Mae Cabled Tunic

Mae is a stunner of a sweater. Worked from the bottom up, the generous cable panels are knit in a soft neutral tone for season-long wear. You’ll love how effortlessly this project fits into your wardrobe.

 

Skill Level: Advanced

Size: Finished Bust Size 45.5 (49, 53.25, 58.5, 63.5)” to fit bust 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)”

9” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 36”.

Gauge: 18 sts and 27 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st; 23 sts and 27 rows = 4” [10 cm] in body cable pattern after wet blocking

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Cascade Yarn Cascade 220 (100% Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): #8011 Aspen Heather (8 (9, 10, 11, 12) balls).

Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm) straight; US size 8 (5.0 mm) 24” circular

Notions: Markers (6), removable markers (8), stitch holders or waste yarn, cable needle, tapestry needle, row counter (optional).

Abbreviations

prm: place removable marker

rm: removable marker

m: marker

Special Stitches

2/2 RC: Sl next 2 sts to cable needle and place at back of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.

2/2 LC: Sl next 2 sts to cable needle and place at front of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle.

2/2 RPC: Sl next 2 sts to cable needle and place at back of work, k2, then p2 from cable needle.

2/2 LPC: Sl next 2 stes to cable needle and place at front of work, p2, then k2 from cable needle.

4/2 RC: Sl next 2 sts to cable needle and place at back of work, k4, then k2 from cable needle.

4/2 LC: Sl next 4 sts to cable needle and place at front of work, k2, then k4 from cable needle.

4/2 RPC: Sl next 2 sts to cable needle and place at back of work, k4, then p2 from cable needle.

4/2 LPC: Sl next 4 sts to cable needle and place at front of work, p2, then k4 from cable needle.

4/4 CC or 8 stitch custom cable

Sizes 36 (40)“ only

On the rightmost cable of front and back and on the right-hand side sleeve: Sl 4 sts to cable needle and place at back of work, k4, then k4 from cable needle.

On the leftmost cable of front and back and on the left-hand side sleeve: Sl 4 sts to cable needle and hold at front of work, k4, then k4 from cable needle.

Sizes – (-, 44, 48, 52)“ only

Sl 4 sts to cable needle and hold at back of work, k4, then k4 from cable needle.

Main Body (worked between markers on Front and Back)

Row 1 (RS): K4, p4, k4, p6, k8, p6, k4, p4, k4.

Row 2 and all WS rows: Work sts as appear.

Row 3: K4, p4, 2/2 RC, p6, 4/4 CC, p6, 2/2 LC, p4, k4.

Row 5: K4, p4, k4, p6, k8, p6, k4, p4, k4.

Row 7: K4, p4, 2/2 RC, p6, k8, p6, 2/2 LC, p4, k4.

Row 9: K4, p4, k4, p6, k8, p6, k4, p4, k4.

Row 11: K4, p4, 2/2 RC, p6, 4/4 CC, p6, 2/2 LC, p4, k4.

Row 13: K4, p4, k4, p6, k8, p6, k4, p4, k4.

Row 15: K4, p4, 2/2 RC, p4, 4/2 RPC, 4/2 LPC, p4, 2/2 LC, p4, k4.

Row 17: K4, p4, k4, p2, 4/2 RPC, p4, 4/2 LPC, p2, k4, p4, k4.

Row 19: K4, p4, 2/2 RC, 4/2 RC, p8, 4/2 LC, 2/2 LC, p4, k4.

Row 21: K4, p4, k2, 4/2 RC, k2, p8, k2, 4/2 LC, k2, p4, k4.

Row 23: K4, (p4, 4/2 RPC, 4/2 LPC) twice, p4, k4.

Row 25: K4, p2, 4/2 RC, p4, 4/2 LPC, 4/2 RPC, p4, 4/2 LC, p2, k4.

Row 27: K4, 4/2 RC, k2, p6, 4/4 CC, p6, k2, 4/2 LC, k4.

Row 29: K2, 4/2 RPC, k4, p6, k8, p6, k4, 4/2 LPC, k2.

Row 31: 4/2 RPC, p2, 2/2 RC, p6, k8, p6, 2/2 LC, p2, 4/2 LPC.

Rep Rows 1-32 for patt.

