Plum Cable Pullover

The Plum Cable Pullover is a form-fitting pullover with cables down the front and back and ribbing along the sides. Perfect for colder weather, this wine-hued sweater will keep you warm and stylish all season long.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished bust circumference = 32 (33 1/2, 35 1/4, 38 1/2, 41 1/2, 46 1/2, 51 1/4, 56, 59 1/4)” / 81.5 (85, 89.5, 98, 105.5, 118, 130, 142, 150.5) cm; Garment should be worn with 1-3” of positive ease. Sample shown in size 33 1/2” / 85 cm

Gauge: 20 sts and 32 rnds = 4” [10 cm] in ribbing and Irish Moss stitch, lightly blocked; One Cable Rep = 1” across x 1” high

Materials

Yarn:

Light weight yarn Knit Picks Capra (85% merino wool, 15% cashmere; 123 yards [112 meters]/50 grams): #25573 Regal (9 (9, 10, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16) balls)
Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) 29” circular needles and dpns
Notions: Cable needle, markers (8), scarp yarn or stitch holders, spare dpns

Abbreviations

3/3 LS: Slip 3 sts to cable needle, place in front; k3, k3 from cable needle.
3/3 RS: Slip 3 sts to cable needle, place in back; k3, k3 from cable needle.
M1L(k): With left needle, lift strand between needles from front to back. Knit lifted loop through the back to twist stitch (left leaning increase).
M1L(p): With left needle, lift strand between needles from front to back. Purl lifted loop through the back to twist stitch (left leaning increase).
M1R(k): With left needle, lift strand between needles from back to front. Knit lifted loop through the front to twist stitch (right leaning increase).
M1R(p): With left needle, lift strand between needles from back to front. Purl lifted loop through the front to twist stitch (right leaning increase).

Special Stitches

Irish Moss Stitch Pattern

(Even sts over 4 rnds)
Rnds 1-2: K1, P1.
Rnds 3-4: P1, K1.
Rep Rnds 1-4 for patt.

3/3 LS Cable Stitch Pattern

(6 sts over 8 rnds)
Rnds 1-4: K6.
Rnd 5: 3/3 LS.
Rnds 6-8: K6.
Rep Rnds 1-8 for patt.

3/3 LS Cable Stitch Pattern

(6 sts over 8 rows)
Row 1: K6.
Row 2: P6.
Rows 3-4: Rep Rows 1-2.
Row 5: 3/3 LS.
Row 6: Rep Row 2.
Rows 7-8: Rep Rows 1-2.
Rep Rows 1-8 for patt.

3/3 RS Cable Stitch Pattern

(6 sts over 8 rnds)
Rnds 1-4: K6.
Rnd 5: 3/3 RS.
Rnds 6-8: K6.
Rep Rnds 1-8 for patt.

3/3 RS Cable Stitch Pattern

(6 sts over 8 rows)
Row 1: K6.
Row 2: P6.
Rows 3-4: Rep Rows 1-2.
Row 5: 3/3 RS.
Row 6: Rep Row 2.
Rows 7-8: Rep Rows 1-2.
Rep Rows 1-8 for patt.

Pattern Notes

Pullover is worked in one piece from the bottom up to the armholes; the front and back are then worked separately back and forth. Shoulders are seamed together and the sleeves are worked top down. The sleeve cap is shaped with short rows back and forth before joining to work in the rnd.

Pattern

Body

CO 172 (180, 188, 204, 220, 244, 268, 292, 308) sts, place beg of rnd m and join to work in the rnd.
Set-up Rnd: Work Irish Moss for 24 (26, 26, 30, 32, 36, 40, 44, 46) sts, p1, pm; k6, p1, k2, pm; *p2, k2, rep from * over next 16 (16, 20, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40) sts, p2, pm; k2, p1, k6, pm, p1, work Irish Moss for 48 (52, 52, 60, 64, 72, 80, 88, 92) sts, p1, pm; k6, p1, k2, pm; *p2, k2, rep from * over next 16 (16, 20, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40) sts), p2, pm; k2, p1, k6, pm; p1, work Irish Moss for 24 (26, 26, 30, 32, 36, 40, 44, 46) sts. Work in patt for 8 rnds.

