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Cabled Cardigan with Shawl Collar

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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.



Worsted weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:

  • 560 (635, 715, 840, 970) yards of worsted weight wool yarn


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

  • 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.

Finished dimensions
  • 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

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern


  • Cast on of choice (for 2×2 ribbed fabric)
  • Sloped Bind Off
  • Short Rows (Wrap and Turn Method)
  • One-Row Buttonhole
  • Blocking (Suggested method: Wet-Blocking)


  • Tubular Cast On (for 2×2 ribbed fabric)
Michele Wang
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