Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Top-Down Cable and Diamond Pullover

I found the beautiful stitch pattern used here in a Japanese pattern book, and was in love in an instant. This was one of those times when a stitch pattern spoke to me of the type of sweater it belonged with. I broke the larger center panel into the diamond pattern and mini cables on either side of it, then used these motifs for the sleeves, sides of the body, and raglan columns. I took the twisted rib from the mini cables and used it for the neckband, body, and sleeve trim. A top-down raglan like this is a challenge to design, and it took a while to get all of these elements to play nicely together in 11 sizes (yikes!), but I love the result!

This pullover is worked from the top down to the armholes, with raglan shaping to shape the yoke. Once the yoke is complete, the sleeves are placed on holders, while the body is worked to the bottom edge. Then the sleeves are worked to the cuffs.

The diamond and mini cable patterns are presented in charted format only.


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6 - 8 20%
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Skill Level: Experienced

Skills Used: Cable knitting, knitting in the round, reading charts, shaping multiple elements at the same time

Sizes: XX-Small (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X)

Finished Measurements: 27.5, (30.75, 35, 39.25, 43.5, 46.75, 51, 55.25, 59.5, 62.75, 67)” bust

Materials: Worsted weight wool: 810 (880, 965, 1070, 1160, 1260, 1360, 1465, 1560, 1635, 1735) yards. Model knit in Imperial Yarn Erin [100% wool; 4 ounces (114 grams) / 225 yards (206 meters)]: color #341 Sweet Plum.

Needles and Notions: Size 6 (4 mm) circular needles, 16″, 24″, and 29″ long or longer, and one set of double-pointed needles, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; cable needle; stitch markers; waste yarn

Gauges: In Stockinette stitch, 19 stitches and 27 rows = 4″/10 cm; 29 stitches in center Front/Back cable panel (9-stitch Mini Cable Chart, 11-stitch Diamond Chart, 9-stitch Mini Cable Chart) measures 4 1/8″/10.5 cm wide. TAKE TIME TO SAVE TIME, CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

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