Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Top-Down Cable Pullover

I worked with Wendy Bernard on her book “Custom Knits”—which talks about the joys of top-down knitting—and was inspired to create this pullover. You cast on for the back and work to the armholes, then pick up for the front from the back stitches and work to the armholes. The body is worked in the round to the bottom edge, and then the sleeves are picked up from the armholes, shaped with short rows at the cap, then worked to the bottom as well, so when the sleeves are done, all that’s left is the neckband – no seams!

The cable pattern is presented in charted format.


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Skill Level: Experienced

Skills Used: Cable knitting, knitting in the round, reading charts, increasing and decreasing in pattern, picking up stitches, Short-Row Shaping (Wrap and Turn)

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

Finished Measurements: 28 (33, 37.5, 41.5, 44, 49.5, 53, 58, 62, 66, 70.5)” bust; intended to be worn with approximately 4″ ease

Materials: Worsted weight wool: 2325 (2675, 2900, 3200, 3425, 3750, 4050, 4375, 4750, 5150, 5550) yards. Note: If you increase the length of the Body or Sleeves, be sure to purchase additional yarn.

Model knit in Nature Spun Worsted by Brown Sheep Company (100% wool, 100 gram skein = 245 yards): #N59 Butterfly Blue.

Needles and Notions: One size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 24” long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; one set of five size 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles (dpn) for Sleeves; one size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 16”long, for Neckband; cable needle (cn); stitch markers; waste yarn.

Gauges: In Cable Pattern from Chart, 38 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10 cm, before blocking; 29 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10 cm after blocking.

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