Oversized Cable Cardigan

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Cuddle down in a gloriously warm oversized cardigan inspired by old men of the sea. Bellows knits up astonishingly fast in double strands of Shelter, with simple stitch patterns that keep the work meditative and anchor-shaped cables on the lower front and sleeves for visual impact. The garment is worked in pieces and seamed with set-in sleeves, and then the shawl collar and front ribbing are picked up and shaped with short rows.

If you prefer a sleeker fit, choose a size that gives you about four inches of positive ease instead of the nine inches shown on our model. Bellows looks handsome in any color from the Shelter palette, so choose a foresty green, a soft purple, or your favorite earth tone. Or get creative, holding two closely related hues together for a marled effect.


Worsted weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:

  • 1760 (1885, 2145, 2425, 2695, 2930) yards


  • 12 stitches & 20 rows = 4″ in Broken Rib with Size A needle(s) and 2 strands of yarn held together, after blocking
  • 16-stitch panel from Chart A or B measures 4¾” wide with Size A needle(s) and 2 strands of yarn held together, 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: 8 mm (US 11)

Size B (for Ribbing):

  • One 40″ circular needle, two sizes smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 6 mm (US 10)

*Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used

Finished dimensions
  • 35¼ (38, 43¼, 48½, 54, 59¼)” circumference at bust (buttoned)
  • Intended Ease: + 4–5″ (standard fit) or + 9–10″ (loose fit)
  • Sample shown is size 43″ with + 9″ ease on model (shown with loose fit)

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


  • Sloped Bind Off
  • Short Rows (Turn and YO Method)
  • One-Row Buttonhole
  • Blocking (Suggested method: Wet-Blocking)


Michele Wang
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