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Winter Sweater Pattern

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The winter sweater is a heavily cabled raglan pullover knit in pieces from the bottom up. The sleeves are worked in moss stitch and the back, left front, and right front are worked in cable patterns with moss stitch on the sides.

The raglans are shaped using compound decreases. Short rows shape the top of the sleeves; the back raglans are intentionally 1” (2.5 cm) longer than the left and right fronts.

The button band is worked at the same time as the left and right fronts. After all shaping is complete, short ribbed tabs are worked and then joined along the top of sleeve and back neck. Front neck and raglan shaping occurs simultaneously. All pieces are seamed using mattress stitch.


Kelbourne Woolens Erin (60% fine Irish wool, 40% New Zealand wool; 164 yds/100 gm skein): 105 natural, 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9) skeins.
14 sts and 20 rows = 4” (10 cm) in moss stitch on larger needle, after blocking.
Center Chart Panel (32 sts) = 7” (18 cm) wide on larger needle, after blocking.
Panel Charts A and B (13 sts each) = 2.75” (7 cm) wide on larger needle, after blocking.
Cross Charts A and B (5 sts each) = 1” (2.5 cm) wide on larger needle, after blocking.
1 – US 7 (4.5 mm) 24–36” (60–90 cm) circular.
1 – US 9 (5.5 mm) 24–36” (60–90 cm) circular.
Take time to check your gauge and adjust needle size(s) accordingly if necessary.
Tapestry needle, stitch holders or waste yarn, stitch marker.
40.5 (41.75, 45, 50.75, 53, 55, 62, 64)” 95.5 (101.5, 113, 124.5, 131, 136, 153.5, 159) cm finished chest, buttoned, with 1.25” (3.2 cm) front bands overlapped. Cardigan is designed to be worn with 4–6” 10–15 cm positive ease. Please see schematic for more detailed finished measurements.
Cables from charts, mattress stitch, short row shaping.

The Season of Sweaters features four free patterns perfect for the changing of the seasons. Patterns are designed by Kate and Courtney and will be published on the first Friday of spring, summer, fall, and winter and feature four Kelbourne Woolens yarns.