Zarabel Sweater

Zarabel was a limited edition free pattern. If you would like this pattern, it is available in the Interweave Store for $6.00.

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Sweaters, Womens
Kathleen Cubley

About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

30 thoughts on “Zarabel Sweater

  1. Good idea on a sticky note to follow graph.  I make a copy a copy of the graph and then highlight my finished rows.  I learned that from cross stitching patterns that are more complicated.

  2. Could you put a yarn weight symbol beside the name of the yarn used? That is, a 2, 3, 4 etc. It isn’t always possible to obtain the yarn listed on a pattern, and it makes substitution much easier if one has a category for switching — DK vs. Heavy Worsted or whatever.

    Secondly, it would be really nice to see a full frontal photo. I went through the entire pattern and there are extra photos, but not of the full front. Those of us with post-menopause bustlines need to examine the cabling design closely to make sure that ridges, bobbles, twists, etc., don’t accentuate what we already have too much of.

    Otherwise, it is a very lovely pattern — not perhaps for middle-aged me, but for a younger daughter or granddaughter.

  3. I’m a big believer in placing markers at strategic places, regardless of whether the pattern instructions call for it.  When you’re working a complex set of cable patterns over 100+ stitches, you need to segregate the work into discrete sections.  I then, similarly, mark off the sections on the chart so that the sections what I’ve got on my needles corresponds to what’s in front of me on the chart.  Just as the post-it note makes it easier vertically, this makes it easier horizontally.

  4. Wowee WOW!! This one is either STUNNINGLY Complex or Complexedly Stunning!

    Something we advanced knitters can finally really sink our teeth into – Thank YOU!!

    Though I sure do NOT like the idea of negative ease and will be doing some experimenting with that before proceeding, just as I will be re-directing some of the patts so that they meet their opposing ones from the opposite direction (I too demand that patts match at the seams!): once I begin I’ll not be ripping out!

    Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!


  5. Wow this is a beautiful sweater to challege & grow my skills as a knitter.  I love the shaping over the bust & front shoulders. Other patterns that don’t have this feature seem to always be too bulky in this area. Once I get the basic shaping down, I will vary the pattern to make simular shaped sweaters in different yarns.

    I really appreciate the tips other readers have given about following charts- the sticky notes & coloring vertical sections and using markers in the knitting or highlighting finished rows. My middle aged eyes have trouble keeping my place in charts & I keep loosing my place so have stayed away from charted patterns. I will try some of these methods. Thank You.

    Thank you Kathleen for these posts, I always get new ideas & learn something new from them.


  6. Wow!!!This is way beyond my abilities as a knitter, but it is so gorgeous, it catches one’s breath.  I’ll just hang onto it, in the    hope that I may be as good one day as my mother, who used bobby pins while cabling without thinking about it.  She’d just reach into her hair, pull one out and use it without much pause.  This pattern is as amazing as she was.  Thanks.

  7. Lovely sweater.   I love the combination of lace and cables. The design is lovely the execution/photography – not so much.

    I do have a complaint about the execution of the sweater.  In the photos on page 9 of the pattern – specifically the bottom right hand photo of the back it looks like there is a “goof” in the knitting.  It may be that the sweater is just pulling too tightly across the back and the stitches are distorted or else somebody did not take the time to redo a missed step in the knitting.  I have had this complaint before about projects photographed for this magazine and others the finished project is not as polished as it should be.  It looks like the knitting just had to get done for the photo shoot and – we’ll just let that spot slide on through.

    I also feel like that showing a garment with negative ease does a disservice to those of us who are not quite as svelte as the models that are wearing the garment. 

    Please in the future make sure that what you show in photographs is “perfect” and more as the garment is supposed to be worn this particular sweater looks like it is a size too small even for this model.  The sleeves are too short and the hem does not hit her at a flattering spot – to say nothing about the fact that the shoulder area looks like it is pulling and distorted.


  8. I agree with a previous poster that the sweater doesn’t appear to fit the model well – and the negative ease distorts the shoulders (or at least appears to) in the photos of the back. It would have been nice to see this with more ease. I would have also appreciated seeing it on a standing model who wasn’t covering her body with one arm.

  9. The cable details and the lace detail are beautiful.

    However, after looking at all of the additional pictures, my original comments stand. 

    There seem to be visible yarn joins in the middle of the shoulder blade area on the back of the sweater which in a smooth yarn and stockinette stitch show up as lumps and bumps.  I also think that the bottom front ribbing is showing as wavy and when I would guess that the intent is for it to be straight across.


  10. Has anyone else gotten to row 41 on the side cables? I think there might be a mistake but want a secnd opinion. The middle cable in the row is shown as a sl2 to front, p2, k2 from cn….. I think it should be sl2 to front, k2, k2 from cn. Thanks for the help.

  11. I’d like to try this sweater but I’m not sure about the negative ease. Any pointers on how to make a looser fit?

    Also I’d like to try my handspun with this. My swatches look good. It’s a super wash merino. I’m still trying to figure out the size of the yarn to spin and to be consistant in the spinning. Do you think it would work?


  12. I love this sweater and would love to download the free pattern but I have spent over an hour trying to find it on your site, the free pattern link just takes me to the picture of it from the blog, I went through every free pattern listed on your site and none of them were this sweater.  Even when I clicked on the link “download now:” it just took me to your home page and no pattern.  How do I get this pattern??? HELP?