Kaleido by Silkie B.

Knitting Designs By Silka Burgoyne

Introducing Slouchy Cable Pullover November 5, 2010

The preview for Interweave Winter 2010 issue is available on the website. I am glad to be part of it.

The slouchy Cable Pullover features overall lace with chunky cable neck and shoulder trim. The pullover is worked in one piece until neck shaping. The sleeves are worked by casting on stitches from the body piece.

Finished Size:
34¾ (38½, 42¼, 46, 50, 53½)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 38½”.

Berroco Lustra (50% wool, 50% Tencel Lyocell; 197 yd [180 m]/100 g): #3140 Montmartre (blue), 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins.

Sizes 7 (4.5 mm) and 9 (5.5 mm): 29″ or longer circulars (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; cable needle (cn).

17 sts and 22½ rows/rnds = 4″ in lace patt on smaller needle using one strand of yarn; 17 sts and 21 rnds = 4″ in twisted rib on larger needle with yarn doubled, after blocking, slightly stretched so p2 columns appear about 1 st wide; 27 sts of shoulder cable measure 2½” wide using one strand of yarn and smaller needle.

The winter issue will be available on newstand end of November.



4 Responses to “Introducing Slouchy Cable Pullover”

  1. Silka, I am about to make the Slouchy Cable Cardigan for my mom, and I think it’ll be something she’ll enjoy wearing in the spring and in air-conditioned rooms in the summer. But I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around the double-thickness in the bottom ribbing (at the waist) for a spring/summer sweater.

    Could you share your thinking behind the double ribbing? Did you do that to pull the sweater down so it would hang better? Or is there another reason?

    BTW, I blog about knitting for 2 newspapers, and I’ll be blogging about making this sweater, so if you don’t mind, I’d like to share your answer with my readers.

    Thanks so much!
    Pam MacKenzie

    • Hello Pam,

      You can simply use single ribbing instead of double ribbing…. because of the nature of the lace motif, you will need to work a large number of decreases from the single ribbing to the lace body piece.. hence make sure that you get the right gauge before starting. Normally, I use 4-6 inch short of the desire width for ribbing… so if you are working on 36″ measurement, I will cast on the number of sts for 30-32″. Do use same size of needle for ribbing as you use for the body. I use double ribbing because of my laziness.. hahaha.. just kidding… I wanted to have a more solid foundation for the sweater and it will hug the body better.. and of course less sts is always helped..

      Another thought for you is to not worry about the ribbing at all… just simple start working in the lace pattern… and choose a more spring and summer yarn that will give u the same gauge… yarn such as bamboo, cotton, linen and silk blend will work beautifully and more weather appropriate… in fact, without ribbing option was my initial design but decided on the ribbing because it’s a winter issue.

      please note that this sweater is loose fitting… especially in around neck area initially, but once you added the cable trim.. it will hang beautifully.

      I would love for you to blog about making this sweater.. it’s my honor. If you have more question.. please feel free to contact me….

      Happy knitting!

      Silka B.

  2. Silka,

    Thanks for the quick reply. I’m going to go to a single strand for the ribbing.

    Your 4-6 inch difference in the ribbing takes me back to my much younger days, when I did the same thing. Now in my late 50s, my waist isn’t nearly so pronounced, and I’m afraid that’s too much difference for me! I’m afraid my mother, who is in her 80s, would also find that too tight. I’m thinking 2-inch difference will be plenty.

    Thanks for your advice!


  3. […] A few days ago, I told you that I want to make the Slouchy Cable Pullover from Interweave knits Winer 2010 for my mother as a Mother’s  Day present. At the time, I didn’t realize that the designer, Silka Burgoyne, has her own website, http://www.silkaburgoyne.com. As I was poking around on the internet today tolearnhow to ask her a question about the ribbing on this sweater, I found the website&left her a message. You can find her website with the page about the sweater I’m going to make, her reply&my response here. […]

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