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Needlework Unlimited

My husband has really broad shoulders and sometimes off-the-rack sweaters don't fit him. His favorite tops are the 1970s-looking baseball shirts...the comfy and soft raglan sleeve shirts with different-colored sleeves.

While these shirts are great for the weekend, he needed something that could easily be paired with khakis or slacks for work, but remain comfortable during long days.

The cables running down the sleeves give the sweater a unique texture, while the overall design remains simple and versatile...perfect for work or weekends!

model: Chuck Lantz photos: Caryn Lantz

SIZE
S [M, L, XL] (shown in size XL)
 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 43[45, 49, 53 ] inches
Length: 25.5[26.5, 28, 30.5] inches

 

MATERIALS

Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim Aran [100% Peruvian Cotton; 72yd/65m per 50g skein]
[MC] Color: Light Denim; 9 [10, 12, 13] skeins
[CC] Color: Dark Denim; 6 [7, 7, 8] skeins

1 set US #6/4mm straight or circular needles
1 set US #7/4.5mm straight or circular needles
1 16-inch US #6/4mm circular needle or set of double-point needles
2 cable needles
Tapestry needle
2 row counters

GAUGE

18 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch using larger needles

 
PATTERN NOTES

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here]

Cable Pattern (Worked over 15 sts)
Row 1 [RS]: P3, k9, p3.
Rows 2-8: K or P sts as they appear.
Row 9 [RS]: P3, slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold to back of work, slip next 3 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work, k3, k3 from front cable needle, k3 from back cable needle, p3.
Rows 10-16: K or P sts as they appear.

These 16 rows form Cable Pattern.

 
DIRECTIONS

Back
*Using smaller needles and MC, CO 88[92, 100, 108] sts.
Row 1 [RS]: [K1, p1] to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 [WS]: P2, [k1, p1] to end.
Repeat these 2 rows until work measures 2.5[2.5, 2.5, 3] inches, ending with a WS row.
Next Row [RS]: Using larger needle, k8[6, 5, 5], m1, [k8[9, 10, 9], m1] 9[9, 9, 11] times, k8[5, 5, 4]. 98[102, 110, 120] sts.
Work in stockinette st until work measures 15[15.5, 16, 17.5] inches, ending with a WS row.
BO 8[8, 9, 9] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 82[86, 92, 102] sts rem.
Next Row [RS]: K2, slip 1, k1, psso, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Work 2 rows in stockinette st.
Next Row [WS]: P2, p2tog, p to last 4 sts, p2tog tbl, p2.
Work 2 rows in stockinette st.
Repeat these 6 rows 2[2, 4, 2] times more. 70[74, 72, 90] sts rem.*
Next Row [RS]: K2, slip 1, k1, psso, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 20[22, 19, 28] times more. 28[28, 32, 32] sts rem.
BO rem sts.

Front
Work as for back from * to *.
Next Row [RS]: K2, slip 1, k1, psso, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 13[15, 11, 20] times more. 42[42, 28, 28] sts rem.
Next Row: K2, slip 1, k1, psso, k9[9, 11, 11], attach second ball of yarn and BO 16[16, 18, 18] sts, k9[9, 11, 11], k2tog, k2.
Work both sides at the same time. P 1 row.
Next Row [RS]: [K2, slip 1, k1, psso, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2] on each side.
P 1 row.
Repeat these 2 rows 2[2, 3, 3]times more. 6 sts rem.
Next Row: [K1, slip 1, k1, psso, k2tog, k1] on both sides.
P 1 row.
Next Row: [K1, slip 1, k1, psso, k1] on first side, [k1, k2tog, k1] on second side.
P 1 row.
Next Row: [K1, slip 1, k1, psso] on first side, [k2tog, k1] on second side.
Break yarn and draw through rem sts.

Sleeves (Make 2)
Using smaller needles and CC, CO 39[41,45,49] sts.
Row 1 [RS]: [K1, p1] to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 2 [WS]: P2, [k1, p1] to end.
Repeat these 2 rows until work measures 2.5[2.5, 2.5, 3] inches, ending with a WS row.
Next Row [RS]: Using larger needle, k5[6, 8, 10], m1, [k10, m1] 3 times, k4[5, 7, 9]. 43[45, 49, 53] sts.

Cable Pattern Set-up Row: P14[15, 17, 19], k3, p9, k3, p14[15, 17, 19].
Increase Row [RS]: K2, m1, work in patt (work Cable Pattern over center 15 sts as set in Set-up Row) to last 2 sts, m1, k2.
Work 5 rows in patt as set.
Repeat these 6 rows 9 times more. 63[65, 69, 73] sts.
Work Increase Row.
Work 3 rows in patt as set.
Repeat these 4 rows 6[7, 7, 10] times more. 77[81, 85, 95] sts.
Cont in patt as set until work measures 18.5[19, 20, 21] inches, ending with a WS row.
BO 8[8, 9, 9] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 61[65, 67, 77] sts rem.
Next Row [RS]: K2, slip 1, k1, psso, work in patt to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Work 1 row in patt.
Repeat these 2 rows 20[22, 19, 28] times more. 19[19, 27, 19] sts rem.

Note: When working the next decrease section, the decreases will begin to encroach on the cable panel. Continue working in patt while the decreases encroach only on the reverse stockinette columns alongside the cable. Once the decreases reach the central 9-st column, work all sts in stockinette st.

Next Row [RS]: K2, slip 1, k1, psso, work in patt to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.
Work 2 rows in patt.
Next Row [WS]: P2, p2tog, work in patt to last 4 sts, p2tog tbl, p2.
Work 2 rows in patt.
Repeat these 6 rows 1[1, 3, 1] times more. 11 sts rem.
Next Row [RS]: K2, slip 1, k1, psso, k3, k2tog, k2.
P 1 row.
Next Row [RS]: K2, slip 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, k2.
P 1 row.
Next Row [RS]: K1, k2tog, k1, slip 1, k1, psso, k1.
Next Row [WS]: P2tog tbl, p1, p2tog. 3 sts rem.
BO rem sts.

 
FINISHING

Sew Sleeves to Front and Back. Sew sleeve and side seams.

Collar
Using CC and short circular needle or double-pointed needles, pick up and k 1 st in each bound off st and 1 st in each row around the neckline. If you end up with an odd number of sts, decrease 1 st at center back on next round.
Next Round: [K1, p1] around.
Repeat this round until collar measures 1 inch.
BO very loosely in patt.

 

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Caryn lives and knits in Minnesota. This is the first sweater she has knit for her husband, and after five years of marriage, she thinks the sweater curse should be worn off by now.

You can follow her adventures in knitting at her website.