Exeter by Michele Wang


March 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in Reverse Stockinette
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1665 - 2650 yards (1522 - 2423 m)
37½ (41½, 45½, 49¾, 53¾, 58¼)" circumference at chest (buttoned)
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Michele’s snow-white cardigan is the type of sweater we love to wrap up in all year round. The garment features an allover cable and lace motif trimmed with deep ribbed hems. The double-breasted shawl collar, rolled sleeve cuffs, lined pockets, and modified drop-shoulder construction create a cozy fit with classic appeal. The sweater’s ribbing is worked at a firmer gauge to give the garment structure, while the textured body fabric is worked on a larger needle to give the fabric necessary movement and drape.


  • All pieces are knit flat from the bottom up, and then seamed together.
  • Each Front is knit in one piece to the end of the hem ribbing, then is divided into two sections: the Front Panel Section, and the Placket/Collar Section. This is because the two sections are worked on different-sized needles.
  • The shawl Collar is shaped with short rows, grafted together at the Back Neck, and the edge of the Collar is then sewn to the Back Neck edge.


Approximately 1665 (1815, 2000, 2210, 2415, 2650) yards of worsted-weight wool yarn


12 (13, 15, 16, 18, 19) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% US Targhee-Columbia Wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in Fossil


20 stitches & 28 rows = 4” in Reverse Stockinette Stitch with Gauge Needle, after blocking
27-stitch Cable Panel from Chart A measures approximately 4¼“ wide, with Gauge Needle after blocking
27 stitches & 28 rows = 4” in 2x2 Ribbing with Ribbing Gauge Needle


Gauge Needle: One pair of knitting needles OR a 24”or 32” circular needle in size needed to obtain Reverse Stockinette and Cable gauges listed
Suggested Size: US 7 (4½ mm)
Ribbing Gauge Needle: One pair of knitting needles OR a 24” or 32” circular needle in size necessary to obtain listed Ribbing Gauge
Suggested Size: US 5 (3¾ mm)

Finished Dimensions

37½ (41½, 45½, 49¾, 53¾, 58¼)“ garment circumference at chest
Sample is shown in size 41½” with 6” ease on model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

Skill Level

3 out of 5

A Japanese Translation is available: click on the pattern download button on the top right of this page and you will have the option of downloading an alternative Japanese Version
Translated by Meri Tanaka

Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.