Sleeve Pattern (worked between markers)

Row 1 (RS): K4, p6, k8, p6, k4.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Work sts as appear.

Row 3: 2/2 RC, p6, 4/4 CC, p6, 2/2 LC.

Row 5: K4, p6, k8, p6, k4.

Row 7: 2/2 RC, p6, k8, p6, 2/2 LC.

Row 9: K4, p6, k8, p6, k4.

Row 11: 2/2 RC, p6, 4/4 CC, p6, 2/2 LC.

Row 13: K4, p6, k8, p6, k4.

Row 15: 2/2 RC, p4, 4/2 RPC, 4/2 LPC, p4, 2/2 LC.

Row 17: K4, p2, 4/2 RPC, p4, 4/2 LPC, p2, k4.

Row 19: 2/2 RC, 4/2 RC, p8, 4/2 LC, 2/2 LC.

Row 21: K2, 4/2 RC, k2, p8, k2, 4/2 LC, k2.

Row 23: 4/2 RPC, 4/2 LPC, p4, 4/2 RPC, 4/2 LPC.

Row 25: K4, p4, 4/2 LPC, 4/2 RPC, p4, k4.

Row 27: 2/2 RC, p6, 4/4 CC, p6, 2/2 LC.

Row 29: K4, p6, k8, p6, k4.

Row 31: 2/2 RC, p6, k8, p6, 2/2 LC.

Rep Rows 1-32 for patt.

Neckline Transition (rnds between markers)

Size 36 only: P1, p2tog, p2tog tbl, p1, (ssk, k2tog, p2tog tbl, p2tog) 5 times, ssk, k2tog, p1, p2tog, p2tog tbl, p1. (30 sts)

Size 40 only: P1, p2tog, p2tog tbl, p1, (ssk, k2tog, p2tog tbl, p2tog) twice, ssk, k2tog, p2tog tbl, p1, k2, p1, (p2tog, ssk, k2tog, p2tog tbl) twice, p2tog, ssk, k2tog, p1, p2tog, p2tog tbl, p1. (34 sts)

Size 44 only: P1, p2tog, k, k2tog, p1, p2tog, k2, p2tog tbl, p1, ssk, k2tog, p2tog tbl, p2tog, (k1, k2tog, p2tog tbl, p1) twice, ssk, k2tog, (p1, p2tog, ssk, k1) twice, p2tog tbl, p2tog, ssk, k2tog, p1, p2tog, k2, p2tog tbl, p1, ssk, k1, p2tog tbl, p1. (46 sts)

Size 48 only: P2tog tbl, p2tog, ssk, k2tog, p1, p2tog, k2, p2tog tbl, p1, ssk, k2tog, p2tog tbl, p2tog, (k1, k2tog, p2tog tbl, p1) twice, ssk, k2tog, (p1, p2tog, ssk, k1) twice, p2tog tbl, p2tog, ssk, k2tog, p1, p2tog, k2, p2tog tbl, p1, ssk, k2tog, p2tog tbl, p2tog. (46 sts)

Size 52 only: Ssk, k2tog, p2tog tbl, p2tog, ssk, k2tog, p2, k2, p2, 2/2 RPC, k2, p2tog tbl, p2tog, k2, 2/2 LPC, p, p2tog, ssk, k1, p2, k1, k2tog, p2tog tbl, p1, 2/2 RPC, k2, p2tog tbl, p2tog, k2, 2/2 LPC, p2, k2, p2, ssk, k2tog, p2tog tbl, p2tog, ssk, k2tog. (62 sts)

Pattern Notes

Pattern is worked in separate parts in rows from the bottom up and sewn afterwards using mattress stitch for added stability. Charts show right-side rows only. Work sts as appear in WS rows.

Body runs straight without waist shaping.

Sleeves are worked in rows from the hem up without arm crowns and set into drop shoulder openings.

Pattern

Body

Front and Back Hems and Transition into Main Body Pattern

Using a Long-tail Cast On Method with straight needles, CO 128 (136, 156, 168, 180) sts.

Row 1 (RS): *P2 1 (0, 0, 1, 0) times, (k2, p2) 7 (8, 6, 6, 7) times, k4, (p2, k2) 7 (8, 6, 6, 7) times, p2 1 (0, 0, 1, 0) times; rep from * to end.

Row 2 (WS): Work sts as they appear.

