Kennedy: The Perfect Cable Knit Sweater

I’ve been writing a lot about fall lately, but I have to—it’s knitting season! And there are so many patterns that scream “Yay, Fall!”—I just have to highlight them.

One of those is the Kennedy sweater. Cables, mock turtleneck (stay with me!), ribbed sleeves, so cozy!

This mock turtleneck isn’t like those from the 90s. Ick. Here, the cables travel all the way up the front of the sweater, ending in a thoroughly fashionable neckline suitable for the 2010s. We call it a funnel neck now—much better!

Cable knitting pattern

Joana’s version of the Kennedy Sweater

This cable knit sweater can be worn with several inches of ease, as shown in the photo below right, or as a more fitted sweater, as shown at left. I think I would make it in a size somewhere in between. I want it to fit well, but not be too form-fitting.

Ravelry user Joana let me use a photo of her beautiful
Kennedy sweater. Hers is a more fitted version, and I like it quite a lot.

Of course, she used a pretty gray color, which is one of my favorites. And the fit is perfect; it looks so lovely on Joana.

Cable knitting pattern

The Kennedy Sweater

Kennedy is written for DK-weight yarn, which I’m glad of, because the sizing only goes up to 47.5″ bust. I need a 52 or 53, so I would swatch this in a worsted- or Aran-weight yarn and see what I get size-wise. I find that knitting a DK pattern in worsted weight and knitting the largest size, if it’s in the 47/48-inch ballpark, gives me the size I need.

To make sure I’m going to get the correct size, I simply make a large swatch, in this case I’d probably knit the first repeat of the cable chart with some of the ribbing on either side, and then measure my gauge. From that I extrapolate the measurements for the bust, waist, and hips to see how many stitches I’ll need for the size I want to make. For a sweater designed with DK yarn, those numbers are usually right around the number for the largest size in the pattern.

I love so much about this pattern. The cables, of course, and the length. It would look very cute with skinny jeans and boots, or even a skirt. Perfect for so many fall activities—leaf peeping, football, soccer, knitting group— whatever the occasion, this sweater is the one.

Get the Kennedy sweater today and start knitting for fall!


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