Begin Cable patt

[Cont Irish Moss to m, sl m, work 3/3 RS Cable, p1, k2, sl m, cont rib patt to m, sl m, k2, p1, work 3/3 LS Cable, sl m] twice, cont Irish Moss to end of rnd.
Work Rnds 1-8 of of 3/3 RS and 3/3 LS Cable 9 (9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10) times total.

Begin Cable Slant

Note: The purl decreases (ssp and p2tog) occur before and after the Irish Moss panels. At the same time, the M1 increases occur before and after the 2×2 rib panels. To maintain the 2×2 rib patt: M1L(k) and M1R(k) are in the Rnds 1-4, followed by M1L(p) and M1R(p) are in Rnds 5-8.
Rnd 1: [Cont Irish Moss to 2 sts before m, ssp, sl m, cont 3/3 RS Cable, p1, k2, sl m, M1L(k), cont rib patt to m, M1R(k), sl m, k2, p1, cont 3/3 LS Cable, sl m, p2tog] twice; work to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: [Cont Irish Moss to m, sl m, cont 3/3 RS Cable, p1, k2, sl m, k1, cont rib patt to 1 st before m, k1, sl m, k2, p1, cont 3/3 LS Cable, sl m] twice; work to end of rnd.
Rnd 3: Rep Rnd 1.
Rnd 4: [Cont Irish Moss to m, sl m, cont 3/3 RS Cable, p1, k2, sl m, cont rib patt to m, sl m, k2, p1, cont 3/3 LS Cable, sl m] twice; work to end of rnd.
Rnd 5: [Cont Irish Moss to 2 sts before m, ssp, sl m, cont 3/3 RS Cable, p1, k2, sl m, M1L(p), cont patt to m, M1R(p), sl m, k2, p1, cont 3/3 LS Cable, sl m, p2tog] twice; work to end of rnd.
Rnd 6: [Cont Irish Moss to m, sl m, cont 3/3 RS Cable, p1, k2, sl m, p1, cont rib patt to 1 st before m, p1, sl m, k2, p1, cont 3/3 LS Cable, sl m] twice; work to end of rnd.
Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 5.
Rnd 8: Rep Rnd 4.
Work Rnds 1-8 of Cable Slant 4 more times.
Next rnd: [Cont Irish Moss to m, sl m, work k6, p1, k2, sl m, cont rib patt to m, sl m, k2, p1, k6, sl m] twice, cont Irish Moss to end of rnd. Work even until body measures 15 (14 3/4, 14 1/2, 15 1/4, 14 3/4, 14 1/2, 15, 15 1/2, 16)” / 38 (37.5, 37, 38.5, 37.5, 37, 38, 39.5, 40.5) cm.

Armhole Division

Place 86 (90, 94, 102, 110, 122, 134, 146, 154) sts on a holder for the front—86 (90, 94, 102, 110, 122, 134, 146, 154) back sts on needle. Remove m.

Back – Shape Armholes

Cont in patt, BO 6 (7, 7, 9, 10, 12, 9, 10, 11) sts at beg of next 2 rows. BO 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 6, 5, 5, 6) sts at the beg of next 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 4, 4, 4) row(s). (74 (76, 80, 84, 90, 86, 96, 106, 108) sts)
Armhole Dec Row (RS): K2, ssk, cont in patt to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. (2 sts dec)
Cont in patt, work Armhole Dec Row on each RS row 5 (5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 8, 11, 10) more times. (62 (64, 66, 68, 70, 74, 78, 82, 86) sts)
Cont in patt until armhole measures 7 (7 1/4, 7 1/2, 7 3/4, 8 1/4, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2, 10)” / 18 (18.5, 19, 19.5, 21, 21.5, 23, 24, 25.5) cm, ending with a WS row.

