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Men's cabled sweater Novita Natura

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This 100% wool sweater from Novita Natura will keep your loved one warm no matter the temperature.
Magazine Novita Talvi 2018 -lehti (in Finnish)
Pattern N:o in Magazine 33
Skill level Intermediate
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Availability:In stock
SKU N041833
Pattern details
Size
S(M)L(XL)XXL

Yarn demand
Novita Natura
(098) Wolf 650(700)750(800)850 g

Needles and other supplies
Needles:
Novita 5-5½ mm (UK 5-6 / US 8-9) or size needed to obtain gauge

Circular needle (40 cm / 16 in):
Novita 4½-5 mm (UK 6-7 / US 7-8) for the neckline

Designer
Saara Toikka

Details

Back

Cast on 95(101)107(113)119 sts and begin working half brioche st and the cable pattern at both ends from row 1 of the chart: work 1 st from the right edge of the chart, repeat section A 9(10)11(12)13 times [= 18(20)22(24)26 sts], work section B (= 15 sts), repeat section C 14(15)16(17)18 times [= 28(30)32(34)36 sts], work section D (= 15 sts), and repeat section E 9(10)11(12)13 times [= 18(20)22(24)26 sts]. Work rows 2-6 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 1-6.

Note: When you have worked rows 1-6 two times (12 rows in total), begin the cable turns toward the sides (see pattern):

1st cable turn toward the sides: on a RS row, work 18(20)22(24)26 sts in half brioche st, decrease 1 st by p2tog, work the 13 cable sts, increase 1 st (= knit or purl the strand of yarn between sts through the back loop following the half brioche). Work the middle 29(31)33(35)37 sts in half brioche, increase 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, decrease 1 st, work 18(20)22(24)26 sts in half brioche. On both sides, 1 st decreased at the half brioche section next to the cables and 1 st increased in the middle section next to the cables. The number of sts remains unchanged. Work the WS row. Work the increased sts in half brioche.

2nd cable turn toward the sides: on a RS row, work 17(19)21(23)25 sts in half brioche st, decrease 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, increase 1 st. Work the middle 31(33)35(37)39 sts in half brioche, increase 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, decrease 1 st, work 17(19)21(23)25 sts in half brioche. On both sides, 1 st decreased at the half brioche section next to the cables and 1 st increased in the middle section next to the cables. Work the WS row. Work the increased sts in half brioche.

Repeat the cable turns in the same manner 5 more times (= 7 times in total), finishing on a RS row. There are now 12(14)16(18)20 sts of half brioche and 14 st cables at both ends, with 43(45)47(49)51 sts of half brioche in the middle section.

Work 7 rows without turning.

Begin the cable turns toward the centre (see pattern):

1st cable turn toward the centre: on a RS row, work 12(14)16(18)20 sts in half brioche, increase 1 st (= knit or purl the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop following the half brioche), work the 13 cable sts, and decrease 1 st by p2tog. Work the middle 41(43)45(47)49 sts in half brioche, decrease 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, increase 1 st, work 12(14)16(184)20 sts in half brioche. On both sides, 1 st increased at the half brioche section next to the cables and 1 st decreased at the middle section next to the cables. Work the WS row. Work the increased sts in half brioche.

2nd cable turn toward the centre: on a RS row, work 13(15)17(19)21 sts in half brioche, increase 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, and decrease 1 st. Work the middle 39(41)43(45)47 sts in half brioche, decrease 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, increase 1 st, work 13(15)17(19)21 sts in half brioche. On both sides, 1 st increased at the half brioche section next to the cables and 1 st decreased at the middle section next to the cables. Work the WS row. Work the increased sts in half brioche.

Repeat the cable turns in the same manner 5 more times (= 7 times in total), finishing on a RS row. There are now 19(21)23(25)27 sts of half brioche and 14 st cables at both ends, with 29(31)33(35)37 sts of half brioche in the middle section.

Work 7 rows without turning.

Work the cable turns toward the sides, work 7 rows, work the cable turns toward the centre, work 7 rows, work the turns toward the sides. Repeat the turns toward the sides on every 2nd row until the 14 cable sts reach the edge of the piece.

At both ends, bind off 1x6(6)7(7)9 sts, 1x4(4)5(5)5 sts, and 2(4)4(4)4x1 sts on every 2nd row for the armholes = 71(73)75(81)83 sts.

When the armhole measures 20(21)22(23)24 cm, bind off on every other row 1x7(8)8(9)8 sts and 2x7(7)7(8)9 sts at both ends for the shoulders.

