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Cable tunic knitting pattern free

Cable tunic knitting pattern free



YOU WILL NEED

■ Wendy, Merino DK (100% Merino wool, 50g/116m)

■ A pair of 3 1/4mm needles

■ A pair of 4mm needles

■ Cable needle 

■ 10 stitch markers

TENSION

Yarn used knits as DK to this tension: 23 sts and 30 rows to measure 10x10cm (4x4in) over double moss st using 4mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS

C8B Slip next 4 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work, K4 then K4 from cable needle

Tip: when you slip your cable stitches onto your cable needle, try to keep the tension the same as when you work the double moss stitch throughout the rest of the row. This will help all the cable stitches to blend in neatly and smoothly as you create your tunic top.

BACK

Cast on 167 (173: 179: 185: 191: 197) sts using 3 1/4 mm needles and Yarn B. Break yarn and change to Yarn A.

Row 1 (RS) K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end.

Row 2 PI, *K1, P1; rep from * to end. These 2 rows form K1, P1 rib.

Work in K1, P1 rib for a further 3 rows, ending with a RS row.

Row 6 (WS) Rib 29 (32: 35: 38: 41: 44), *M1, rib 2, inc in next st, rib 2, M1, rib 21; rep from * 3 times more, M1, rib 2, inc in next st, rib 2, M1, rib 29 (32: 35: 38: 41:44). [182 (188: 194: 200: 206: 212) sts]

Change to 4mm needles.

Now work in patt as follows:

Row 1 (RS) (P1, K1) 14 (15: 17: 18: 20: 21) times, P0 (1: 0: 1: 0: 1), *P1, K8, P1, (K1, P1) 9 times, K1; rep from * 3 times more, P1, K8, P1 (2: 1: 2: 1: 2), (K1, P1) 14 (15: 17: 18: 20: 21) times.

Row 2 (K1, P1) 14 (15: 17: 18: 20: 21) times, K0 (1: 0: 1: 0: 1), *K1, P8, K1, (P1, K1) 9 times, P1; rep from * 3 times more, K1, P8, K1 (2: 1: 2: 1: 2) (P1, K1) 14 (15: 17: 18: 20: 21) times.

Row 3 (K1, P1) 14 (15: 17: 18: 20: 21) times, K0 (1: 0: 1: 0: 1), *P1, K8, P1, (P1, K1) 9 times, P1; rep from * 3 times more, P1, K8, P1, K0 (1: 0: 1: 0, 1), (P1, K1) 14 (15: 17: 18: 20: 21) times.

Row 4 (P1, K1) 14 (15: 17: 18: 20: 21) times, P0 (1: 0: 1: 0: 1), *K1, pm, P8, pm, K1, (K1, P1) 9 times, K1; rep from * 3 times more, K1, pm, P8, pm, K1, P0 (1: 0: 1: 0: 1), (K1, P1) 14 (15: 17: 18: 20: 21) times.

These 4 rows set the patt: 5 panels between markers for cables, one st in rev st st either side of each cable and all other sts in double moss st.

Keeping sts correct as now set, cont as follows:

Row 5 *Patt to marker, slm, C8B, slm; rep from * 4 times more, patt to end.

Row 6 *Patt to marker, slm, P8, slm; rep from * 4 times more, patt to end.

Row 7 *Patt to marker, slm, K8, slm; rep from * 4 times more, patt to end.

Rows 8-11 As rows 6 & 7 twice.

Row 12 *Patt to marker, slm, P8, slm; rep from * 4 times more, patt to end.

These 12 rows form patt.

Rep these 12 rows 4 times more.

Then work in patt for 4 rows more.

COMMENCE SHAPING

Row 1 *Patt to 2 sts before marker, p2tog, slm, patt 8 sts, slm, p2tog tbl; rep from * 4 times more, patt to end. [172 (178: 184: 190: 196: 202) sts]

Now working 17 sts in double moss st between each cable (instead of 19 sts), work 15 rows.

Row 17 As row 1. [162 (168: 174: 180: 186: 192) sts]

Now working 15 sts in double moss st between each cable (instead of 17 sts), work 15 rows.

Row 33 As row 1. [152 (158: 164: 170: 176: 182) sts]

Now working 13 sts in double moss st between each cable (instead of 15 sts), work 15 rows.

Row 49 As row 1. [142 (148: 154: 160: 166: 172) sts]

Now working 11 sts in double moss st between each cable (instead of 13 sts), work 15 rows.

Row 65 As row 1. [132 (138: 144: 150: 156: 162) sts]

Now working 9 sts in double moss st between each cable (instead of 11 sts), work 15 rows.

