1 stitch left she switched to crochet and did 8 shells.
I plan to add on 2 straps so that I can wear a bra with this, once I have that finished I'll post another tute and pics.