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Zarabel Sweater

Dec 7, 2009
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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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killashandra wrote
on Dec 31, 2010 10:13 AM

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?


RebeccaR@34 wrote
on Nov 28, 2010 10:02 AM
LoraK@3 wrote
on Oct 28, 2010 7:11 AM

How do you download this pattern?

ConnieR wrote
on Oct 14, 2010 8:17 PM

I can't seem ro find the link to download this sweater. 

nerd87 wrote
on Sep 27, 2010 8:35 PM

Where can I download this pattern?

ria.filmer wrote
on Sep 24, 2010 2:17 AM

 I woild like to download the Zarabel pattern if possible please.  It it one of the nicer patterns I have seen for a very long time

Pommier wrote
on Sep 17, 2010 5:50 PM
jsk4x wrote
on Aug 24, 2010 7:17 PM

I can't download this pattern.

Joan Runion wrote
on Jun 6, 2010 4:03 PM

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?


brbourger15 wrote
on Feb 17, 2010 2:11 PM

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.

PoppyPal wrote
on Feb 5, 2010 1:44 PM

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.


Margits wrote
on Feb 4, 2010 6:14 PM

For those who are interested in seeing more photos of the sweater, you can see me modeling the sweater (standing up) on Ravelry: or on flickr:

Amanda@3 wrote
on Feb 1, 2010 10:04 AM

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.

bycnan wrote
on Feb 1, 2010 7:07 AM

I was unable to download this pattern

PoppyPal wrote
on Jan 31, 2010 1:02 PM

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.


GeorgetteT wrote
on Jan 30, 2010 10:32 AM

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.

Robyn@29 wrote
on Jan 30, 2010 8:49 AM

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.


Tillie Cobb wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 10:05 PM

Thank you for this beautiful pattern.  I love the lacy look. 

DianneS@9 wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 9:15 PM

I did a search on the suggested yarn. It is classified as 3.

rkr4cds wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 8:03 PM

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!!!


JoanneS@24 wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 4:46 PM

I put the pattern in a plastic sheet and then use painters tape to mark the rows joanne

Tulipe67 wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 1:44 PM

This a very nice sweater. Thank you very much for this pattern !

JuliaB@2 wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 1:31 PM

i may be too picky, but the designs do not match at the sleeve/body join and this looks sloppy.

mfebber wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 11:50 AM

I second the request for a yarn weight indicator . . . would really be helpful.  Thanks!

amerchan wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 11:49 AM

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.

on Jan 29, 2010 10:40 AM

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.

on Jan 29, 2010 10:24 AM

Thank you for showing an inset pic of the cable decreases required for this pattern. It's going on needles this weekend for my swatch!

Helene RL wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 10:12 AM

Very pretty. The lace "air-conditioning" and lighter-weight yarn make it more practical for us southerners than the usual aran-weight cable pullovers.

on Jan 29, 2010 9:17 AM
When I do a sweater with a busy graph I color code my graph and th above symbols, then I can see in instant what I'm to do. Claudia
borseval wrote
on Jan 29, 2010 8:02 AM

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.