Securely bind off the remaining 29(29)31(31)31 sts.

Front

Work as you did the back until the armhole measures 14(15)16(17)18 cm. Work the shoulder decreases as you did on the back piece. At the same time as the 1st shoulder decrease, leave the middle 21(21)23(23)23 sts on hold for the neckline. Work one side of the neckline at a time. Bind off on every 2nd row 2x2 sts at the neckline edge. Knit the other side of the neckline to match.

Left sleeve

Cast on 39(41)43(43)45 sts and begin the half brioche from row 1 of the chart: work 1 st from the right edge of the chart and repeat section A 19(20)21(21)22 times. Work rows 2-6 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 1-6.

When the piece measures 7(5)11(10)8 cm, increase 1 st at both ends. Repeat the increases every 3(3)2,5(2,5)2,5 cm 13(14)15(16)17 more times = 67(71)75(77)81 sts.

When the piece measures 49(50)51(52)53 cm, on every other row bind off 1x6(6)7(7)8 sts, 1(2)2(2)2x2 sts, 15(15)16(17)18x1 sts. Bind off on every other row 2x3 sts at the right end and 2x1 st at the left end. Work half brioche with the remaining 13 sts for 13(14)14(15,5)16,5 cm, then leave the sts on hold.

Work the right sleeve as the mirror image of the left sleeve.

Finishing

Pin the pieces to measurements and steam lightly.

Attach the sleeves following the markings on the pattern. Sew the shoulder seams.

Sew the side seams and sleeve seams.

Neckline edge: Using the circular needle, pick up and knit the sts on hold as well as additional sts for 80(80)82(82)84 sts in total. Work half brioche in the round (make sure the knit sts continue from the front pieces and shoulders to the neckline):

Round 1: slip the purl sts purlwise and yo, knit the knit sts.

Round 2: purl together the purl sts and yarn overs, slip the knit sts purlwise and yo.

Round 3: slip the purl sts purlwise and yo, knit together the knit sts and yarn overs. Keep repeating rows 2-3.

When the neckband measures 5 cm, bind off (at the same time work the yarn overs together with the sts).

Pattern instructions
Finished dimensions
body circumference 104(112)120(128)136 cm / 41(44)47¼(50½)53½ in length in the back at midpoint 64(66)68(70)72 cm / 25¼(26)26¾(27½)28¼ in inner sleeve length 49(50)51(52)53 cm / 19¼(19¾)20(20½)20¾ in

Stitch patterns & gauge
Stitch patterns:
- Half brioche stitch:
work following the chart and the written instructions.
- Cable pattern:
work following the chart and the written instructions.

Gauge:
16 sts and 30 rows of half brioche stitch with 5-5½ mm needles = 10 cm / 4 in

Back

Cast on 95(101)107(113)119 sts and begin working half brioche st and the cable pattern at both ends from row 1 of the chart: work 1 st from the right edge of the chart, repeat section A 9(10)11(12)13 times [= 18(20)22(24)26 sts], work section B (= 15 sts), repeat section C 14(15)16(17)18 times [= 28(30)32(34)36 sts], work section D (= 15 sts), and repeat section E 9(10)11(12)13 times [= 18(20)22(24)26 sts]. Work rows 2-6 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 1-6.

Note: When you have worked rows 1-6 two times (12 rows in total), begin the cable turns toward the sides (see pattern):

1st cable turn toward the sides: on a RS row, work 18(20)22(24)26 sts in half brioche st, decrease 1 st by p2tog, work the 13 cable sts, increase 1 st (= knit or purl the strand of yarn between sts through the back loop following the half brioche). Work the middle 29(31)33(35)37 sts in half brioche, increase 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, decrease 1 st, work 18(20)22(24)26 sts in half brioche. On both sides, 1 st decreased at the half brioche section next to the cables and 1 st increased in the middle section next to the cables. The number of sts remains unchanged. Work the WS row. Work the increased sts in half brioche.

2nd cable turn toward the sides: on a RS row, work 17(19)21(23)25 sts in half brioche st, decrease 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, increase 1 st. Work the middle 31(33)35(37)39 sts in half brioche, increase 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, decrease 1 st, work 17(19)21(23)25 sts in half brioche. On both sides, 1 st decreased at the half brioche section next to the cables and 1 st increased in the middle section next to the cables. Work the WS row. Work the increased sts in half brioche.

