Shawl Collar Cable Pullover Knit Pattern
Finally, I have got the knitting pattern of this stylish and luxury Shawl Collar Cable Pullover published here. I can’t wait to share the pattern out before my husband can wear it for our winter vacation in Japan next month. The knitting pattern comes in 6 sizes that fit chest measurements of 32, 36, 40, 44, 48 and 52 inch, suitable for both men and women. The written instruction completes with all the necessary details including materials needed, a pattern chart, a measurement diagram, and some work-in-progress photos. Above all, there are 2 main cable stitches in this knitted pullover, namely Woven Lattice Stitch and Moss Stitch Diamond Aran. The sides of the pullover and sleeves are knitted by Broken Rib Stitch which gives an elongate and slim appearance. The ribbing hems and collar are knitted by a 2×2 ribbing for a rugged look.
As a matter of fact, I worked very hard to get this shawl collar cable pullover knitting pattern journaled as I knit it. The development is time-consuming, even so, I truly enjoy doing it because I know that you will love to knit this stylish shawl collar cable pullover too. Every time I pick up my knitting needles to continue with my knitting, I feel that I have entered into a peaceful quiet wonderland with no one to disturb me. My family knows me well, especially if they’ve noticed that I am counting my stitches, they will try to be as quiet as possible so that I can concentrate on my counting. It took them a while to aware that I need a quiet time when coming to counting stitches, the louder they are when I am counting, the louder I am speaking out my counted stitches: “52! 53! 54! 55!….” with the fear that I will lose the sequence of numbers. Not only that it happens in counting knitting stitches; counting of cross stitch, crochet stitch, beads, even counting of scoops of formula milk will make you nuts if someone interrupted especially when you are almost done. Do you face the same experience too?
Shawl Collar Cable Pullover – Free Knit Pattern
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The design of this 2×2 ribbing shawl collar is simply the best to wear and keep you warm during the cold days. You may pull it up to cover the neck as a mini neck warmer, or, fold it down as a stylish collar. The yarn I used to knit this shawl collar cable pullover is Lion Brand Wool-Ease®, it is a 4-ply worsted weight yarn (4 Medium Weight), wool acrylic blends which is machine washable. Knit Gauge is 18 sts x 24 rows on U.S.8 (5mm) needles. If you are looking for equivalent yarn to use, besides getting the same knit gauge, you have to make sure that the yarn is soft to the skin.
Cable knitting is actually easier than you thought. If you have the basic to do knit and purl stitches, cable knitting is just about crossing the stitch(es) over by changing the sequence of knitting. The stitches crossing behind (or in front) are transferred to a small cable needle for storage while the stitches passing in front (or behind) are knitted. The former stitches are then transferred back to the original needle or knitted from the cable needle itself. You may find youtube videos on how to knit the cable stitches.
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Shawl Collar Cable Pullover
Size: (Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes)
To Fit Chest: 32 [36; 40; 44; 48; 52] inch / 81[91;102;112;122;132] cm
Actual Measurement: 36 [40; 44; 48; 52; 56] inch / 91 [102; 112; 122; 132; 142] cm
Length From Shoulder: 27.75 [28; 28.5; 29; 29.75; 30] inch / 70.5 [71; 72.5; 73.5; 75.5; 76.2] cm
Sleeve Seam: 19 [19; 19; 19.5; 19.5; 19.5] inch / 48 [48; 48; 49.5; 49.5; 49.5] cm
Materials And Tools:
1. Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease 80% acrylic, 20% wool (approx. 197 yards/180m per 85g ball)
- Color: Chestnut Heather
- Balls needed: 8 [8; 8; 9; 9; 10] balls
2. Needles: 36″ Circular needle U.S. 6 (4mm), U.S. 7 (4.5mm) and U.S. 8 (5mm).
3. Cable needle (size should be smaller than the largest circular needle)
4. Stitch Markers
5. Tapestry needle
Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximated.
Stockinette Stitch: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10cm) using U.S. 8 (5mm) needles
Pattern A gauge: 21 sts and 26 rows = 4″ (10cm) using U.S. 8 (5mm) needles
Pattern B gauge: 27 sts and 26 rows = 4″ (10cm) using U.S. 8 (5mm) needles
Take time to make a gauge swatch for each pattern to check your tension. Wash and block your swatch before measuring. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
The instructions are written for the smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s) the instructions will be written thus [ ]. Numbers for each size are shown in the same order throughout the pattern. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.
There are 2 main panel patterns used in this shawl collar cable pullover: Moss Stitch Diamond Aran & Woven Lattice Stitch (center)
Panel Pattern A – Moss Stitch Diamond Aran
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Worked over 21 sts
Row 1 (RS): TW2L, p5, T3B, k1, T3F, p5, TW2L
Row 2 and alt rows: Purl all purl sts and knit all knit sts as they appear
Row 3: TW2L, p4, T3B, k1, p1, k1, T3F, p4, TW2L
Row 5: TW2L, p3, T3B, (k1, p1) twice, k1, T3F, p3, TW2L
Row 7: TW2L, p2, T3B, (k1, p1) 3 times, k1, T3F, p2, TW2L
Row 9: TW2L, p2, T3F, (p1, k1) 3 times, p1, T3B, p2, TW2L
Row 11: TW2L, p3, T3F, (p1, k1) twice, p1, T3B, p3, TW2L
Row 13: TW2L, p4, T3F, p1, k1, p1, T3B, p4, TW2L
Row 15: TW2L, p5, T3F, p1, T3B, p5, TW2L
Row 17: TW2L, p6, C5F, p6, TW2L
Row 18: As 2nd row
These 18 rows form Panel Patt A.
