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Keen Celtic Cables Sweater

This knit sweater pattern guarantees a final piece that will leave a lasting impression. This Keen Celtic Cables sweater emulates sophistication and comfort. An experienced knitter will love the challenge of these beautiful Celtic knots. This sweater is a timeless classic with enduring style. Bold colors and defining cables make this sweater an everlasting favorite. This lovely piece will become a treasured staple in your closet. You will reach for this sweater again and again. Gorgeous details and skilled artistry never go out of style.

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Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

  • Grace Yarn Main (136yds, 125m) Color (MC) (Color No Longer Available) Sizes S 14, M 15, L 16, XL 17 Balls
  • Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension
  • Cable needle
  • Size 4 mm (U.S. G or 6) crochet hook


 

Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with 2 strands of yarn in rib pat



Measurements:

 

Bust measurement

  • S     30-32 ins [76-81.5 cm]
  • M     34-36 ins [86.5- 91.5 cm]
  • L     38-40 ins [96.5-101.5 cm]
  • XL     42-44 ins [106.5-112 cm]

Finished bust

  • S     37½ ins [95 cm]
  • M     40 ins [101.5 cm]
  • L     42 ins [106.5 cm]
  • XL     46 ins [117 cm]



Abbreviations:

  • Beg = beginning
  • Ch(s) = Chain(s)
  • K = knit
  • P = purl
  • pat = pattern
  • psso = pass slipped stitch over
  • rem = remain(ing)
  • rep = repeat
  • rnd(s) = round(s)
  • Rnd = Round
  • RS = right side
  • sc = single crochet
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • tog = together
  • WS = wrong side
  • C6B = slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K3, then K3 from cable needle
  • C6F = slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K3, then K3 from cable needle
  • T5B = slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K3, then P2 from cable needle
  • T5F = slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and leav at front of work. P2, then K3 from cable needle
  • T4B = slip next st onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K3, then P1 from cable needle

 

 

Instructions:

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger sizes, the instructions will be written thus ( ).


Panel Pat (worked over 31 sts)
1st row: (RS). P3. K3. (P4. C6F) twice. P5.
2nd row: K5. (P6. K4) twice. P3. K3.
3rd row: P3. (T5F. T5B) twice. T5F. P3.
4th row: K3. P3. (K4. P6) twice. K5.
5th row: P5. (C6B. P4) twice. K3. P3.
6th row: As 4th row.
7th row: P3. (T5B. T5F) twice. T5B. P3.
8th row: As 2nd row. These 8 rows form Panel Pat.
 

Front
With 2 strands of yarn, cast on 97 (103-109- 121) sts.
1st row: *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1. Rep last row once more. Proceed in rib and side seed st pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. P1. K1 (4-1-1). (P3. K3) 6 (6-7-8) times. (P4. K6) twice. P5. (K3. P3) 5 (5-6-7) times. K1 (4-1-1). P1. K1.
2nd row: K1. P1. K4 (1-4-4). (P3. K3) 4 (5-5-6) times. P3. K5. (P6. K4) twice. (P3. K3) 6 (6-7-8) times. P0 (3-0-0). K1. P1. K1. Proceed in Panel Pat and side seed st pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. P1. K1 (4-1-1). (P3. K3) 5 (5-6-7) times. Work 1st row of Panel Pat. (K3. P3) 5 (5-6-7) times. K1 (4-1-1). P1. K1.
2nd row: K1. P1. K4 (1-4-4). (P3. K3) 4 (5-5-6) times. P3. Work 2nd row of Panel Pat. (P3. K3) 5 (5-6-7) times. P0 (3-0-0). K1. P1. K1. Panel Pat is now in position. Cont in pat, keeping cont of Panel Pat, until work from beg measures 2½ ins [6 cm]. Place a marker at each end of needle on last row. Proceed in pat as follows:
Next row: (RS). K3 (0-3-3). (P3. K3) 5 (6-6-7) times. Work appropriate row of Panel Pat. (K3. P3) 5 (6-6-7) times. K3 (0-3-3).
Next row: P3 (0-3-3). (K3. P3) 5 (6-6-7) times. Work appropriate row of Panel Pat. (P3. K3) 5 (6-6-7) times. P3 (0-3-3). Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures approx 16 ins [40.5 cm], ending with a 2nd row of Panel Pat. Shape armholes: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 7 (4-7-7) sts beg next 2 rows. 83 (95-95-107) sts. Dec 1 st at each end of needle on next 4 rows, thus ending with 8th row of Panel Pat. 75 (87- 87-99) sts. Proceed as follows: Work 2 rows even in pat.
Next row: Pat 22 (28-28-34) sts. P3. K3. P3. T4B. K3. P3. T4B.T5F. P3. Pat to end of row. Next row: Pat 22 (28-28-34) sts. (K3. P3) twice. K7. (P3. K3) twice. Pat to end of row. (K3. P3) rib is now in position. Cont in (K3. P3) rib only, proceed as follows:
Front opening: Next row: Pat across 36 (42-42- 48) sts. P2tog. Turn. Leave rem 37 (43-43-49) sts on a spare needle. Work 5 rows even in (K3. P3) rib pat. Proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). (Eyelet row). Pat to last 3 sts. yrn. P2tog. P1. Work 7 rows even.
9th row: As 1st row. Work 4 rows even. Neck shaping: Next row: (WS). Cast off 10 (12-12-12) sts. Pat to end of row. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 6 (6-6-10) rows. 21 (25-25-27) sts. Cont even until armhole measures 6½ (7-8-8½) ins [16.5 (18-20.5-21.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row. Shoulder shaping: Cast off 10 (12-12-13) sts beg next row. Work 1 row even. Cast off rem 11 (13-13-14) sts. Join yarn to rem sts on spare needle and rib to end of row. Keeping cont of rib pat, work 5 rows even. Proceed as follows:
1st row: (RS). (Eyelet row). P1. P2tog. yrn. Pat to end of row. Work 7 rows even.
9th row: As 1st row. Work 5 rows even.
Neck shaping: Next row: (RS). Cast off 10 (12-12-12) sts. Pat to end of row. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 6 (6-6-10) rows. 21 (25-25-27) sts. Cont even until armhole measures 6½ (7-8-8½) ins [16.5 (18-20.5-21.5) cm], ending with WS facing for next row. Shoulder shaping: Cast off 10 (12-12-13) sts beg next row. Work 1 row even. Cast off rem 11 (13-13-14) sts.
 