Rep Rows 1-2, 4 (4, 5, 5, 5) more times. Reset row counter to zero if you use one.

Setup Row for Cable Pattern (RS): K1 and prm into it to mark end of side seam, *p9 (11, 3, 5, 7) sts, pm, (k2, 2/2 RPC, p2) twice, 2/2 LPC, k4, 2/2 RPC, (p2, 2/2 LPC, k2) twice, pm, p10 (12, 4, 6, 8) sts*, p1; rep from * to * 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) more times, k0 (0, 1, 1, 1) and prm into it to mark end of side seam.

Next Row (WS): Work sts as they appear.

Continue for Front

Next Row: K1, *p to m, work Row 15 (15, 3, 3, 15) of Main Body patt between markers; rep from * 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) times, k0 (0, 1, 1, 1).

Next Row: Work sts as they appear.

Rep last 2 rows 86 (84, 91, 87, 93) more times while working through rows of Main Body patt reps between markers, ending with row 176 (172, 186, 178, 190) on row counter.

 Row 177 (173, 187, 179, 191): K1 and prm into it to mark beg of side seam, p to m, *work next row of Main Body patt, sm, p to m, sm; rep from * to last st, k1 and prm into it to mark beg of side seam.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear.

Rep last 2 rows 7 (9, 10, 14, 16) more times while working through rows of Main Body patt reps between markers, last row being 192 (192, 208, 208, 224) on row counter or row 12 (12, 16, 16, 12) in Main Body patt.

Front Neck Opening

Next Row: Work 52 (54, 58, 62, 68) sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt reps between markers as set and put onto st holder, work next 6 (7, 10, 11, 11) sts as they appear and put onto st holder, BO next 12 (14, 20, 22, 22) sts, work next 6 (7, 10, 11, 11) sts as they appear, work 52 (54, 58, 62, 68) sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt reps between markers. (58 (61, 68, 73, 79) sts)

Right Shoulder

Maintain Main Body patt between markers if possible, but work sts next to neck opening as they appear if there isn´t the right amount of sts left to cross with as pattern/chart prescribes.

Next Row (WS): Work sts as they appear.

Next Row (RS): BO 6 (7, 10, 11, 11) sts, work to end of row as sts appear while maintaining Main Body patt between markers. (52 (54, 58, 62, 68) sts)

Next Row: Work sts as they appear to last 2 sts, p2togtbl. (51 (53, 57, 61, 67) sts)

Next Row: K2togtbl, work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt between markers. (50 (52, 56, 60, 66) sts)

Rep last 2 rows 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) more times. (44 (46, 50, 54, 58) sts)

Next Row (WS): Work sts as they appear.

Next Row (RS): K2togtbl, work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt between markers. (43 (45, 49, 53, 57) sts)

Rep last 2 rows 7 (7, 7, 7, 9) more times. (36 (38, 42, 46, 48) sts)

Prm into k2togtbl st worked on last row.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt reps between markers.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear.

Next Row: K2togtbl, work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt reps between markers. (35 (37, 41, 45, 47) sts)

Rep last 4 rows 3 (3, 2, 3, 2) more times, ending with Row 235 (235, 245, 249, 269) on row counter. (32 (34, 39, 42, 45) sts)

Work 4 (4, 10, 6, 2) rows straight with sts as they appear.

Next Row (WS): BO tightly in patt. Break yarn. (240 (240, 256, 256, 272) rows on counter)

Left Shoulder

Maintain Main Body patt between ms if possible, but work sts next to neck opening as they appear if there isn´t the right amount of sts left to cross with as pattern/chart prescribes.

Rejoin yarn at the beg of the first BO for the neck opening.

Next Row (WS): BO 6 (7, 10, 11, 11) sts, work to end of row as sts appear. (52 (54, 58, 62, 68) sts)

Next Row: Work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt between markers to last 4 sts, k2tog. (51 (53, 57, 61, 67) sts)

Next Row: P2tog, work sts as they appear. (50 (52, 56, 60, 66) sts)

Rep last 2 rows 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) more times. (44 (46, 50, 54, 58) sts)

Next Row: Work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt between markers.

