Interlocking Cables by Shirley Paden

Interlocking Cables

November 2004
DK (11 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in cable pattern on size 8 needles
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 10 - 6.0 mm
2040 - 2856 yards (1865 - 2612 m)
34 (38½, 43, 48)" (86.5 [98, 109, 122] cm) chest/bust circumference
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This pattern is available for free.

Pattern description from Interweave Knits, Winter 2004: “Shirley Paden has combined a graceful silhouette with a rich textural pattern in this casually elegant pullover. A silky merino yarn from Tahki/Stacy Charles shows off the intricate intertwining cable pattern, and allows for the collar’s gentile drape. A narrow rib makes for a smooth edging, while raglan sleeve shaping creates a smooth line at the shoulder. Knitters looking for a texture tour-de-force need look no further.”

Finished Size: 34 (38½, 43, 48)“ (86.5 [98, 109, 122] cm) chest/bust circumference

Yarn: Filatura di Crosa Zara (100% wool; 136 yd [125 m]/50 g): #1705 oatmeal, 15 (17, 19, 21) balls. yarn distributed by Tahki/Stacy Charles.

Needles: Sizes 7, 8, 9, and 10 (4.5, 5, 5.5, and 6 mm): 32” (80-cm) circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

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


  • 60 sts and 52 rows = 8” (20.5 cm) in interlocking cables patt on size 8 (5-mm) needles
  • 62 sts and 60 rows = 8” (20.5 cm) in ribbing patt on size 7 (4.5-mm) needle.

Note from Interweave Knits: “When there are not enough stitches to work a cable as called for in the pattern (as a result of shaping or the beginning and ending places for your size), cross the stitches that are available in the same direction as the original cable (either to the right or to the left). If there is an even number of stitches, cross half the stitches over the other half of the stitches to make the cable. If there is an odd number, arrange the stitches in the cable crossing so that group of stitches with the extra stitch crosses on top of the other group of stitches.”

Web-exclusive from Interweave Knits, Winter 2004.

Note: This project is shown on page 75 of Interweave Knits, Winter 2004. The pattern is NOT available in the magazine, however. Readers are instructed to visit the website (or send a long SASE to Interlocking Cables, 201 E. Fourth St., Loveland, CO 80537) for complete instructions.