Shape Back Neck

On the RS, cont in patt for 18 (18, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 24, 24) sts, drop yarn and place these sts for the right shoulder on holder. Join 2nd ball of yarn and BO 26 (28, 30, 30, 30, 30, 30, 34, 38) sts, sl1p, cont in patt to end of row. (18 (18, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 24, 24) sts for left shoulder)

Shape Left Back Shoulder

Next Row (WS): Work even.
Short Row 1 (RS): Sl1p, work 11 (11, 11, 11, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15) sts, wrap next stitch and turn.
Short Row 2 (WS): Work even.
Short Row 3: Sl1p, work 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) sts, wrap next stitch and turn.
Short Row 4: Work even.
Short Row 5: Sl1p, work to end, pick up wraps and work them together with their wrapped sts.
Short Row 6: Work even.
Place shoulder sts on holder leaving a 30” / 76 cm tail.

Shape Right Back Shoulder

Transfer right shoulder sts to needle, ready to work a WS row. Work 1 WS row.
Row 1 (RS): Work even.
Short Row 2 (WS): Sl1p, work 11 (11, 11, 11, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15) sts, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 3: Work even.
Short Row 4: Sl1p, work 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) sts, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 5: Work even.
Row 6: Sl1p, work to end, pick up wraps and work them together with their wrapped sts. Place shoulder sts on holders leaving a 30” / 76cm tail.

Front

Note: Left and Right fronts will be divided before armhole shaping is completed. After the division, neck shaping will begin. Please read ahead.
With RS up, Transfer 86 (90, 94, 102, 110, 122, 134, 146, 154) front sts to needle, ready to work RS. Join yarn. BO 6 (7, 7, 9, 10, 12, 9, 10, 11) sts at beg of next 2 rows. BO 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 6, 5, 5, 6) sts at the beg next 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 4, 4, 4) row(s).
Armhole Dec Row (RS): K2, ssk, cont in patt. (1 st dec)
Cont in patt, work Armhole Dec Row on each RS row 5 (5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 8, 11, 10) more times. Cont in patt until armhole measures 2 3/4 (2 3/4, 3, 3 1/4, 3 3/4, 3 1/2, 4, 4 1/4, 4 3/4)” / 7 (7, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 9, 10, 11, 12) cm, ending with a WS row.

Division of Fronts

Divide remaining sts in half, placing last half on holder for right front. Left front sts remain on needle. Begin neck shaping AT THE SAME TIME as armhole shaping.

Shape Left Front Armhole and Neck

Left Neck Shaping Row (RS): Cont in patt to 3 sts, k2tog, k1, p1. (1 st dec)
Next row (WS): Sl1p, p2, cont rib patt. Rep last 2 rows until 18 (18, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 24, 24) sts for shoulder. Cont in patt until armhole measures 7 (7 1/4, 7 1/2, 7 3/4, 8 1/4, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2, 10)” / 18 (18.5, 19, 19.5, 21, 21.5, 23, 24, 25.5) cm, ending with a WS row.

Shape Left Shoulder

Row 1 (RS): Work even.
Short Row 2 (WS): Sl1p, work 11 (11, 11, 11, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15) sts, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 3: Work even.
Short Row 4: Sl1p, work 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) sts, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 5: Work even.
Row 6: Sl1p, work to end, pick up wraps and work them together with their wrapped sts. Work 2 rows. Place shoulder sts on holders leaving a 30” / 76cm tail.

Shape Right Front Armhole and Neck

Transfer right front sts to needle, ready to work on RS. Join yarn. While cont with Armhole dec, begin Neck Shaping Row (RS): Sl1p, k1, ssk, cont in patt. (1 st dec)
Next row (WS): Cont rib patt to last st, k1. Cont Neck Shaping Row until 18 (18, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 24, 24) sts for shoulder. Cont in patt until armhole measures 7 (7 1/4, 7 1/2, 7 3/4, 8 1/4, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2, 10)” / 18 (18.5, 19, 19.5, 21, 21.5, 23, 24, 25.5) cm, ending with a WS row.