Next Row: P2tog, work sts as they appear. (43 (45, 49, 53, 57) sts)

Rep last 2 rows 7 (7, 7, 7, 9) more times. (36 (38, 42, 46, 48) sts)

Prm into p2tog st worked on last row.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt reps between markers.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt reps between markers.

Next Row: P2tog, work sts as they appear. (35 (37, 41, 45, 47) sts)

Rep last 4 rows 3 (3, 2, 3, 2) more times, ending with row 235 (235, 231, 231, 237) on row counter. 32 (34, 39, 42, 45) sts

Work 5 (5, 11, 7, 3) rows as set.

Next Row (WS): BO tightly in patt. Break yarn. (240 (240, 256, 256, 272) rows on counter)

Back

Work Front and Back Hems and Transition into Main Body Pattern, but without prm into the first and last sts of the transition row.

 Next Row: K1, *p to m, work row 3 (3, 15, 15, 3) of Main Body patt between markers; rep from * 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) times, k0 (0, 1, 1, 1).

Next Row: Work sts as they appear.

Rep last 2 rows 6 (6, 10, 10, 6) more times while working through rows of Main Body patt reps between markers, ending with row 16 (16, 24, 24, 16) on row counter.

Next Row: K1 and prm into it to mark end of side seam, *p to m, work row 15 (15, 3, 3, 15) of Main Body patt between markers; rep from * 1 (1, 2, 2, 2) more times, p to last st, k1 and prm into it to mark end of side seam.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear.

Rep last 2 rows 85 (83, 90, 86, 92) more times while working through rows of Main Body patt reps between markers, ending with row 188 (184, 206, 198, 202) on row counter.

Row 189 (185, 207, 199, 203): K1 and prm into it to mark beg of side seam, p to m, *work next row of Main Body patt, p to m; rep from * to last st, k1 and prm into it to mark beg of side seam.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear.

Rep last 2 rows 24 (26, 27, 31, 33) more times while working through rows of Main Body patt reps between markers, last row being 238 (238, 262, 262, 270) on row counter or row 12 (12, 16, 16, 12) in Main Body patt.

Back Neck Opening

Next Row: Work 38 (40, 46, 48, 52) sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt reps between markers as set and put onto st holder, work next 13 (14, 16, 18, 19) sts as they appear and put onto st holder, BO next 26 (28, 32, 36, 38) sts, work next 3 (14, 16, 18, 19) sts as they appear, work 38 (40, 46, 48, 52) sts as they appear while maintaining main patt reps between markers. (51 (54, 62, 66, 71) sts)

Left Shoulder

Maintain Main Body patt between markers if possible, but work sts next to neck opening as they appear if there isn´t the right amount of sts left to cross with as pattern/chart prescribes.

Next Row (WS): Work sts as they appear.

Next Row: BO 13 (14, 16, 18, 19) sts, work 2 sts as they appear, work to end as sts appear while maintaining Main Body patt between markers. (38 (40, 46, 48, 52) sts)

Next Row: Work sts as they appear to last 2 sts, p2togtbl. (37 (39, 45, 47, 51) sts)

Next row: K2togtbl, work 2 sts as they appear, work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt between markers. (36 (38, 44, 46, 50) sts)

Rep last 2 rows 0 (0, 1, 0, 1) more times. (36 (38, 42, 46, 48) sts)

Prm into k2togtbl st worked during last row.

Next Row (WS): Work sts as they appear.

Next Row: K2togtbl, work 2 sts as they appear, work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt between markers. (35 (37, 41, 45, 47) sts)

Rep last 2 rows 3 (3, 2, 3, 2) more times. 32 (34, 39, 42, 45) sts)

Next Row (WS): BO tightly in patt. Break yarn. (252 (252, 276, 276, 284) rows on counter)

Right Shoulder

Maintain Main Body patt between markers if possible, but work sts next to neck opening as they appear if there isn´t the right amount of sts left to cross with as pattern/chart prescribes. Make sure you match up with the other shoulder.

Rejoin yarn at the beg of the first BO for the neck opening.

Next Row (WS): BO 13 14, 16, 18, 19) sts, work to end of row as sts appear. (38 (40, 46, 48, 52) sts)

Next Row: Work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt between markers to last 4 sts, k2tog. (37 (39, 45, 47, 51) sts)

Next Row: P2tog, work sts as they appear. (36 (38, 44, 46, 50) sts)

Rep last 2 rows 0 (0, 1, 0, 1) more times. (36 (38, 42, 46, 48) sts)

Prm into p2tog st worked during last row.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear while maintaining Main Body patt between markers.