Panel Pattern B – Woven Lattice Stitch
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Worked over 36 [44; 44; 44; 44; 44] sts
Row 1 (RS): (p4, C4B) 4 [5; 5; 5; 5; 5] times, p4.
Row 2 and alt rows: Knit all knit sts and purl all purl sts as they appear.
Row 3: p2, (T4B, T4F) 4 [5; 5; 5; 5; 5] times, p2.
Row 5: p2, k2, p4, (C4F, p4) 3 [4; 4; 4; 4; 4] times, k2, p2
Row 7: p2, (T4F, T4B) 4 [5; 5; 5; 5; 5] times, p2.
Row 8: As 2nd row
These 8 rows form Panel Patt B.
Key (Click Picture for a larger chart, open in new tab)
alt = Alternate(ing)
beg = Beginning
C4B = Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K2, then k2 from cable needle
C4F = Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K2, then k2 from cable needle
C5F = Slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work, k2, slip the purl st from point of cable needle back onto left-hand needle, purl this st, then k2 from cable needle.
cont = Continue
dec = Decrease(ing)
foll = Following
k = Knit
inc = Increase(ing)
mp = make 1 purl-wise
P = Purl
patt = Pattern
rem = Remaining
rep = Repeat
RS = Right Side
sl = slip
st(s) = Stitch(es)
T3B = Slip next st onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K2, then p1 from cable needle
T3F = Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P1, then k2 from cable needle
T4B = Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K2, then p2 from cable needle
T4F = Slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work. P2, then k2 from cable needle
TW2L = Slip next st onto cable needle and leave at front of work, K1, then K1 from cable needle.
WS = Wrong Side
Using 4mm needles, 2×2 tabular cast on 82 [94; 102; 110; 118; 130] sts. (Watch video on how to do 2×2 tabular cast-on)
Row 1 (RS): k2, (p2,k2) to end.
Row 2: p2, (k2, p2) to end.
Rep these 2 2×2 rib rows for 2.25″ (5.5cm), ending after Row 1. (about 18 rows including 3 rows of 2×2 tabular cast-on)
Next Row: p5 [3; 7; 7; 11; 10], *mp, p3 [4; 4; 4; 4; 5], rep from * to last 5 [3; 7; 7; 11; 10] sts, p to end. 106 [116; 124; 134; 142; 152] sts.
Change to U.S.8 (5mm) needles and work pattern as following:
Row 1 (RS): k12 [13; 17; 22; 26; 31], p2, Patt A, Patt B, Patt A, p2, k12 [13; 17; 22; 26; 31] to end.
Row 2: p0 [1; 1; 0; 0; 1], (k1,p1) 6 [6; 8; 11; 13; 15] times, k2, Patt A, Patt B, Patt A, k2, (p1, k1) 6 [6; 8; 11; 13; 15] times, p0 [1; 1; 0; 0; 1] to end.
These 2 rows form pattern, panel patterns are now in position. Continue to establish the pattern until work from rib measures 16″, ending after a WS row. (approx. 106 rows)
Bind off loosely 5 [6; 7; 7; 8; 9] sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st at each end of next 5 [5; 5; 7; 7; 9] rows, then on every foll alt row until 82 [88; 94; 98; 104; 110] sts rem. **
Cont straight until BACK measures 24.5 [24.75; 25.25; 25.75; 26.5; 26.75] inch from rib, or 160 [162; 164; 168; 172; 174] rows from rib, measured through center of work, ending after a WS row.
Bind off loosely 7 [8; 9; 9; 10; 11] sts at beg of next 4 rows, then 8 [8; 8; 10; 10; 11] sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off rem 38 [40; 42; 42; 44; 44] sts.
Work as BACK to **.
Cont straight until FRONT measures 20.5 [20.75; 21.25; 21.75; 22.5; 22.75] inch from rib, or, 133 [135; 137; 141; 145; 148] rows from rib, measured through center of work.
Divide for neck
Next Row: Patt 22 [24; 26; 28; 30; 33], bind off next 38 [40; 42; 42; 44; 44] sts, patt to end.
Continue straight on last group of sts until FRONT measures same a Back to shoulder shaping, 160 [162; 164; 168; 172; 174] rows from rib, ending at armhole edge.
Bind off 7 [8; 9; 9; 10; 11] sts at beg of next and foll alt rows.
Work 1 row. Bind off. Rejoin yarn to rem st from the neck-hole edge and complete the match first half.
SLEEVES (knit 2)
Using 4mm needles, 2×2 tabular cast on 38 [38; 38; 38; 38; 42] sts.