Shape Right Shoulder

Row 1 (RS): Work even.
Short Row 2 (WS): Sl1p, work 11 (11, 11, 11, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15) sts, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 3: Work to end.
Short Row 4: Sl1p, work 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) sts, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 5: Work to end.
Row 6: Sl1p, work to end, pick up wraps and work them together with their wrapped sts. Work 2 rows. Place shoulder sts on holders leaving a 30” / 76cm tail.

Sleeves

Transfer right front and right back shoulder sts to separate needles. With RS facing, seam with 3-needle BO. 

Right Sleeve

With RS facing and beg at the center of underarm, PU 64 (66, 70, 74, 76, 84, 96, 102, 108) sts and place beg of rnd m.

Shape Sleeve Cap (Worked Flat)

Short Row 1 (RS): K28 (29, 31, 33, 34, 38, 44, 47, 50), pm, p1, k6, p1, k4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11), wrap next st and turn.
Short Row 2 (WS): P4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11), k1, p6, k1, p4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11), wrap next st and turn.
Short Row 3: Knit to m, sl m, p1, work 3/3 LS Cable over 6 sts, p1, knit to wrapped st, knit wrap with wrapped st, k1, wrap next st and turn.
Short Row 4: Work St st and Cable patts as established to wrapped st, purl wrap with wrapped st, p1, wrap next st and turn.
Short Rows 5-6: Rep Rows 3-4.
Short Row 7: Work to wrapped st, knit wrap with wrapped st, wrap next st and turn.
Short Row 8: Work to wrapped st, purl wrap with wrapped st, wrap next st and turn.
Rep last 2 rows 8 (7, 9, 9, 10, 10, 13, 14, 15) more times. Remove m except for beg of rnd m.
Next row (RS): Knit to m, knit wrap with wrapped st. Begin to work in the rnd.
Next rnd: Knit to wrapped st, knit wrap with wrapped st, work to end. Work even for 6 rnds.
Sleeve Dec Rnd: Ssk, work to last to 2 sts, k2tog. (2 sts dec)
Work Sleeve Dec Rnd every 12 (14, 11, 11, 13, 10, 7, 6, 5)th rnd 8 (7, 9, 9, 8, 12, 18, 19, 22) more times. (46 (50, 50, 54, 58, 58, 58, 62, 62) sts. 19 (21, 21, 23, 25, 25, 25, 27, 27) sts before and after Cable patt)
Work even until sleeve measures 14 (14, 14 1/2, 14 3/4, 15 1/4, 16 3/4, 17 1/2, 17 1/2, 17 1/2)” / 35.5 (35.5, 37, 37.5, 38.5, 42.5, 44.5, 44.5, 44.5) cm. Remove m, k19 (21, 21, 23, 25, 25, 25, 27, 27), place beg of rnd m, cont 3/3 LS Cable, *k2, p2, rep from * to 2 sts, k2. Cont in Cable and rib patts until sleeve measures 18 (18, 18 1/2, 18 3/4, 19 1/4, 20 3/4, 21 1/2, 21 1/2, 21 1/2)” / 45.5 (45.5, 47, 47.5, 49, 52.5, 54.5, 54.5, 54.5) cm. BO loosely in patt.

Left Sleeve

Transfer left front and left back shoulder sts to separate needles. With RS facing, BO with 3-needle BO. Rep directions for right sleeve using the 3/3 RS Cable.

Finishing

Weave in ends and block to measurements.

Charts

Read from bottom up. When working in the rnd, all rnds are read from right to left. When working flat, RS rows are read from right to left and WS rows from left to right. yarn ball

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