Back
With 2 strands of yarn, cast on 93 (99-105-117) sts.
1st row: (RS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to last st. K1. Rep last row once more. Proceed in rib and side seed st pat as follows:
1st row: (RS). K1. P1. K1 (4-1-1). *P3. K3. Rep from * to last 6 (3-6-6) sts. P3 (0-3-3). K1. P1. K1.
2nd row: K1. P1. K4 (1-4-4). *P3. K3. Rep from * to last 3 (6-3-3) sts. P0 (3-0-0). K1. P1. K1. Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures 2½ ins [6 cm]. Place a marker at each end of needle on last row. Proceed in (K3. P3) rib pat as follows:
Next row: (RS). K3 (0-3-3). *P3. K3. Rep from * to last 0 (3-0-0) sts. P0 (3-0-0).
Next row: K0 (3-0-0). *P3. K3. Rep from * to last 3 (0-3-3) sts. P3 (0-3-3). Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures same length as Front to beg of armhole shaping, ending with RS facing for next row. Shape armholes: Keeping cont of pat, cast off 7 (4-7-7) sts beg next 2 rows. 79 (91-91-103) sts. Dec 1 st at each end of needle on next 4 rows. 71 (83-83-95) sts. Cont even in pat until armhole measures 6½ (7-8-8½) ins [16.5 (18-20.5-21.5) cm], ending with RS facing for next row. Shoulder shaping: Cast off 10 (12-12-13) sts beg next 2 rows, then cast off 11 (13-13-14) sts beg following 2 rows. Cast off rem 29 (33-33- 41) sts.
 

Sleeves
With 2 strands of yarn, cast on 60 (66-72-72) sts.
Next row: (RS). *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
Next row: *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row. Proceed as follows:
1st row: *K3. P3. Rep from * to end of row. This row forms (K3. P3) ribbing pat. Cont in (K3. P3) ribbing pat, inc 1 st at each end of 5th row, then following 6th row. 64 (70- 76-76) sts, taking inc sts into rib pat. Work 11 rows even. Shape cap: Cast off 4 sts beg next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of next 10 rows. Cast off 3 sts beg next 2 rows. Cast off rem 30 (36-42-42) sts.
 

Finishing
Pin garment pieces to measurements and cover with a damp cloth allowing cloth to dry. Sew shoulder seams. With RS of work facing and 2 strands of yarn, work 1 row of single crochet around neck edge, and front opening (see diagram). With 2 strands of yarn, crochet a chain 36 ins [90 cm] long. Fasten off. Thread through eyelet holes as illustrated. Knot ends. Sew in sleeves. Beg at marked rows at side edges, sew side and sleeve seams.


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I cannot wait to start this. It will be one of the projects for me to keep. I mostly knit and craft for gifts - this will be very special. Love the length, the details of the design and will even do it it red. Yeah! Something for me!

love the longer length of this sweater am not fond of the modern trend to shorter sweaters - they look awkward to my mind. This would look wonderful with dress pants or a skirt and could even stretch to a pair of casual pants or jeans, a real wardrobe stretcher

This is a gorgeous sweater and it cries out to be knit with an all wool yarn. Cable knitting can be complicated so its best to practice with some simple cables first. I love the longer length of this sweater and the side splits, which make it perfect for wearing with a pair of dressy pants.

It seems that "Grace" is made by Patons. At least that was the only maker I could find that refered to the type of yarn described. It comes in skeins of 1.75oz., or 50 gr.. 136 yards, or 125m. Hope this helps. I see the pattern calls for two strands, but I think I will try with just one. I live in Florida, and would love to wear something as beautiful as this, but need it lighter weight than the two stands would give it. I may take the needle size down, so it has a bit more firmness, and that should help. Good luck. I work with the Celtic community, making costumes for Scottish games, and this would be a lovely addition to my stock. Mary

there is no ball size or yardage listed, certainly would be a benefit, instead of having to look up yarn to see what yardage is needed. thank you

Hi bcsawdoc 1396508, Thanks for pointing out the missing information! Please find the updated yardage under "Materials." -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

I would like to knit this sweater but would someone tell me what T5F and T5B and C6F C6B mean I know it means front and back but how many stitches but to put back or front that many stitches I cant figure out

C6B = slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K3, then K3 from cable needle C6F = slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work. K3, then K3 from cable needle T5B = slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K3, then P2 from cable needle T5F = slip next 3 sts onto cable needle and leav at front of work. P2, then K3 from cable needle T4B = slip next st onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K3, then P1 from cable needle all the abbreviations are printed in a list within the pattern for convenience. The numbers within the abbreviation tell you how many stitches to slip and where to keep them until they are needed.

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