Work in 2×2 rib as on BACK for 2.25″ (5.5 cm), ending after Row 1.
Next Row: p3 [1; 1; 2; 2; 3], (mp, p2) 7 [11; 11; 18; 18; 9] times, (mp, p3) 7 [5; 5; 0; 0; 7] times. 52 [54; 54; 56; 56; 58] sts.
Change to U.S.8 (5mm) needles and work pattern as following:
Row 1 (RS): k14 [15; 15; 16; 16; 17], p2, Patt A, p2, k13 [14; 14; 15; 15; 16]
Row 2: p1 [0; 0; 1; 1; 0], (k1, p1) 6 [7; 7; 7; 7; 8] times, k2, Patt A, k2, (p1, k1) 7 [7; 7; 8; 8; 8] times, p0[1; 1; 0; 0; 1]
Cont in patt and at the same time inc 1 st at each end on the 9th [9th; 7th; 7th; 7th; 6th] row, then on every foll 9th [9th; 7th; 7th; 7th; 6th] row until there are 60 [66; 72; 76; 80; 82] sts, then on every foll 11th [11th, 11th, 11th, 10th, 10th] row until there are 70 [74; 78; 82; 84; 88] sts, taking extra sts into patt.
Cont straight until SLEEVE measures 16.75 [16.75; 16.75; 17.25; 17.25; 17.25] inch from rib, or, 109 [109; 109; 112; 112; 112] rows from rib.
Bind off loosely 5 [6; 7; 7; 8; 9] sts at beg of next 2 rows, work 2 [3; 3; 2; 3; 5] rows straight.
Dec 1 st at each end of next row, then on every foll 3rd row until 56 [56; 56; 56; 50; 50] sts rem, then on every foll alt row until 24 [28; 30; 34; 36; 38] sts rem, work 1 row straight, then on every row until 12 [14; 16; 18; 20; 22] sts rem. You have worked 47 [48; 49; 51; 55; 56] rows for the top of the sleeve.
Bind off loosely.
Block each piece of work as soon as it is done and before joining up.
Diagram (Click Picture for a larger chart, open in new tab. Or, download pdf version here.)
With RS work facing you and begin at the front Right neck edge, using U.S. 7 (4.5mm) needles
to pick up 104 [108; 112; 112; 116; 116] sts. Do not pick up stitches from Front neck edge.
Row 1: p3, (k2, p2) to last st, p1.
Row 2 (RS): k3, (p2, k2) to last st, k1.
Cont in rib as set on these 2 rows for 2.75″ (7cm), approx 18 rows.
Change to U.S. 6 (4mm) needles and cont in rib until work measures 5″ (13cm), approx 34 rows, ending after Row 1.
Shape Neck Edge
Row 1 (RS): rib to last 8 sts, turn.
Row 2: sl1 to right needle, pull yarn tight, rib to last 8 sts, turn.
Row 3 to 4: sl1 to right needle, pull yarn tight, rib to last 12 sts, turn.
Row 5 to 6: sl1 to right needle, pull yarn tight, rib to last 16 sts, turn.
Row 7 to 8: sl1 to right needle, pull yarn tight, rib to last 20 sts, turn.
Cont in this way working 4 sts fewer on every row until row 16 or the 2 rows “sl1, rib to last 36 sts, turn” have been worked.
Next row: sl1, rib to end of row.
Bind off in 2×2 rib.
TO FINISH OFF
Overlapping left neck edge over right neck edge, stitch side edges of collar to cast off sts at front of neck as shown in the picture.
Sew in Sleeve Tops. Join side and Sleeve seams.
More Details on how to knit the Shawl Collar Cable Pullover
Get ready the yarns and needles needed to knit this shawl collar cable pullover pattern.
I used Lion Brand Wool Ease, Color: Chestnut Heather, Balls needed: 8 [8; 8; 9; 9; 10] balls. You can always find equivalent yarn to knit as long it matched the required gauge in the pattern.
Spend some time to make the gauge swatch to check your tension. Increase or decrease the needle size if required. Wash and block your swatch before measuring. When you match the gauge in the pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the yarns stated in this pattern will be sufficient.
You can start your knitting after you have determined the correct yarn and needle to use.
This pattern is a Bottom to Top knitting, begin with a 2×2 ribbing on the waist. I used 2×2 tabular cast-on which gives more stretchy rib. Here is a very useful video on 2×2 tabular cast-on I’ve found in youtube that you may follow to knit it. Otherwise, you can use long tail cast-on or your choice of cast-on which you feel more comfortable.
I blocked every piece of the work after it is done. My preferred blocking method is to soak the knit piece into a 40ºC of warm water with fabric softener. Press dry the knit piece with a big towel. Lay it on a dry towel, adjusting the knit piece to obtain the dimension stated in the pattern. Leave it to dry in a well-ventilated room.
While waiting for the Sleeves to be blocked, the Back and Front pieces are ready for joining up.
Join the shoulders of the Back and Front piece.
Pick up stitches from the collar edges as stated in the pattern.
Keep warm, stay stylish!