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Cables and Leaves Tunic

Difficulty level: **** Experienced

Free Sweater Knitting Pattern

The pattern for the Leaf Cowl is here

Sizes: S (M, L, XL, 2X)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 34 [38, 42, 46, 50] inches (86 [96, 106, 117, 127] cm

Materials: Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool [100% wool; 465 yd/458 m per 227g skein] color: Nature's Brown; 3 (4, 4, 5, 6) skeins

Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm) straight and circular (16", 24" 32"), cable needle

Gauge for stockinette st: 18 sts x 26 rows = 4" x 4" (10 x 10 cm)

Patterns:

  • M1 (Make 1 increase) - I used the increase described by Elizabeth Zimmerman. Make a backward loop over the right-hand needle and in the next row purl it as a regular stitch.
  • T2B (Twist 2 Back) - slip a stitch on a cable needle and leave it at the back of work, knit next stitch, knit the stitch from the cable needle
  • T2Bp (Twist 2 Back, purl) - the same, except you purl the stitch from the cable needle instead of knitting it.
  • T2F (Twist 2 Front) - slip a stitch on a cable needle and leave it at the front of work, knit next stitch, knit the stitch from the cable needle
  • T2Fp (Twist 2 Front, purl) - same as above, except you purl the stitch from the cable needle instead of knitting it.

Embossed Vine Leaves Panel

Left Panel on 24 sts in rows:

Row 1, 3 and 5: 11 p, 2 k, 11 p

Row 2 and all even rows: Work all stitches on the wrong side as they appear (If the stitch was knitted in the odd row, you purl it in the even row, if the stitch was purled in the odd row, you knit it in the even row. The yarn overs from the odd rows--starting from row 15--are to be purled.)

Row 7: 10 p, T2B, 1 k, 11 p.

Row 9: 9 p, T2Bp, 2 k, 11 p.

Row 11: 8 p, T2Bp, 1 p, 2 k, 11 p.

Row 13: 7 p, T2Bp, 2 p, 2 k, 11 p.

Row 15: 7 p, yon (yarn over needle), 1 k, yon, 3 p, 2 k, 11 p.

Row 17: 7 p, 1 k, yon, 1 k, yon, 1 k, 3 p, 2 k, 11 p.

Row 19: 7 p, 2 k, yon, 1 k, yon, 2 k, 3 p, 1 k, T2F, 10 p.

Row 21: 7 p, 3 k, yon, 1 k, yon, 3 k, 3 p, 2 k, T2Fp, 9 p.

Row 23: 7 p, k2tog tbk (knit 2 together through back of loops), 5 k, k2tog, 3p, 2 k, 1 p, T2Fp, 8 p.

Row 25: 7 p, k2tog tbk, 3 k, k2tog, 3 p, 2 k, 2 p, T2Fp, 7 p.

Row 27: 7 p, k2tog tbk, 1 k, k2tog, 3 p, 2 k, 3 p, yon, 1 k, yon, 7 p.

Row 29: 7 p, sk2p (slip 1 knitwise, k2tog, psso), 3 p, 2 k, 3 p, 1 k, yon, 1 k, yon, 1 k, 7 p.

Row 31: 10 p, T2B, 1 k, 3 p, 2 k, yon, 1 k, yon, 2 k, 7 p.

Row 33: 9 p, T2Bp, 2 k, 3 p, 3 k, yon, 1 k, yon, 3 k, 7 p.

Row 35: 8 p, T2Bp, 1 p, 2 k, 3 p, k2tog tbk, 5 k, k2tog, 7 p.

Row 37: 7 p, T2Bp, 2 p, 2 k, 3 p, k2tog tbk, 3 k, k2tog, 7 p.

Row 39: 7 p, yon, 1 k, yon, 3 p, 2 k, 3 p, k2tog tbk, 1 k, k2tog, 7 p.

Row 41: 7 p, 1 k, yon, 1 k, yon, 1 k, 3 p, 2 k, 3 p, sk2p, 7 p.

Row 43: Repeat rows 19 - 42.

Right Panel on 24 sts in rows:

Mirror the left panel (see chart below)


Leaf Panel in rounds:

All odd rounds are made in the same way as odd rows.

In all even rounds knit over k, purl over p, and knit over yon.

Horseshoe Cable on 8 sts in rows:

Rows 1 (RS): sl 2 sts to a cable needle and hold in front, k2, then k2 from cable needle, sl next 2 sts to cable needle and hold in back, k2, then k2 from cable needle.

Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8: purl 8

Rows 3, 5 and 7 (RS): k 8

The same pattern worked in rounds:

Round 1 as row 1,

Rounds 2 through 8, knit

Reverse stockinette in rows:

Row 1 (RS) purl

Row 2 knit. Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Reverse stockinette in rounds: All rounds purl.

Garter Stitch in rows: all rows knit

Garter Stitch in rounds:

Round 1: knit,

Round 2: purl. Repeat from round 1.

1:1 ribbing in rounds:

All rounds *k1, p1 repeat from * across the round.

Directions

The tunic is knitted bottom up: the front and the back are worked separately to form side slits, then the bodice is worked in rounds up to the underarms. The sleeves are worked bottom up in rounds. The sweater is finished with a round yoke.

Front:

Cast on 96 (104, 112, 132, 152) sts.

Knit 6 rows (garter st).

Row 1 (foundation, RS) and all odd rows, for convenience place marker after each panel:
k 6 (garter st panel); p 6 (10, 14, 19, 24) (reverse stockinette panel); k 8 (horseshoe cable on 8 sts); p 11, k 2, p 11 (right leaf panel on 24 sts); k 8 (horseshoe cable on 8 sts); p 11, k 2, p 11( left leaf panel on 24 sts); k 8 (horseshoe cable on 8 sts), p 6 (10, 14, 19, 24) (reverse stockinette panel), k 6 (garter st panel).

Note: for the leaf panels, work 6 rows like the foundation one: p 11, k 2, p 11. Start the pattern from row 7.

Work 50 rows. Set the working piece aside for the time being.

Back:

Cast on 96 (104, 112, 132, 152) sts and work 50 rows the same way as the front.

Body of the Tunic:

Take the front piece, start working next row as established, transfering the working piece to the circular needles. Work to the end of the row. Take the back piece and work next as established to the end of the back piece, transfering to the same circular needs. Join to form a circle and continue to work in rounds from this point.

Place a marker on the first st of the front to mark the beginning of the round.

Work 5 more rounds as described above. In round 7, work the garter stitch panels (6 sts in the beginning and end of the front and back pieces) as follows: p 5, k 2, p 5. So intead of garter stitch panels you will have reverse stockinette and 2 k sts which imitate the side seam.

Work 40 more rounds as established. While working the last round, bind off the last 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts of the front and first 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts of the back, 8 (12, 16, 20, 24) sts in all; go on working the back, then bind off the last 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts of the back and the first 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts of the front, 8 (12, 16, 20, 24) sts in all.

Move the marker to the first open st on the front, to mark the new point of the beginning of the round.

Set the body aside.

Sleeve:

Cast on 40 sts, join to form a circle, place a marker on the beginning of the round. Work 12 rounds in 1:1 rib.

Round 1 (foundation): k1, m1, p15, k8 (horseshoe cable panel), p15, m1, k1 = 42 sts

In the next row purl the m sts. Work in rounds as established, make 1 st after the first knit st
and before the last knit st in every forth round. Increase total 19 (21, 23, 26, 29) times

Work 118 rounds (the length of the sleeve is 20" (50 cm) ) or to desired length of the sleeve. While working the last round, bind off 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts in the beginning and 4 (6, 8, 10, 12) sts at the end of the round. Set aside.

Work the second sleeve the same way.

Yoke:

Take #8 circular needles 32" long. Work the front as established until the bound off sts, transfering the stitches to the 32" long needles. Go on working the right sleeve, then go on working the back, then work the left sleeve.

Thus you have transferred the work to longer needles and connected all parts together. Don't forget to place a marker at the beginning of the round.

Size S

Work 19 rounds as established.

In round 20 start making one leaf over the k2 sts of the leaf panels: yo, k2 tog, yo. (in the following rounds work the leaf by the pattern)

Work 2 more rounds as established.

In round 23 work the leaf and cables as established, work the purl sts as follows: *p1, p2tog - repeat across the round.

Work rounds 24-30 as established.

In round 31: work *p2tog, p1 - repeat across the round, between the cables.

Work rounds 32-40 as established.

In round 41: *p2tog - repeat across the round between the cables.

Work 2 more rounds (42 and 43) as established.

Size M

Work 21 rounds as established.

In round 22 start making one leaf over the k2 sts of the leaf panels: yo, k2 tog, yo. (in the following rounds work the leaf by the pattern)

Work 2 more rounds as established.

