Blackberry Cowl Sweater

When the great outdoors is calling your name, pull on this magnificent cowl sweater to stay warm and fabulous. The design was inspired by Japanese culture and a modern style, combining asymmetry, cables, and lightweight yarn for a must-have addition to your fall wardrobe.

Skill Level: Advanced

Size: Finished Bust Size 35 (39, 43, 47, 51)” to fit bust 31 (35 (39, 43, 47)”

4” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 39”

Gauge: 17 sts and 24 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st with smaller needles after wet blocking

22 sts and 26 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Cable pattern with larger needles after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn:

Medium weight yarn Garnstudio Drops Air (70% Alpaca, 23% Polyamide, 7% Wool; 164 yards [150 meters]/50 grams): #14 Heather, 9 (10, 11, 12, 13) balls

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm): 24″, 32″ or 40″ circular; US size 8 (5 mm): 24″, 32″ or 40″ circular

Notions: Markers; cable needle (cn); tapestry needle; stitch holders or waste yarn

Abbreviations

LN – left needle

Special Stitches

C4B – Sl2 sts on CN and hold to back of work, k2 from LN, k2 from CN.

C4F – Sl2 sts on CN and hold in front of work, k2 from LN, k2 from CN.

C4BPP – Sl2 sts on CN and hold to back of work, k2 from LN, p2 from CN.

C4FPP – Sl2 sts on CN and hold in front of work, p2 from LN, k2 from CN.

Pattern Notes

The sweater is worked from bottom up in the round to armholes. Upper Front and Back are worked separately to shoulders. The cowl is worked in the round. Sleeves are picked up along the armhole edges and worked in St st to cuffs.

The chart provides RS and WS rows instructions, but only RS of the fabric is shown. At Rows 16, 22, and 26, the cables are worked between 2 chart repeats.

Pattern

Body

With smaller needles, CO 160 (176, 192, 208, 224) sts, join to work in rnd, being careful not to twist the sts. PM for beg rnd.

Rib Rnd: p1, *k2, p2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, p1.

Rep Rib Rnd until rib meas 3′′ / [7.6 cm].

Switch to larger needles.

Set-up Rnd: *Pfb, k2, p2, (k2, p1, pfb) twice, k2, pfb; rep from * around – 200 (220, 240, 260, 280) sts.

Rnd 1: *Work Chart A; rep from * around.

Cont in patt until piece meas 17¾ (18, 18¼, 18¼, 19)′′ / [45 (46, 47, 47, 48) cm], ending with an odd chart row.

Divide Front and Back

Armholes

Set-up Row 1 (RS): CO 1, SM, work corresponding row of Chart B (C, B, C, B) over next 100 (110, 120, 130, 140) sts, PM, CO 1, place rem unworked 100 (110, 120, 130, 140) sts for Back on stitch holder, turn work, ready to work a WS row – 102 (112, 122, 132, 142) sts.

Set-up Row 2 (WS): Work in patt to end, slipping markers.

Note: No further mention of markers will be made, as they always should be slipped unless otherwise stated.

Front

Row 1 (RS): K1, work in patt to last st, p1.

Row 2 (WS): Work in patt to end.

Rep last 2 rows until Armhole meas 7 (7¾, 8½, 9½, 9¾)” / [18 (20, 22, 24, 25) cm], ending with WS row.

Note: Make note of the last row worked as the Back must be worked to the same row.

Shoulder Shaping

Short Row 1 (RS): Work in patt to last 10 sts, W&T.

Short Row 2 (WS): Work in patt to end.

Short Row 3: Work in patt to 10 sts before wrapped st, W&T.

Short Row 4: Rep Short Row 2.

Rep last 2 rows once more.

Next Row 1 (RS): BO 1, work in patt over next 60 (80, 80, 100, 100) sts, PM (contrast marker), p to end.

Next Row 2 (WS): BO in k to contrast marker, work in patt to end.

Do not break yarn. Put Front aside.

Back

With RS facing, ready to work Back. Slip live sts to larger needles.

Row 1 (RS): CO 1, PM, work corresponding row Chart D (E, D, E, D), SM, CO 1 – 102 (112, 122, 132, 142) sts.

Row 2 (WS): Work sts as they appear to end, slipping markers.

Row 3: K1, work in patt to last st, p1

Rep last 2 rows until Back meas same as Front, ending with the same row as for Front.

Work 1 RS row.

Shoulder Shaping

Short Row 1 (WS): work in patt to last 10 sts, W&T.

Short Row 2 (RS): work in patt to end.

Short Row 3: work in patt to 10 sts before wrapped st, W&T.

Short Row 4: Rep Short Row 2.

Rep last 2 rows once more.

Next Row (WS): BO 1, work in patt over next 60 (80, 80, 100, 100) sts, BO in knit rem Right Shoulder sts.

Cowl

Note: Due to difference in Armhole lengths, the one which is not joined needs to be sewn down for approx. 2″ / [5 cm] using tapestry needle. Go on as follows:

With RS facing, work 60 (80, 80, 100, 100) Front Cowl sts in corresponding row Chart A, PM, work 60 (80, 80, 100, 100) Back Cowl sts in corresponding row Chart A, PM for beg rnd.

Work in patt as est for 56 rows.

Switch to smaller needles.

Work in St st for 9” / [23 cm].

BO all sts.

Sleeves

Sew shoulder seam.

With smaller needles and RS facing, beg at center armhole, evenly pick up and k58 (64, 68, 72, 78) sts. Join to work in rnd, PM for beg rnd.

Knit 5 rnds.

Dec Rnd: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 – 2 sts dec’d.

Work in St st until Sleeve meas 15¾ (16, 16½, 1616½17)” / [40 (41, 42, 42, 43) cm] or desired length less 2” / [5 cm], AT THE SAME TIME work Dec Rnd every 8 (8, 7, 7, 6) rnd until 36 (40, 40, 44, 44) sts rem.

Next Rnd: *K2, p2; rep from * to end.

Rep last rnd for 2” / [5 cm].

BO all sts in rib.

Rep for 2nd Sleeve.

Finishing

Weave in the ends. Wet block to measurements.

Measurements:

Size                 XS                   S                       M                        L                      XL

A (cm)             90                   100                 110                  120                  130

    (in)              35                    39                    43                    47                    51

B (cm)             54                    72                    72                    90                    90

    (in)              20                    29                    29                    36¼                 36¼

C (cm)             20                    16                    20                    16                    20

    (in)              7¾                   6¼                   7¾                   6¼                   7¾

D (cm)             18                    20                    22                    24                    25

    (in)              7                      7¾                   8 1/2                9½                   9¾

E (cm)             46                    46                    46                    46                    46

    (in)              18                    18                    18                    18                    18

F (cm)             34                    38                    40                    44                    46

   (in)               13½                 15                    15¾                 17¼                 18

G (cm)             22                    24                    25                    26                    26

    (in)              8½                   9½                   10                    10¼                 10¼

H (cm)             45                    46                    47                    47                    48

    (in)              17¾                 18                    18¼                 18¼                 19

 

Schematics:

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