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A chic cowl neck sweater pattern that is oh so sleek and slimming. It's worked from the top down, beginning with a gorgeously lush cabled cowl neck. The braided cable pattern used is deceptively easy to knit, but creates a very eye-catching design.
Then, a bold lace panel embellishes the front of the sweater, bringing the eye up and down for a slimming effect. Shaping along the waist ensures a flattering, and sexy fit.
Shown above with 3/4 length, flared sleeves and generous cabled cuffs. A second version with short cap sleeves, which can be worn as a great layering piece like a vest, is also included in this pattern. (see photo at left and close-up below).
Knit in a soft wool blend called Swish Bulky from Knit Picks.
For the OPTIONAL Top-Down Cardigan Techniques PDF Download, please visit this page. Written instructions are included in this pattern, but the OPTIONAL download may be helpful to some.
Some blog posts on this pattern http://blog.sweaterbabe.com/knitting/90-chic-cowl-neck-sweater/ - if you have questions on this pattern, please check here first.
Finished Knit Measurements: At Bust: 30 ¼ (31 ¾, 36 ¼, 40 ¼, 43 ¾, 48 ¼, 52)" [77 (80.5, 92, 102, 111, 122.5, 132) cm] TO FIT SIZES: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X) or Bust Sizes 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50, 52-54)" [71-76 (81.5-86.5, 91.5-96.5, 101.5-106.5, 112-117, 122-127, 132-137) cm].
Yarn Used: Knit Picks Swish Bulky (100% Superwash Merino Wool); 3.5 oz/100 g [137 yds/125 m] per hank): 7 (7, 9, 9, 10, 10, 11) hanks in Squirrel Heather #23511 for LONGER-SLEEVE VERSION; 5 (5, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) hanks for SHORT-SLEEVE VERSION.
Pattern Gauge: 10 sts = 3" [7.5 cm] and 14 rows = 3" [7.5 cm] in St st on Size 10 ¾ [7 mm] needles.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A bulky weight yarn with a gauge of 3 - 3.75 sts = 1" on US size 10 - 11 needles.
Total Yardage Required: Approximately 959 (959, 1233, 1233, 1370, 1370, 1507) yds [875 (875, 1125, 1125, 1250, 1250, 1375) m] for LONGER-SLEEVE VERSION; 685 (685, 959, 959, 1096, 1096, 1233) yds [625 (625, 875, 875, 1000, 1000, 1125)] for SHORT-SLEEVE VERSION.
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
Elann Lana - Silk/Wool
Elann Peruvian Highland Bulky Wool
Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash
Misti Alpaca Chunky
Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran
Malabrigo Yarn Chunky
Cascade Yarns Venezia Bulky
Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky
Misti Alpaca Tonos Chunky
Lion Brand Alpine Wool B
erroco Vintage™ Chunky
madelinetosh tosh chunky
If you have a yarn substitute to suggest for this project, email us!
Knitting Needles Used: 1 - 24" long circular knitting needle in Size 10 ¾ [7 mm] OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE;
OPTIONAL (If you wish to knit sleeves in the round): 1 set of double pointed needles OR 1 - 12" long circular knitting needle in Size 10 ¾ [7 mm] OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE.
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Posted by Lynette on 4th Jul 2013
THIS IS A MUST FOR NEXT WINTER AND WILL WILL LOOK GREAT WITH JEANS OR FOR WORK. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE FANTASTIC PATTERNS
Posted by Kathy Goldenbogen on 19th May 2013
I love a challenge and this pattern gives me that. I've knitted sweaters from the neck down before, but never any with so much detail.
The only sad thing, is that I had to rebuy the pattern as I had the first one in my computer and unprinted. My computer crashed and took #90 and #128 with it. So I'll eventually have to rebuy #128 also. No matter, they are worth having.
I look forward to the end product.
Posted by Unknown on 27th Jan 2013
I modified this a little to suit my needs, but only because the pattern was so user friendly. Love top down methods in the round,very quick and easy.
Posted by Elisabeth Valev on 24th Nov 2012
The pattern is actually two sweaters,one with sleeves and the other more like a tunic with short sleeves. So great value,..you get two for one,..and also very easy to understand,..even for me who's norwegian. Well written with excellent instructions! If you want to see other projects made, go to ravelry and find the pattern there, then click on projects. I can highly recommend using this pattern,makes a wonderful sweater :-)