Cabled Cardigan with Shawl Collar

by Michele Wang

Dapper styling and a scholarly air make this cardigan at home in grand old libraries and in modern schoolyards. Knit in Shelter, Arlo features a playfully organic lattice of cables that evokes branching trees. Short rows shape a fetching collar from the wide ribbed button bands and turned-back cuffs extend the life of the garment as the child grows. Arlo is truly unisex, but instructions are given for gender-specific button placement according to the knitter’s choice. Sewn construction provides classic polish and durability—though you may find yourself hoping for thin spots requiring suede elbow patches.


560 (635, 715, 840, 970) yards of worsted weight wool yarn
4 (5, 6, 6, 7) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Hayloft and Embers


18 stitches & 29 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
23 stitches & 30 rows = 4" in cable pattern from charts with Size A needle(s), after blocking


Size A (for Main Fabric):
One pair of straight needles or a 32" circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Tubular Cast On and Ribbing):
One pair of straight needles and/or a 32" circular needle*, two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

*Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used. For Size B, a circular needle is mandatory and straight needles are optional.


26¾ (27¾, 29½, 32¼, 34¾)" circumference at chest, seamed and buttoned
Sized for 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) years
Intended Ease: approximately + 3-4"
Sample shown is size 6 (29½") on children who normally wear size 6


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

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