Pattern: how to make a sweater with cable bobble stitch for Sweater Day

from Annalisa Chelli - 4 February 2019
Annalisa Chelli

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
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Annalisa Chelli

We’re back: and an all-new exclusive pattern by Knitting For Breakfast, our cherised collaborators, is now available! Piuma has been chosen once again, but you can use any type of wintery yarn from our collection. It’s a top down sweater with cable bobble stitch, what else on Sweater Day?! It’s got long cuffs (so long that they can be folded over, making the sleeve shorter), high neck, and a gorgeous pattern on the front, giving the sweater a touch of originality.

knitted cable sweater tutorial

I know you can wait to get started, so on we go to the tutorial for the sweater with cable bobble stitch.

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How to make a sweater with cable bobble stitch

This type of sweater is worked in the round using circular needles, from top to bottom. It’s worked as one piece so it’s got the added benefit of being seamless. The stitches are gradually increased from the neck over to the sleeves, which are left hanging to be picked up later on.

Materials
Piuma yarn col. Ireland:
Size S: 500 g. / 17,63 oz
Size M: 600 g. / 21,16 oz
Size L: 700 g. / 24,6918 oz
8mm Circular needles
40, 60 and 100cm cables
6 stitch markers

SAMPLE (tension): 10x10cm of the stockinette stitch worked in the round with 8mm needles

11 stitches X 18 rows

Sizes S – M – L

Relaxed fit

Size of the completed garment, size M:
Bust 115cm
Total height 53cm
Height from underarm 28cm
Neck opening 22cm
Sleeve length from the top part 22cm
Sleeve length from the underarm 35cm

Stitches used:
Knit
Purl
Rib 1/1= all the rounds knit 1 and purl 1 to the end of the round
Hazlenut= work 5 stitches in 1 (knit 1, knit 1 through the back of the loop, knit 1, knit 1 through the back of the loop, knit 1), turn the work over and purl 5, turn it over and knit 5, turn it over and purl 5, turn it over again and knit 5. Now pass over 4 stitches starting from the second stitch of the right needle.
RC = Right cable
LC = Left cable
Right cable (4/4 RC)= cross 8 stitches to the right= leave 4 stitches on hold on a cable needle hold in back, knit 4, knit the 4 stitches on hold
Left cable (4/4 LC)=cross 8 stitches to the left = leave 4 stitches on hold on a cable needle hold in front, knit 4, knit the 4 stitches on hold
Decrease: knit 2 together

Increase: kfb is advised, working (without dropping) 2 stitches in the same stitch, knit the first one and the second through the back of the loop.

piuma yarn 100% merino wool

Chart with pattern for sweater with cable bobble stitch:

Key

Here’s what to do next to make the sweater with cable bobble stitch

All the sizes S (M, L)

Using no.8 mm needles cast on 48 stitches, place the start of round stitch marker and bind off in the round.

Rib stitch 1/1 the first 20 rounds in the following way:

Knit 1, purl 1 repeat to the end of the round.

In round 21 place the 3 stitch markers for the increases like so: stitch marker for the start of round, knit 4, place stitch marker, knit 21, place stitch marker, knit 4, place stitch marker, knit 19.

At this point the increases are begun to shape the sleeves, the front and the back of the sweater. The increases are always done before and after each stitch marker. (apart from the two stitch markers for the central motif which we’ll place later)

Round 22: proceed like so: increase 1, knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker, increase 1, (pass the stitch marker), increase 1, knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker, increase 1 (pass the stitch marker), increase 1, knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker, increase 1 (pass the stitch marker) increase 1, knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker of the start of round, increase 1. (= 8 stitches increased in all)

Round 23: knit all

Round 24: as round 22 (8 stitches increased)

In round 25 2 stitch markers will be placed to mark off the central motif.

Within these stitch markers the CHART is to be followed (from right to left and from the bottom to the top).

It’s best to choose a different colour of stitch markers to the ones for the increases as to not get them mixed up.

Then go on to place the stitch markers like this: knit 8, (pass stitch marker) knit 1, place the stitch marker for the central motif, follow the CHART (for 23 stitches), place the second stitch marker for the central motif, knit 1, (pass stitch marker) knit 8, (pass stitch marker) knit 23.

(64 stitches on the needles)

Round 26: increase 1, knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker, increase 1, (pass stitch marker), increase 1, knit until the stitch marker of the central motif, follow the CHART for 23 stitches, (pass the stitch marker for the central motif) knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker, increase 1 (pass stitch marker), increase 1, knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker, increase 1, (pass the stitch marker), increase 1, knit until 1 stitch before the stitch marker of the start round, increase 1. (8 increased stitches in all)

Round 27: knit all stitches apart from the 23 stitches marked off by the two stitch markers of the central motif/CHART

SIZE S:
Repeat rounds 26 and 27 another 20 times
(232 stitches in total on the needles)

SIZE M:
Repeat rounds 26 and 27 another 21 times
(240 stitches in total on the needles)

SIZE L:
Repeat rounds 26 and 27 another 23 times
(256 stitches on the needles in total)

In the next round leave the sleeves hanging like this:

SIZE S:
Leave 50 stitches hanging (first sleeve) knit 22, follow the chart for 22 stitches, knit 23, leave the next 50 stitches hanging (second sleeve) and knit 65.

SIZE M:
Leave 52 stitches hanging (first sleeve) knit 23, follow the chart for 23 stitches, knit 23, leave the next 52 stitches hanging (second sleeve) and knit 67.

SIZE L:
Leave 56 stitches hanging (first sleeve) knit 25, follow the chart for 23 stitches, knit 25, leave the next 56 stitches hanging (second sleeve) knit 71.

Note: take away the three stitch markers for the increases, keeping only the one for the start of the round and the two for the central motif-

Now start working on the body of the sweater, on the needles there are 132 stitches for size S, 136 stitches for size M and 144 stitches for size L in total

(for convenience the rounds will start from number 1)

Round 1: knit all the stitches apart from the 23 marked off by the two stitch markers for the central motif/CHART

SIZES S and M
Repeat round 1 for another 32 rounds.

Size L
Repeat round 1 for another 38 rounds.

Next round: take away the central stitch markers. The CHART won’t be followed anymore.

Knit and arrange the 8 decreases evenly.

Rib stitch 1/1 the last 11 rounds.

Bind off loosely.

How to make the sleeves of the sweater with cable bobble stitch (x2)

For convenience the rounds will start from number 1

All sizes S (M,L):

Pick up on the needles the 50 (52,56) stitches left hanging previously and start working the sleeves like so:

Knit the first 3 rounds.

Round 4: knit all the stitches and decrease 4 stitches.

Rounds 5 to 7: knit another 3 rounds.

Round 8: knit all the stitches and decrease 2 stitches.

Repeat rows 5 to 8 another 3 times.

Next round: knit all the stitches and decrease 8 stitches evenly.

There will be 30 (32,36) stitches on the needles.

Rib stitch 1/1 the last 25 rounds.

Bind off loosely.

Repeat everything for the other sleeve.

Sew up under the sleeves, weave in all the loose threads, wash and block the garment.

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