Cable Guy by Heather Dixon
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Cable Guy

November 2007
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
15.5 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch with larger needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1440 - 1728 yards (1317 - 1580 m)

PLEASE NOTE: This pattern was edited for the book making the directions for attaching the sleeves and body quite confusing. Take a look at the notes of those who have finished knitting this sweater successfully.
Later patterns by this designer, which have not been edited for a book, are much clearer and easy to follow. Do not let this pattern scare you away from any Army of Knitters patterns.

Pattern Description from Son of Stitch ‘n Bitch: “I’m a big cable fan - I love the effects one can achieve by simply switching the order of stitches. Since no one ever told me that working cables was difficult, I attempted the technique without fear at a very early age, and have loved them eve since. For me, the wider I can make the cable, the more dramatic the effect. In this sweater I’ve used oversized, loosely twisted cables to create a manly and post-modern take on the traditional fisherman’s sweater. Knit in the round and done up in a luxurious blend of cream-colored alpaca, silk, and super-soft merino wool, it looks classically rugged enough to suit the Ernest Hemingway in your life, yet is gentle enough for his sensitive side.”


  • S (M, L, XL, XXL)
  • Finished chest: 42 (46, 50, 54, 58)“
  • Finished length: 22 (24¼, 24¾, 25, 27½)“


  • Knit Picks Andean Silk (55% alpaca, 23% silk, 22% wool; 50g/96 yd), 15 (16, 16, 17, 18) skeins #23520 cream
  • US 6 (4mm) 29” circular needle
  • US 8 (5mm) 29” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles (set of 5)
  • US 8 (5mm) double-pointed needles (set of 5)
  • Stitch markers
  • Cable needle
  • Waste yarn

Note: To increase the sizes for this sweater, I added stitches to the purl sections of the pattern, meaning that the stitch will look slightly different when knit in the larger sizes.