knitscene Fall 2018: Natalie Sweater

Do you love to knit cables? Have you, in fact, knitted so many cabled designs that it takes something really special to catch your eye? Pick up a copy of knitscene Fall 2018 immediately; the Unexpected Cables collection comprises eight sweater knitting patterns that will defy your expectations. My personal favorite? The Natalie Sweater by Laura Peters.

This unusually-constructed sweater is knitted side to side in three pieces. First, you’ll knit the sleeves and upper body flat, starting from the right sleeve cuff and working all the way across. Simple braided cables run along each sleeve, giving the look of saddle shoulders without the tricky construction. Then you work two identical bottom pieces which are absolutely covered in gorgeous, complex-looking cables that will challenge and delight any cable lover.

The bottom panels join the upper body right at the bust for a flattering, almost empire-waist effect. Though there is no shaping in this pullover, the horizontal cable bands create the illusion of a waist.

All of the cables are worked against a reverse stockinette backdrop to make the stitchwork really pop. Fair warning: other knitters may stop you to try to interpret (a.k.a. “unvent”) that gorgeous central cable!

The yarn we selected for this project is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted, a yarn with incredible stitch definition that comes in over 100 colors. Made with 100% wool from Peruvian highland sheep, this yarn creates garments that are durable, yet soft enough to wear next to the skin.

Whether you style it with simple leggings or jeans, or whether you decide to dress to the nines in your vintage-inspired best, you’ll love to wear the Natalie Sweater as much as you’ll love knitting it. Start yours today!

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Laura Peters

DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 40″; modeled with 5″ of positive ease.

YARN Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (100% Peruvian highland wool; 110 yd
[101 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #24647 currant,
11 (12, 14, 15, 16, 17) skeins. Yarn distributed by Crafts Group LLC.

NEEDLES Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16″ and
 24″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); cable needle (cn); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

GAUGE 20 sts and 26 rows = 4″ in rev St st; 18 sts of Sleeve chart = 2¼” wide; 16 sts of O Knot chart = 2½”” wide; 48 sts of Cable chart = 6½” wide.

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  1. Anonymous at 10:23 pm August 3, 2018

    What happened to “dorm rooms”? My granddaughter is heading off to college and I was excited to see what I could do for her. The cables are pretty, but not the same!

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