Knit a child's cabled pullover

Several interesting cabled panels are featured in this design: twisted stitches that zig and zag, vertical braids, and a beautiful central panel that's comprised of entwined hearts.

By Melissa Leapman

Knit a cabled sweater: Part 1

Try knitting this awesome cabled sweater for your little one.

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Skill level

Intermediate

Sizes
Child's size 2 (4, 6, 8). Instructions are for smallest size, with changes for other sizes noted in parentheses as necessary.

Finished measurements
Chest: 26 (29, 31-1/2, 34)"
Total length: 14 (15, 16, 17)"

Materials
• Westminster Fibers/Jaeger's Baby Merino DK (3-DK weight; 100% wool; each approx 1-3/4 oz/50 g and 130 yd/120 m), 7 (7, 8, 9) balls in #227 Rose
• One pair each of sizes 4 and 5 (3.5 and 3.75 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
• One cable needle
• Three stitch markers
• One blunt-end yarn needle

Gauge
In Box St Patt with larger needles, 26 sts and 34 rows = 4". To save time, take time to check gauge.

Stitch patterns
Twisted Rib Pattern (mult 2 + 1 sts)
Row 1 (RS): *K next st through back loop, P1. Repeat from * across, ending row with K next st through back loop.
Row 2: *P next st through back loop, K1. Repeat from * across, ending row with P next st through back loop.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for patt.

Box Stitch Pattern (mult 4 + 2 sts)
Row 1 (RS): *K2, P2. Repeat from * across, ending row with K2.
Row 2: *P2, K2. Repeat from * across, ending row with P2.
Row 3: As Row 2.
Row 4: As Row 1.
Repeat Rows 1-4 for patt.

Right and Left Cable Pattern
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Back
With smaller needles, CO 95 (103, 111, 119) sts.

Beg Twisted Rib Patt and work even until piece measures approx 1-1/2" from beg, ending after RS row.

Next Row (WS): Cont patt as established, and work across first 15 (19, 23, 27) sts, M1, work 2 sts, M1, work 3 sts, M1, work 6 sts, M1, work 14 sts, M1, work 3 sts, M1, work 4 sts, M1, (work 2 sts, M1) two times, work 4 sts, M1, work 2 sts, M1, work 14 sts, M1, work 7 sts, M1, (work 2 sts, M1) two times, (work 5 sts, M1) two times, work across to end row -- 112 (120, 128, 136 ) sts.

Change to larger needles, work Row 1 of Box St Patt over first 10 (14, 18, 22) sts, place marker, work Row 1 of Right Cable Patt over next 46 sts, place marker, work Left Cable Patt over next 46 sts, place marker, work Row 1 of Box St Patt to end row.

Cont even in patts as established until piece measures approx 8-1/2 (9, 9-1/2, 10)" from beg, ending after WS row.

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