Repeat the cable turns in the same manner 5 more times (= 7 times in total), finishing on a RS row. There are now 12(14)16(18)20 sts of half brioche and 14 st cables at both ends, with 43(45)47(49)51 sts of half brioche in the middle section.

Work 7 rows without turning.

Begin the cable turns toward the centre (see pattern):

1st cable turn toward the centre: on a RS row, work 12(14)16(18)20 sts in half brioche, increase 1 st (= knit or purl the strand of yarn between the sts through the back loop following the half brioche), work the 13 cable sts, and decrease 1 st by p2tog. Work the middle 41(43)45(47)49 sts in half brioche, decrease 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, increase 1 st, work 12(14)16(184)20 sts in half brioche. On both sides, 1 st increased at the half brioche section next to the cables and 1 st decreased at the middle section next to the cables. Work the WS row. Work the increased sts in half brioche.

2nd cable turn toward the centre: on a RS row, work 13(15)17(19)21 sts in half brioche, increase 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, and decrease 1 st. Work the middle 39(41)43(45)47 sts in half brioche, decrease 1 st, work the 13 cable sts, increase 1 st, work 13(15)17(19)21 sts in half brioche. On both sides, 1 st increased at the half brioche section next to the cables and 1 st decreased at the middle section next to the cables. Work the WS row. Work the increased sts in half brioche.

Repeat the cable turns in the same manner 5 more times (= 7 times in total), finishing on a RS row. There are now 19(21)23(25)27 sts of half brioche and 14 st cables at both ends, with 29(31)33(35)37 sts of half brioche in the middle section.

Work 7 rows without turning.

Work the cable turns toward the sides, work 7 rows, work the cable turns toward the centre, work 7 rows, work the turns toward the sides. Repeat the turns toward the sides on every 2nd row until the 14 cable sts reach the edge of the piece.

At both ends, bind off 1x6(6)7(7)9 sts, 1x4(4)5(5)5 sts, and 2(4)4(4)4x1 sts on every 2nd row for the armholes = 71(73)75(81)83 sts.

When the armhole measures 20(21)22(23)24 cm, bind off on every other row 1x7(8)8(9)8 sts and 2x7(7)7(8)9 sts at both ends for the shoulders.

Securely bind off the remaining 29(29)31(31)31 sts.

Front

Work as you did the back until the armhole measures 14(15)16(17)18 cm. Work the shoulder decreases as you did on the back piece. At the same time as the 1st shoulder decrease, leave the middle 21(21)23(23)23 sts on hold for the neckline. Work one side of the neckline at a time. Bind off on every 2nd row 2x2 sts at the neckline edge. Knit the other side of the neckline to match.

Left sleeve

Cast on 39(41)43(43)45 sts and begin the half brioche from row 1 of the chart: work 1 st from the right edge of the chart and repeat section A 19(20)21(21)22 times. Work rows 2-6 of the chart and then keep repeating rows 1-6.

When the piece measures 7(5)11(10)8 cm, increase 1 st at both ends. Repeat the increases every 3(3)2,5(2,5)2,5 cm 13(14)15(16)17 more times = 67(71)75(77)81 sts.

When the piece measures 49(50)51(52)53 cm, on every other row bind off 1x6(6)7(7)8 sts, 1(2)2(2)2x2 sts, 15(15)16(17)18x1 sts. Bind off on every other row 2x3 sts at the right end and 2x1 st at the left end. Work half brioche with the remaining 13 sts for 13(14)14(15,5)16,5 cm, then leave the sts on hold.

Work the right sleeve as the mirror image of the left sleeve.

Finishing

Pin the pieces to measurements and steam lightly.

Attach the sleeves following the markings on the pattern. Sew the shoulder seams.

Sew the side seams and sleeve seams.

Neckline edge: Using the circular needle, pick up and knit the sts on hold as well as additional sts for 80(80)82(82)84 sts in total. Work half brioche in the round (make sure the knit sts continue from the front pieces and shoulders to the neckline):

Round 1: slip the purl sts purlwise and yo, knit the knit sts.

Round 2: purl together the purl sts and yarn overs, slip the knit sts purlwise and yo.

Round 3: slip the purl sts purlwise and yo, knit together the knit sts and yarn overs. Keep repeating rows 2-3.

When the neckband measures 5 cm, bind off (at the same time work the yarn overs together with the sts).


Skill levels

Beginner

Have you just learned to knit, maybe still trying to figure out the very basics like knit and purl stitches? Or are you picking up knitting again for the first time since elementary school? Start here.