Row 81 As row 1. [122 (128: 134: 140: 146: 152) sts]

Now working 7 sts in double moss st between each cable (instead of 9 sts), work 15 rows.

Row 97 As row 1. [112(118: 124: 130: 136: 142) sts]

Now working 5 sts in double moss st between each cable (instead of 7 sts), cont as follows:

Cont straight until Back measures 44 (45: 45: 46: 46: 47)cm, ending with a WS row.

SHAPE ARMHOLES

Keeping patt correct, cast off 3 (4: 4: 5: 5: 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows. [106 (110: 116: 120: 126: 130) sts]

Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 (3: 5: 5: 7: 7) rows, then on foll 4 (5: 5: 6: 6, 7) alt rows. [92 (94: 96: 98: 100: 102) sts]

Cont straight until armhole measures 17 (17: 18: 18: 19: 19)cm, ending with a WS row.

SHAPE BACK NECK

Next row (RS) Patt 24 (24: 25: 25: 26: 27) sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder.

Work on this set of sts only for first side of neck.

Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 9 rows, ending with a WS row. [15 (15: 16: 16: 17: 18) sts]

SHAPE SHOULDER

Cast off 7 (7: 7: 7: 8: 8) sts at beg and dec 1 st at end of next row.

Work 1 row. Cast off rem 7 (7: 8: 8: 8: 9) sts.

Return to sts left on holder, rejoin yarn with RS facing, cast off centre 44 (46: 46: 48: 48: 48) sts, dec 3 sts across top of each cable, and patt to end.

Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 10 rows, ending with a RS row. [14(14: 15: 15: 16: 17) sts]

SHAPE SHOULDER

Cast off 7 (7: 7: 7: 8: 8) sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 7 (7: 8: 8: 8: 9) sts.

FRONT

Work as given for Back until 36 (36: 36: 38: 38: 38) rows less have been worked than on Back to start of shoulder shaping, ending with a WS row.

(NOTE: Shoulder starts 10 rows above beg of back neck shaping.)

SHAPE FRONT NECK

Next row (RS) Patt 31 (31: 32: 33: 34: 35) sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder.

Work on this set of sts only for first side of neck.

Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 10 rows, then on foll 4 (4: 4: 5: 5: 5) alt rows, then on 3 foll 4th rows. [14(14: 15: 15: 16: 17) sts] Work 5 rows, ending with a WS row.

SHAPE SHOULDER

Cast off 7 (7: 7: 7: 8: 8) sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 7 (7: 8: 8: 8: 9) sts.

Return to sts left on holder, rejoin yarn with RS facing, cast off centre 30 (32: 32: 32: 32: 32) sts, dec 3 sts across top of centre cable, and patt to end. [31 (31: 32: 33: 34: 35) sts]

Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge of next 10 rows, then on foll 4 (4: 4: 5: 5: 5) alt rows, then on 3 foll 4th rows. [14(14: 15: 15: 16: 17) sts]

Work 6 rows, ending with a RS row.

SHAPE SHOULDER

Cast off 7 (7: 7: 7: 8: 8) sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 7 (7: 8: 8: 8: 9) sts.

SLEEVES

Cast on 75 (77: 79: 81: 83: 85) sts using 3 1/4mm needles and Yarn B. Break yarn and change to Yarn A.

Work in rib as given for Back for 4 rows, ending with a WS row.

Change to 4mm needles.

Now work in patt as follows:

Row 1 (RS) P1, *K1, P1; rep from * to end.

Rows 2 & 3 K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end.

Row 4 P1, *K1, P1; rep from * to end. These 4 rows form patt.

SHAPE SLEEVE CAP

Cast off 3 (4: 4: 5: 5:6) sts at beg of next 2 rows, keeping pattern correct. [69 (69: 71:71:73: 73) sts]

Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows, then on every foll alt row to 33 sts, then on foll 9 rows, ending with a WS row. Cast off rem 15 sts.

NECK TRIM

Join both shoulder seams.

Cast on 12 sts using 4mm needles and Yarn B.

Row 1 (RS) K10, P2. (End of this row is edge to be attached to neck edge.)

Row 2 K2, P8, K2.

Row 3 K2, C8B, P2.

Row 4 K2, P8, K2.

Rows 5-12 As rows 1 & 2, 4 times. These 12 rows form patt. Cont in patt until neck trim fits neatly around entire neck edge, stretching neck trim slightly so that it lies flat and ending after patt row 6. Cast off rem 12 sts.

TO MAKE UP

Join cast on and cast off ends of neck trim.

Position neck trim seam at centre back neck, sew neck trim to neck edge. Join side seams by top sewing.

Join sleeve seams. Insert sleeves into armholes.