This top is worked in-the-round from the bottom to the armholes, with slight shaping at the center front and back, then the front and back are worked separately to the shoulders. The front and back are worked exactly the same. The center two cables twist over each other at the base of the neck, then run up alongside the neck to the shoulder straps.
The 4-row cable pattern is presented in written format.
Skill Level: Experienced
Skills Used: Cable knitting, knitting in the round, reading charts, decreasing, picking up stitches
Sizes: XX-Small (X-Small, Small, Medium) (Large, 1X, 2X) (3X, 4X, 5X, 6X)
Finished Measurements: 21.75 (25.75, 29.75, 33.75, 37.75, 41.75, 44.25, 48.25, 52.25, 56.25, 60.25)” bust; intended to be worn with approximately 0-2" negative ease
Materials: Worsted weight cotton blend: 575 (725, 875, 1000, 1150, 1300, 1475, 1675, 1875, 2075, 2275) yards. Model knit in Cotton Fleece by Brown Sheep (80% cotton / 20% wool, 100 gram skein = 215 yards): Color #CW-935.
Needles and Notions: One size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 24” long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; one size 3 (3.25 mm) circular needle, 16” long; 2 cable needles; stitch markers; stitch holder.
Gauge: In Cable Pattern, 32 stitches and 33 rows = 4"/10 cm.
- Knitting pattern with written instructions and schematics
- US Imperial Measurements
- Women's sizes XXS to 6X (21.75" to 60.25" bust)
- Suitable for experienced knitters
Materials you need at home:
- 575 (725, 875, 1000, 1150, 1300, 1475, 1675, 1875, 2075, 2275) yards worsted weight cotton blend yarn
- One size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 24” long or longer
- One size 3 (3.25 mm) circular needle, 16” long
- 2 cable needles
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holder
Like many knitters, I learned how to knit from my mother at an early age, then promptly forgot as life got in the way. I returned to it for a short time as a student in Paris when a friend convinced me to try it again. The third time was the charm—my mother retaught me while I was in grad school. I was tired of trying to find sweaters with long enough sleeves to fit my 6′ frame, so I decided I’d just make my own. I fell madly in love with knitting, and eventually slipped into designing for myself when I began reworking existing patterns with elements that I liked better. And, of course, adjusting the sleeve and body lengths.