Technique

Beginner-level patterns include only basic knitting techniques: knitting and purling. You’ll also need to cast on and cast off stitches. The projects can be worked flat or in the round. Easy, regular decreases are used. Most patterns are worked in stockinette or garter stitch. Other simple stitch patterns may occur, and they are always detailed in the written pattern. Stripes of different colours may be used, but no more advanced colourwork.

Patterns

All patterns are written and do not include charts. Abbreviations are not used. Getting gauge is not crucial to the finished piece. Patterns include mostly accessories such as scarved and beanies. Pillowcases and other home decoration pieces.

Adventurous beginner

Got the basics covered? You’d like to take a swing at your first pair of socks, perhaps some easy cables or colourwork? A treasure of patterns awaits you on this level.

Technique

Patterns on this level may include simple colourwork, cables or lace. Colourwork patterns repeats are relatively short, cables simple and symmetrical and lace patterns easy and relatively small, covering details rather than entire pieces. The colourwork, cable and lace stitches are not worked into decreases or increases. Colourwork yarn floats are short, max. 3-4 stitches. Picking up stitches may occur. On this level, you’ll also find easy patterns using domino knitting, log cabin knitting or tunisian crochet.

Patterns

Patterns may include simple charts. In case special techniques are employed, they are detailed our in the instructions, either as text or e.g. through videos. The patterns may also suggest ”shortcuts”, i.e. easier ways to accomplish a technique. Most of the basic socks with heel flaps or afterthought heels are on this level, as well as mittens with no-gusset thumbs. There’s also plenty of sweaters, usually yoke sweaters or raglan sleeve sweaters.

Intermediate

So knitting is a regular hobby for you? Abbreviations, charts and instructions are no more than a walk in the park? Perhaps you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with, even at the odds of frogging?

Technique

In addition to basic techniques, some special techniques may be employed on this level, e.g. short rows. The same pattern may include both lace and cables. Magic loop knitting or entrelac, two-coloured brioche stitch, also here. In general, patterns require a more advanced ability to "read" your knitting. Lace patterns are also more advanced than on the previous level, but the lace stitches are still worked on right side only. Intarsia may be included, but in relatively simple and symmetrical patterns.

Patterns

Patterns on this level can feature concurrent shaping, e.g. neckline shaping at the same time as sleeve decreases or sleeve decreases into cable pattern. Sweater sleeves may require more advanced shaping. Most of our sweaters are at this level. Other patterns include e.g. magic loop patterns and toe-up socks.

Advanced

Turn off that telly and lash the doors, maximum concetration required! Although this skill level doesn’t bring much more in terms of technique, there’s simply more going on at the same time. Skill, concentration and perception are requisite.

Technique

On this level, you’ll find more advanced intarsia patterns, including intarsia in the round. Brioche patterns with decreases and/or cables are also here. Beginning of rounds may shift and multiple markers are needed. Lace or cable stitches may be worked also from wrong side. We’ve also included patterns featuring steeks here. Steeking isn’t hard as such, but requires the nerves and confidence of an experienced knitter.

Patterns

Patterns may include complex steps and require simultaneous reading of both charts and written instructions. Gauge may vary over different steps of the project. The patterns often feature much details and a combination of techniques. The size of the project is not what determines whether it’s advanced or not; focus is on technique, overall complexity and the risk of errors during the project.

Gauge & Swatching

Gauge and Swatching

Every pattern is based on a certain gauge, expressed as stitches or rows per 10 cm. It is important that you make a swatch to check your gauge before you start the actual project. If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern’s gauge, your finished garment won’t be the correct size either.

Swatching Start by knitting a swatch. Use the yarn, the needles and the stitch pattern you intend to use in the project. Make the swatch a little wider than 10 cm, so that you’ll be able to measure the stitches properly. Block the swatch by pinning it to a surface, then steam it gently. Count the stitches; put a pin in a stitch, then measure 10 cm from that stitch and put another pin there. Count the stitches from pin to pin – that’s your gauge! If needed, measure both horizontal and vertical gauge (rows). If you’re measuring rib or brioche stitches, stretch out the swatch slightly before measuring.

Adjusting gauge

If your gauge doesn’t match the pattern gauge, you can adjust it by switching needle size. If your swatch has too few stitches per 10 cm (i.e. your knitting is too loose), switch to smaller needles. Conversely, if your swatch has too many stitches per 10 cm, your knitting is too tight and you’ll need a larger pair of needles. Always knit another swatch in order to determine proper gauge and sizing. Also note that the pattern yardage only applies to the pattern yarn, the yardage may differ if you choose another yarn.

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