Knitting a closed cable knitting pattern


Kissel Hill Dolman

Considering how much I love cables, you’d think I’d have a cabled something on the needles. As I’m going through my projects (remember those resolutions?), I’ve discovered that I have no cable knitting patterns in progress! This must be remedied ASAP, if not on the needles, high up in my queue.

I think I’ve found my pattern, too. It’s the Kissel Hill Dolman from Unexpected Cables by Heather Zoppetti. This book’s subtitle is Feminine Knitted Garments Featuring Modern Cable Knitting. I love that, and it’s true.

I like short-sleeved sweaters because I run hot, and this one would be unique to my wardrobe. It’s knit from side to side in two T-shaped pieces, and the cable panel is the same on the front and back, so I can wow people coming and going! This is a casual piece that packs a punch with its beautiful cable work.

Kissel Hill is designed with “closed cables,” or pretzel cables, which twist and turn on the knitted fabric with seemingly no beginning or end. Here’s Heather to tell you how closed cables are created:


Increases and decreases for closed cables

Working Closed, or “Pretzel” Cables

Some of the most interesting cable knitting patterns appear to spring from nowhere in the fabric, twist around in knots, and then disappear again. These are called closed, or pretzel, cables. Closed cables are especially useful when creating shapes like circles or cables that run sideways.

Kissel Hill uses closed cables across the yoke in both the front and back. To create this magical effect, we start with a dramatic increase in stitches.

Now we have extra stitches to work our cable pattern. At the end, to close the cable we work an equally dramatic decrease in stitches.

At left are the increases and decreases used to add and take away the stitches necessary to knit the closed cable panel in the Kissel Hill Dolman.

The top increase stitch makes 3 stitches from 1 stitch, and the bottom decrease stitch makes 1 stitch from 5. Now you see what I mean about dramatic increases and decreases!

—Heather Zoppetti, from Unexpected Cables

This book is just full of an amazing variety of cable knitting patterns. Here’s a taste of the rest of the fab pieces from Heather:


Clockwise from left: Penryn Pullover, Warwick Tam, Bainbridge Armwarmers, Safe Harbor Cowl, Drumore Socks, Holtwood Vest

As you can see, there are many must-have garments in this book. So many that it was hard for me to choose just one to put in my queue. So I chose two.


Refton Cloche

At left is the Refton Cloche. Heather’s cleverness is really on stage here; she uses a large cable and draws it in to create a ruffle of sorts. LOVE IT.

And since there’s no tight brim, there’s no hat hair. Thanks, Heather!

Heather wants you to be a cable knitting expert like she is, so she recorded a video where she demonstrates all of the cable techniques in her book.

For a short time, when you order the Unexpected Cables Video, you’ll get the Unexpected Cables eBook for free. It’ll magically appear in your cart when you check out!

Take advantage of this super deal while you can—get your Unexpected Cables video-eBook combo today!


P.S. Leave a comment below and tell me about your favorite cable knitting project! Mine was a heavily-cabled vest that I made for my mom.

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