Raglan Cardigan with Cabled Back

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Ready for a challenge? Trailhead is toothsome knitting with eye-catching results. This A-line raglan cardigan features twin strands of diamonds forking upward from the back hem. The fronts are in stockinette with handsome pockets for trailside treasures; the back is emblazoned with a dramatic V of reverse stockinette to show off cables filled with moss stitch. All pieces are knit flat, and an unusual shaping scheme provides a tailored fit around the shoulders but also means you’ll need your wits about you as you work the back and yoke. The double-ribbed collar and button bands are worked on stitches picked up from the neck edge and the fronts; wear the collar turned up or down. Trailhead is knit in Loft held double for a dense, outerwear fabric—you may want to consider choosing two different hues for a marled effect.


  • 3345 (3575, 4020, 4290, 4715, 5000) yards of fingering weight wool yarn (held double throughout)


  • 13 (13, 15, 16, 18, 19) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
  • Photographed in color Artifact

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

  • 19½ stitches & 30 rows = 4″ in stockinette with Size A needle(s) and yarn held double, after blocking
  • 23-stitch cable from Chart A measures 4″ wide with Size A needle(s) and yarn held double, 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: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for ribbing)

  • One 32″ circular needle, one size smaller than Size A
  • Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)
Finished dimensions
  • 37¾ (40½, 46, 48¾, 53½, 56¾)” circumference at bust
  • Intended Ease: +4-6″
  • Sample shown is size 40½” with +6″ ease on model

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

  • Short Rows: Wrap & Turn Method
  • Sloped Bind Off
  • Sewn Bind Off (Elizabeth Zimmermann’s method)
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