Next Row: P2tog, work sts as they appear. (35 (37, 41, 45, 47)  sts)

Rep last 2 rows 3 (3, 2, 3, 2) more times. (32 (34, 39, 42, 45) sts)

Next Row (WS): BO tightly in patt. Break yarn. (252 (252, 276, 276, 284) rows on counter)

Sleeves (make 2)

Cuff

CO 38 (42, 42, 46, 50) sts.

Row 1 (RS): (K1, p2) 0 (1, 1, 0, 1) time, p1 1 (0, 0, 1, 0) times, (k2, p2) 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) times, k4, (p2, k2) 4 (4, 4, 5, 5) times, p1 1 (0, 0, 1, 0) times, (p2, k1) 0 (1, 1, 0, 1) times.

Row 2: Work sts as they appear.

Rep last 2 rows 4 (4, 5, 5, 5) more times.

Transition Row: (K1, p2) 0 (1, 1, 0, 1) times, p1 1 (0, 0, 1, 0) times, (k2, p2) 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) times, pm, k2, 2/2 RPC, p2, 2/2 LPC, k4, 2/2 RPC, p2, 2/2 LPC, k2, pm, (p2, k2) 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) times, p1 1 (0, 0, 1, 0) times, (p2, k1) 0 (1, 1, 0, 1) times.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear. Reset row counter to zero.

Sleeves

Row 1 (RS): P1, M1 p-st, p to m, work row 1 of Sleeve Pattern between markers, p to last st, M1 p-st, p1. (40 (44, 44, 48, 52) sts)

Row 2 (WS): Work sts as they appear.

Rep last 2 rows 0 (0, 1, 6, 8) more times while working through rows of Sleeve Pattern reps between markers, ending in row 2 (2, 4, 14, 18). (40 (44, 46, 60, 66) sts)

Next Row: P to m, work next row of Sleeve Pattern between markers, p to end.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear.

Rep last 4 rows, 18 (19, 23, 21, 20) more times while working through rows of Sleeve Pattern reps be ms, ending with row 76 (80, 100, 102, 102). (76 (82, 94, 104, 108) sts)

Sizes 36 (40, -, -, -)“ only

Next Row: P to m, work next row of Sleeve Pattern between markers, p to end.

Next Row: Work sts as they appear.

Rep last 6 rows 4 (3, -, -, -) more times while working through rows of Sleeve Pattern reps between markers, ending with row 106 (104). (86 (90, -, -, -) sts)

All Sizes

Work 29 (23, 25, 7, 3) more rows as set, ending with row 116 (114, 110, 112, 112) on row counter.

Next Row: BO as sts appear.

Join Front and Back

Close shoulder seams of Front and Back using mattress st while matching k and p sts of both pieces with each other.

Set in Sleeves between rms at bust height at the outer edges of Front and Back.

Close side seams using mattress st while matching upper and lower rms at the outer edges of Front and Back.

Close Sleeve seams using mattress st.

Neckline

Using a cn and starting at the rm placed in Back at Left Shoulder, *pick up and k18 (18, 18, 18, 6) sts to next rm, pick up and k56 (60, 72, 76, 84) sts over front to next rm; rep from *. (148 (156, 180, 188, 180) sts)

Sizes 36 (40, 44, 48, -)“ only

Rnd 1: *(K2, p2) twice, p2, (p2, k2) twice, work Neckline Transition rnd for desired size to m; rep from *.

Rnd 2: Work sts as they appear.

Rep Rnd 2, 4 (4, 5, 5, 5) more times.

Size 52“ only

Rnd 1: *(P2, k2, p2) to m, work Neckline Transition rnd for Size 52 to m; rep from *.

Rnd 2: Work sts as they appear.

Rep Rnd 2, 4 (4, 5, 5, 5) more times.

All Sizes

Next Rnd: BO as usual, knitting the k sts, but using p2togs for all the paired purl sts to diminsh the amount of sts to pass over each other. This will make sure your neckline lies flat.

Finishing

Soak in lukewarm water with detergent, rinse until clear, let dry flat.

Weave in all ends.

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