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Cabled Forest Sweater

The Cabled Forest Sweater is the essential knit sweater pattern for him.This intermediate knitting pattern may take a little more time, but the result is well worth it. Featuring a classic, dark green color in a timeless cable design, the Cabled Forest Sweater is an attractive and slimming garment your husband, boyfriend, brother, father, or best bud is sure to love.

Intermediate

Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm, 7 or 4.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Materials:

  • RED HEART® “Soft Yarn”: 1 ball 9522 Leaf A and 9 (10, 11 11) balls 9523 Dark Leaf B
  • Knitting Needles: 3.75 mm [US 5] and 4.5 mm [US 7]
  • Cable needle
  • yarn needle

 

GAUGE: 27 sts = 4”; 24 rows = 4” in Cable Pattern with larger needles.

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

 

STITCH PATTERN
K1 p1 Rib Pattern (multiple of 2 sts)
Row 1 (right side): * K1, p1; repeat from *
Repeat Row 1 for K1, p1 rib.

Cable Pattern
See Chart.

 

Directions are for size Small; changes for sizes Medium, Large and XLarge are in parentheses
Finished Bust: 43½ (48, 53, 57½)”
Length: 25 (25½, 26, 27)”

 

SWEATER

Back
With smaller needles and A, cast on 146 (162, 178, 194) sts.
Change to B, and work in K1 p1 rib until piece measures 2½” from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.

Change to larger needles, begin Cable Pattern, and work even until piece measures 14½ (14½, 14½, 15)” from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.

Shape Armholes
Bind off 16 (24, 32, 32) sts at beginning of next two rows–114 (114, 114, 130) sts.

Work even until piece measures 24 (24½, 25, 26)” from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.

Shape Shoulders
Bind off 10 (10, 10, 12) sts at beginning of next four rows.
Bind off 10 (10, 10, 14) sts at beginning of next two rows.
Bind off remaining 54 sts for back of neck.

Front
Work same as for Back until piece measures 22 (22½, 23, 24)” from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.

Shape Neck
Next Row (right side): Work across first 46 (46, 46, 54) sts; join a second ball of yarn and bind off center 22 sts, continue pattern as established to end row.

Working both sides at once with separate balls of yarn, bind off 4 sts each neck edge twice, then bind off 2 sts each neck edge twice—34 (34, 34, 42) sts each side.

Dec 1 st each neck edge every row four times—30 (30, 30, 38) sts each side.

Work even until piece measures same as Back to shoulders, ending with a wrong side row.

Shape Shoulders
Same as for Back.

Sleeves (make 2)
With smaller needles and A, cast on 66 sts. Change to B, and work in K1 p1 rib until piece measures 2½” from beginning, ending with a wrong side row.

Change to larger needles, begin Cable Pattern, and inc 1 st each side every other row 8 (17, 24, 32) times, then every fourth row 23 (18, 14, 9) times—128 (136, 142, 148) sts.

Work even until piece measures 24 (24½, 25½, 25)” from beginning, ending with a wrong side row. Bind off.

FINISHING
Sew left shoulder seam.

Neckband
With right side facing, smaller needles, and B, pick up and knit 96 sts around neckline. Work K1 p1 rib until band measures 1”. Change to A, work one more row in rib, then bind off loosely in rib.

Sew right shoulder seam, including side of neckband.

Set in sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams.

 

Cabled Forest Sweater Stitch Key

 

Cabled Forest Sweater Chart 1

Cabled Forest Sweater Chart 2

Cabled Forest Sweater Chart 3

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I think this is a really nice sweater, but in reading through the pattern, I can't see how to continue the cable pattern over the increased stitches, especially for the arms. The picture doesn't show it, so maybe some of the stitches are in plain stockinette? Or maybe I am missing something.

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