Axial is a cozy winter sweater that features an intricately cabled back that is worked from the center out; it looks more complicated than it is. The center cable resembles that of the human collarbone, making it deserving of its name, Axial, which refers to the portion of the human skeleton that contains the rib bones.
The cardigan features drop shoulder armholes and sleeves, allowing all of the attention to remain squarely on the back of the garment. The fronts feature a deep v-neck with mirrored cables to add a little extra interest to the design, and to keep you interested while knitting. Hems and cuffs are worked in a simple 2×2 rib.
Axial is meant to be worn either as an everyday staple with a great pair of jeans and cute winter ankle boots. Or, dress it up with a structured blouse and pencil skirt. The possibilities are endless! I know I’ll be wearing it with my favorite pair of black skinny jeans, black knee high boots, and a deep v-neck long sleeve tee (in white, of course!).
Finished Size 36 (42, 48, 54, 60)” bust/chest circumference. Cardigan shown in Rowan in 42″ and in Knit Picks in 48”. Cardigan is meant to have a positive ease.
Yarn Rowan, Kid Classic, 70% Lambswool/26% Kid Mohair/4% Nylon; 153yds/50g: #876 Drought, 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) skeins.
Yarn Knit Picks City Tweed Aran/HW, 55% Merino Wool, 24% Superfine Alpaca, 20% Donegal Tweed; 164yds/100g: C108 Jacquard, 7 (7, 8, 9, 9) skeins.
Needles Size 8 (5.0 mm):16” and 24” circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn) and straight for body; Size 7 (4.5 mm):24” circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn) for hems and button band. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle; cable needle; 5 ½” buttons
Gauge 16 sts and 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in St St on larger needles; 26 sts and 28 rows = 4” (10 cm) over Axial Cable pattern on larger needles.
Notes The back of the cardigan is worked from the center out; the two fronts are knit separately flat and from the bottom up. The sides are seamed, and sleeves are picked up and worked in the round from shoulder to wrist.
The back piece is constructed in the same manner for each size, and only differs in the number of rounds worked – more rounds means a larger square for a bigger size. This square is worked in the round and composed of 4 triangle pieces. Each chart represents one triangle piece and is worked 4 times to create the square. There are two 6 stitch cables that border each of these triangles. These cables are worked every 4 rounds for a tight cable. Increases are started between these two 6 stitch cables to allow for the center Axial Cable Panel, a 26 stitch panel, to grow in the center. Increases are incorporated into garter stitch on both sides of the Axial Cable Panel.
It may be helpful to use markers to identify the center panel once it reaches 26 stitches.
The Designer: Klever Knits was created to self-publish my designs, I wanted to enable others to knit interesting, classic pieces. My design aesthetic tends to classic styling with a hint of a modern edge and I like using traditional lace patterns in different weights of yarns. I get especially excited over a well-constructed cable! Neutral palettes of creams and greys tend to be my go-to’s, but I am happy to throw in pops of color here and there! For questions about this pattern please contact Kirsten Singer at email@example.com.