Minimalist Cable Cardigan by Carina Spencer

Minimalist Cable Cardigan

February 2019
DK (11 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in reverse stockinette stitch with largest needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
990 - 2460 yards (905 - 2249 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)
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This unisex, modern take on a classic wardrobe staple features deep ribbing at the hem and cuffs, cable columns set into a textured backdrop, and a gently sloped v-neck designed to look great and drape well buttoned or unbuttoned. The back and sleeves are a clean slate of reverse stockinette with a single continuous column of stockinette stitches running up the side seam and down the sleeve to the cuff.

Written directions are provided for the whole pattern with optional charts included for the V-Stitch cable panel. Sweater fronts and back are knit bottom up and seamed at the shoulders and sides. Sleeves are picked up around the armholes and knit to the cuff using Elizabeth Doherty’s fabulous top-down, set-in method (a video tutorial is provided). After the sleeve caps are shaped, the sleeve is turned inside out and worked from the wrong side to cleverly minimize purling in the reverse stockinette fabric.


cast on & bind off
knit & purl
pick up stitches
short rows with wraps
knitting in the round

FINISHED BUST CIRCUMFERENCE: 35½ (39¼, 42½, 47, 51¼, 55, 59)“ / 89 (98, 106.5, 117.5, 128, 137.5, 147.5) cm
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X) to fit 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)” / 75 (85, 95, 105, 115, 125, 135) cm body measurement at bust.

Intended ease is 4”-6” /10-15 cm of positive ease
The sample I’m wearing in the photos is a size S on a 33”/84 cm bust with about 6”/15 cm ease.

YARN: 990 (1170, 1360, 1620, 1890, 2170, 2460) yards / 905 (1070, 1240, 1480, 1730, 1985, 2245) m of DK weight yarn. Sample was knit with Fibre Company Lore (100% Kent Lambswool; 273 yards/250 m per 100g skein) in the Courage colorway.

NEEDLES: US 7/4.5 mm, one 36”/90 cm circular needle for the back, one 16”/40 cm circular needle for sleeves, and one set of dpns (or needles appropriate for your preferred method of small circumference circular knitting) for the sleeves
US 6/4 mm, one 24”/60 cm circular needle for fronts
US 5/3.75 mm, one 16/40 cm circular needle for sleeves
US 3/3.25 mm, one 36”/90 cm circular needle and one set of dpns for ribbing

NOTIONS: cable needle, stitch markers and a removable stitch marker, 5 buttons about 1”/25 mm in diameter, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauges for sweater body:
With US 7/4.5 mm, 19 sts and 28 rows =
4”/10 cm in Reverse Stockinette, after blocking

With US 3/3.25 mm, 25 sts and 34 rows =
4”/10 cm in 2X2 Ribbing, after blocking