In round 25 work the leaf and cables as established, work the purl sts as follows: *p1, p2tog - repeat across the round.

Work rounds 26-32 as established.

In round 33 work *p2tog, p1 - repeat across the round, between the cables.

Work rounds 34-42 as established.

In round 43: *p2tog - repeat across the round between the cables.

Work 2 more rounds (44 and 45) as established.

Size L

Work 23 rounds as established.

In round 24 start making one leaf over the k2 sts of the leaf panels: yo, k2tog, yo. (in the following rounds work the leaf by the pattern)

Work 2 more rounds as established.

In round 27, work the leaf and cables as established, work the purl sts as follows: *p1, p2tog - repeat across the round.

Work rounds 28-34 as established.

In round 35 work *p2tog, p1 - repeat across the round, between the cables.

Work rounds 36-44 as established.

In round 45: *p2tog - repeat across the round between the cables.

Work 2 more rounds (46 and 47) as established.

Size XL

Work 25 rounds as established.

In round 26 start making one leaf over the k2 sts of the leaf panels: yo, k2 tog, yo. (in the following rounds work the leaf by the pattern)

Work 2 more rounds as established.

In round 29 work the leaf and cables as established, work the purl sts as follows: *p1, p2tog - repeat across the round.

Work rounds 30-36 as established.

In round 37 work *p2tog, p1 - repeat across the round, between the cables.

Work rounds 38-46 as established.

In round 47: *p2tog - repeat across the round between the cables.

Work 2 more rounds (48 and 49) as established.

Size 2X

Work 27 rounds as established.

In round 28 start making one leaf over the k2 sts of the leaf panels: yo, k2 tog, yo. (in the following rounds work the leaf by the pattern)

Work 2 more rounds as established.

In round 31 work the leaf and cables as established, work the purl sts as follows: *p1, p2tog - repeat across the round.

Work rounds 32-38 as established.

In round 39 work *p2tog, p1 - repeat across the round, between the cables.

Work rounds 40-48 as established.

In round 49: *p2tog - repeat across the round between the cables.

Work 2 more rounds (50 and 51) as established.

Shaping the neckline with short rows.

Mark the first and the last sts of the front cable with markers.

Work the front as established to the last st before the first marker on the front cable, wrap, turn, start working back. You are working in rows now, this back row is the wrong side of your work.

Work to the last st before the second marker, wrap, turn. Work the right side row. Work as established to the last 3 sts before the marker, wrap, turn, work back the wrong side row.

Work 12 (14, 16, 16, 16) short rows in all (forward and back), each time increasing the number of sts between the turn and the marker for 2.

Then work in round the 1:1 rib. Work 8-12 rounds of rib. Bind off.

Finishing:

Sew the underarms. Weave in the ends of the yarn.

Enjoy!



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Poster: Azzie
December 16, 2014

Hi: For size S I have all parts together and for armhole I made 19 sts on round 20 I do not understand the meaning of----start making one leaf over the k2 sts of the leaf panels;yo,k2 tog,yo I wish you can help me so far i made such a beautiful sweater. Thank you and happy holiday...
Poster: Elaine Phillips
January 4, 2014

The background is reverse stockinette.
Poster: Barbara Valenti
February 4, 2015

Where is the link for the cowl neck for this sweater? That too is one of the design portions that drew me to this sweater. It is lovely!
Poster: Susan
February 14, 2015

Barbara, at the very top of the pattern, even before the sizes.
Poster: Barbara
March 18, 2015

Thanks Susan. Much appreciated. Just not looking I guess, or looking too hard!
Poster: Elaine Phillips
March 7, 2014

There shouldn't be any problem with the armholes. 50 rows are counted from row 7 of the front (back).
Poster: Susan Minyard
September 27, 2014

I love the pattern and want to make it for my daughter but can't get it to print. Yes, I'm using the printable version but all that prints are the pictures. Can you help?
Poster: Doria
May 4, 2014

This is beautiful, I can't wait to make it.
Poster: DAWNE JANICE MAE GARDNER
March 16, 2014

Anyone know how many stitches I am supposed to have when I start the neck?

Knitting the size M where started with 104 back and front
Poster: Jan Gardner
February 24, 2014

1. For the medium size to make the pattern fit I have cast on 104 stitches. Is this going to cause me a problem when shaping the armholes?
2. where do you count the 50 rows from? a)cast on b)row 1 of pattern c)row 7 of pattern?
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