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Home : Patterns : Cable-knit Pullover Sweater

Free Knitting Pattern: Cable-knit Pullover Sweater

Lion Brand® Homespun®
Pattern #: 723
Rating: *****4.5 (based on 4 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large
Finished bust/chest: 49½ (51½, 53½)".
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

CORRECTIONS: (applied Jul 3, 2003)

Sleeve Pattern Reads "Est Pat: Row 1 (RS): Work last 9 sts of Pat II Row 1...", should read "Est Pat: Row 1 (RS): Work last 9 sts of Pat II Row 3..."
The above is only a summary of corrections; the corrected pattern text is below (if free) or shipped upon completion of order (if purchased)
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This is a traditional fishermen's aran-style sweater in easy-care, soft Homespun.
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*Homespun® (Article #790). 98% Acrylic, 2% Polyester; package size: 6.00oz/170.00 gr. (185yds/169m) pull skeins

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•  790-309 Homespun Yarn: Deco
$ 44.94 (7, 7)  
Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]   $ 4.95  
Lion Brand Knitting Needles Size 11 [8 mm]   $ 5.95  
Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 9   $ 8.25  Note: Only one needle is used
Lion Brand Stitch Holders   $ 5.99  
Additional Materials
Circular knitting needles sizes 8 (5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm), 16” (40.5 cm).

Cable-knit Pullover Sweater

Lion Brand® Homespun®


13 sts = 3½" with size 11 needles in Pat I. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


FC = Front Cross: Sl 3 sts to dpn and hold in front, k 2, sl p st from dpn to left-hand needle and p it, k 2 from dpn.

BC = Back Cross: Sl 3 sts to dpn and hold in back, k 2, sl p st from dpn to left-hand needle and p it, k 2 from dpn.

RT = Right Twist: Insert right-hand needle into the 2nd st on the left-hand needle, k this st, then k the first st on left-hand needle, sl both sts off tog.


Pat I Plait Cable (13 sts = 3½")
Row 1 (RS):
P 2, k 9, p 2.
Row 2: K 2, p 9, k 2.
Row 3: P 2, sl 3 sts to dpn and hold in back, k 3, k 3 from dpn, k 3, p 2.
Rows 4, 6 & 8: Rep row 2.
Row 5: Rep Row 1.
Row 7: P 2, k 3, sl 3 sts to dpn and hold in front, k 3, k 3 from dpn, p 2.
Rep Rows 1-8 for Pat I.

Pat II Wheat Ear Cable (17 sts = 4¼")
Row 1 (RS):
P 2, k 13, p 2.
Rows 2 & 4: K 2, p 13, k 2.
Row 3: P 2, sl 3 sts to dpn and hold in back, k 3, k 3 from dpn, k 1, sl 3 sts to dpn and hold in front, k 3, k 3 from dpn, p 2.
Rep Rows 1-4 for Pat II.

Pat III Loose Five-Rib Braid (18 sts = 5¼")
Rows 1 & 5 (RS):
P 2, (k 2, p 1) 4 times, k 2, p 2.
Rows 2, 4, 6 & 8 (WS): K 2, (p 2, k 1) 4 times, p 2, k 2.
Row 3: P 2, k 2, (p 1, FC) 2 times, p 2.
Row 7: P 2, (BC, p 1) 2 times, k 2, p 2.
Rep Rows 1-8 for Pat III.



With #9 needles, cast on 94 (98, 102) sts. Work in k 2, p 2 rib for 2½", end WS. Change to #11 needles. Est Pat: Row 1 (RS): P 2 (4, 6), RT, Pat I, RT, Pat II, RT, Pat III, RT, Pat II, RT, Pat I, RT, p 2 (4, 6). Cont in pat as est until piece measures 25½" from beg. Shape shoulder and back neck: Bind off 32 (33, 34) sts, work center 30 (32, 34) sts and place on holder for back neck, bind off rem 32 (33, 34) sts.


Work same as back until 23" from beg, end WS. Shape neck: Next row: Keeping to pat, work 39 (40, 41) sts, attach new yarn and work center 16 (18, 20) sts place on holder, work rem sts. Working both sides at the same time with separate balls of yarn, at each neck edge bind off 2 sts 2 times, then dec 1 st every other row 3 times -- 32 (33, 34) sts rem each side. Work even until front measures same as back to shoulder. Shape shoulders: Bind off rem 32 (33, 34) sts each side.


With #9 needles, cast on 38 sts. Work in rib as for back for 2½", inc 1 st at beg and end of last row -- 40 sts. Change to #11 needles. Est Pat: Row 1 (RS): Work last 9 sts of Pat II row 3 (k 1, sl 3 sts to dpn and hold in front, k 3, k 3 from dpn, p 2), RT, Pat III, RT, first 9 sts of Pat II (p 2, sl 3 sts to dpn and hold in back, k 3, k 3 from dpn, k 1). Cont in pat as est, inc 1 st each end every 3 rows 7 (8, 9) times, then every 4 rows 10 times working added sts into pat -- 74 (76, 78) sts. Next row: P 7 (8, 9), RT, Pat II, RT, Pat III, RT, Pat II, RT, p 7 (8, 9). When sleeve measures 17¾" from beg, bind off in pat.


Sew front to back at shoulders. Mock Turtleneck: With RS facing, using #9 circular needles, pick up and k 72 (76, 80) sts around neck edge including sts on front and back holders. Work in k 2, p 2 rib for 2". Change to #8 circular needles and cont in rib for 2" more. Bind off to gauge. Mark front and back at side edges 11" down from shoulder seam for sleeve placement. Sew sleeves between markers. Sew side and sleeve seams.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing) est = establish(ed)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
p = purl pat = pattern
rem = remain(s)(ing) rep = repeat(s)(ing)
RS = right side sl = slip
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: *****4.5 (based on 4 reviews)
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Cable-knit Pullover Sweater Reviewed by Linda D Mansker on 2012-05-03 *****
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I made this sweater while I was living in Corning, NY, in 2004. I worked it up in the Tudor Homespun colorway, and it's georgeous: warm, stylish, and quite a conversation starter. I knitted this all over town that winter: at home, at work on my lunch hour, and with my knitting club in the internet cafe on Market Street. It's the first time I'd tried an aran, but it was a lot of fun! I'll be doing it again!

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