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Braided Riding Jacket

Nov 23, 2009
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Women's experienced cardigan with cables, bobbles and V-neck. The lower body peplum is worked in one piece. The upper body is worked in two pieces—a right sleeve/upper body and left sleeve/upper body, worked from cuff to center back and then seamed together at the center upper back.

Designer Coralie Meslin
Finished Size 33½ (36½, 39½, 42½, 44½, 47½)" bust circumference, buttoned and including 2½" front band. Jacket shown measures 36½", modeled with 1–2" positive ease.
Yarn Tahki Tweedy Alpaca (60% wool, 30% baby alpaca, 7% acrylic, 3% viscose; 81 yd [74 m]/50 g): #013 olive, 19 (21, 23, 24, 26, 28) skeins.
Needles Edging, sleeves, and upper body—size 10 (6 mm): 32" circular (cir). Peplum—size 9 (5.5 mm): 32" cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
• Cable needle (cn);
• small amount of waste yarn;
• stitch holder (optional);
• tapestry needle;
• six ⅞" buttons (see Notes, page 62).
Gauge 15 sts and 22 rows = 4" in St st on smaller needles; 16 sts and 22 rows = 4" in rib and bobble patt on smaller needles; 19 sts and 28 rows = 4" in wave cable patt on larger needles; 22 sts and 15 rows = 4" in wrapped st on larger needles; 34 (68) sts of Front (Back) Cable from charts measure about 6¼ (12½)" wide on smaller needles; 68 rows of both cable charts measure 12¼" high on smaller needles.

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lilbits mom wrote
on Apr 8, 2010 6:49 AM

I too have got the bottom of this sweater completed. I have started the sleeves 4 times and cannot get it to the correct guage. It is a very time consuming stitch. I'm trying to figure out another stitch to use but as of yet cannot come up with anything. If I do I will certainly share

ArlynnA wrote
on Feb 23, 2010 4:47 AM

I'm so glad you saw the light!

I wish I had till christmas to finish. 

Yes my body part looks like the photo. My sisters commented that it's not a sweater but a work of art.

My Husband thinks it's a bit over the top design wise. but his a no frills kind of guy.

I'm knitting it in shades of pink for his Mom. It's so heavy I hope she can support the weight!

lol with yours

abukadra wrote
on Feb 22, 2010 3:58 PM

OK OK, the light came on....

I had been working from the stitch description on page 56, entirely missing the necessary information on page 58...

It's really thick, can't help feeling it would crochet up much faster and look the same.... if I could crochet,

maybe I'll finish it for Christmas.

abukadra wrote
on Feb 21, 2010 11:16 AM

Are you wrapping the same 3 stitches both sides like a rib? or staggering them? if so, by how many?

It uses a huge amount of yarn, the body took very little so I thought I had way too much yarn.... now I see where it's going!

Does your aran section look like the picture? mine doesn't, but I can't figure why, the pattern is there but not nearly as pronounced as the photograph. 




ArlynnA wrote
on Feb 20, 2010 4:28 AM

I decided to just go for it and follow the pattern for the sleeves.

Knitting looser than I always do makes the sleeves a little less bulky, but only a little.

It is a very time consuming stitch. I was hoping the sleeves would go faster as I'm trying to finish this sweater for my Mother in Laws birthday in March. I wqsn't planning on giving her such a thick sweater. It doesn't appear like that in the picture.That model must be really skinny.

Did you figure out the wrapping part? It's the same for the knit and purl side. Always counter clockwise.

I don't know if that helps. But thats how I've been doing it.


abukadra wrote
on Feb 19, 2010 3:44 PM

I e-mailed Interweave Knits with my questions, but they failed to respond.

It is a very time consuming stitch, much more so than the chart. It works out to be very thick, and needs to be to support the weight of the bottom half. I can't think of a stitch that is dense enough that could be substituted, then there would be size issues. Such a lot of work went into this project, I am really disappointed.

ann a

ArlynnA wrote
on Feb 16, 2010 2:34 PM

I too have finished the lower body part.

I don't know how tight to wrap the 3 stitches.

This seems like a very time consuming stitch.

Has anyone tried something else?

ArlynnA wrote
on Feb 16, 2010 2:32 PM
abukadra wrote
on Feb 11, 2010 10:43 AM

I have completed the lower part of this sweater, but I am having trouble with the 'Wrap 3" stitch.

There is very little information on the pattern. I need to know if the wrap 3 is worked on the right and wrong side, or purl back, also it appears from the picture that the wrap 3's are staggered like seed stitch, not in rows, but as there are 3 stitches in each wrap, they cannot be divided equally


ann albisser, yukon, canada

AmyPalmer wrote
on Jan 15, 2010 10:49 AM

Hi all! The pattern for this cardigan can be found in the Winter 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. 

on Jan 4, 2010 9:44 PM


on Jan 3, 2010 4:20 PM

This is such a beautiful sweater.  Where are the cable chart to be gotten?

The direction are very vague, and for one that needs directions and charts what you have given is to no avale.

please assist in forwarding the info needed so that I may create this beautiful sweater.

on Nov 30, 2009 4:15 PM

am unable to download the pattern for the braided riding jacket.  It looks difficult but I would love to try it