Finished my two-color cable sweater

Back in January, I had uploaded a pic of the start of a new sweater for the new year, and since I had a lot of time to knit this weekend with the major snow storm we've had here in Philadelphia, I finally finished it! It's knit from "felt yarn", which is basically yarn that had big slubs of loosely spun wool and then thinner more tightly spun spots. It was a little difficult to work with, because the needle would keep going through the yarn. I started out with metal needles, and then switched to bamboo ones - that helped a lot.

The body of the sweater is knitted with plaited basket stitch, which I think gave it a nice texture, and the cables in blue have a nice "distressed" look due to the variability in the yarn. The blue horizontal stripe cable was knit separately and then attached. It's a very warm sweater.

The neck is done as a placket with 3 wood buttons - I bought the buttons off Etsy. It fits pretty well ... I kept checking my guage, which got tigher when I knit the sleeves, and I had to adjust a bit to accomodate. I knit both of the sleeves together at the same time on a long circular needle (although it's flat knitting), and I think that worked out well ... any difference in guage carries through on both sleeves evenly, and when you're done you don't have to think "oh, I got another one to do yet".

I think the sweater has kind of an "arts and crafts" style look ... either that or "gingerbread house"? lol I seamed it up using the contrasting color yarn with a crochet on the outside. Well, you can see what you think.

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albert's picture

I love the texture, and I see what you mean about "gingerbread". I also get a kind of military dress uniform feeling from this sweater. It must have been a lot of fun to knit! What are the names of the yarns, Jon, and can you give the directions for the texture stitch?

2manyhobbies's picture

I actually stole the plaited basket stitch off a post here sometime back :) ... I'm sorry, I forget who posted it before:

Cast on an odd number of stitches:
Row 1 (RS): k2, *insert needle in back loop of second st on left needle, k and leave on needle. Then knit the first st, then slip both sts from needle together; rep from *, end k1.
Row 2: p2, * skip next st and purl the second st, then purl the skipped st, then sl both sts from needle together; rep from *, end p1.

The yarn was "ICE felt yarn" that I bought off ebay ... They have a website,, but I don't see the "felt yarn" there. yarn_paradise is still selling them on ebay. The brown is "coffee brown" and the blue is "Light Blue".

paultheknitter's picture

The sweater looks amazing. Congratulations. I would be interested in the pattern, it creates a wonderful texture.

2manyhobbies's picture

Thanks! I posted the pattern for the plaited basket stitch below.

Bill's picture

Looks great!
that yarn has to have been difficult to knit with...

2manyhobbies's picture

You're right, the yarn was difficult to knit with ... it was especially difficult to pick up stitches after frogging rows because some stitches would be really small and others really thick. I guess this yarn would usually be used to knit soemthing with the intent to felt it. Although, I washed a swath and dried it in the tumble dryer, and it didn't seem to felt excessively.... also the guage didn't change on the pattern of the swatch after washing.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That sweater turned out really nice, Jon. The seaming adds just the right amount of continuity between the cabling and color band to make it work extremely well. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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