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Reindeer Cable Cardigan Pattern

I am happy to present you Reindeer Cable Cardigan pattern.

Cable Cardigan Pattern

The idea of the design came to me in July, but it took me more than 4 months to bring it to life. After knitting countless swatches, I got to know merino/silk blend enough to narrow my choice to 2 main stitch patterns – the main cable panel running on the back and the textured stitch for the hem, neck band and sleeve cuffs. I approached the design from two points that I am sure are important for many knitters – an engaging knit and a wearable final product. I wanted to create a pattern that will keep your mind busy, but at the same time will be relaxing enough to become a good movie companion. The textured stitch that “frames” the garment is a great alternative to a classic ribbing – it’s very easy to knit and it creates beautiful contrast with the plain stockinette background.

Cable Cardigan Pattern

One of the hardest things for me was to give the pattern a name. As it’s the first official pattern, I wanted it to be personal and very “me”. Brain storming didn’t help at all! But one weekend when I was taking a long walk with my dog, the word reindeer sprang up in my head and it felt so perfect. My Mom used to call me Alinenok when I was little, which sounds exactly like “little deer” in Russian. Since then my close friends and family often call me this name. And something about the way the cables are intertwined in the panel reminds me of this noble and grand animal. And now, as Christmas is coming, I realize that it was the perfect choice 🙂

Cable Cardigan Pattern

Reindeer is a standard-fitting open cardigan. The body is worked in one piece back and forth without joining to armholes; then divided to work back and fronts separately. 40 stitch central cable panel won’t let you get bored! I bet you will want to knit one more row, and then one more to see how the cables are forming a pattern. There is a slight waist shaping to create a nice fit.

Cable Cardigan Pattern

After you are done with the body of a cardigan, shoulders are joined and sleeves are picked up from armholes and worked in a round to a cuff. The cap is shaped with short rows to ensure the perfect fit.

Cable Cardigan Pattern

The bands are picked up and knitted last. The last rows of the bands are knit using smaller needles to “pull” the cardigan together. You can also experiment and make bands much wider to wrap yourself even more in the softness of this textured stitch.

One of my favorite details in these design is the sleeves. I designed them “on the needles”, experimenting with different stitch placement and finally came up with the textured stripes that gradually turn into a sleeve cuff mirroring the neckband and the hem stitch pattern. In the pattern you will find a little tutorial that will help you to create the perfect textured stripes in the round. I will also share it on the blog next week! The pattern gives you the opportunity to modify the sleeve length. You know how I love modifications and I encourage you to experiment with this! Lovely Johanna, a talented knitter from Finland, knit 3/4 sleeves for her Reindeer cardi and they look great! You can also make the sleeves extra long, if you wish.

Cable Cardigan Pattern

The pattern provides schematics, detailed measurements of the garment and a cable chart pattern with written instructions. I used color in the cable chart to facilitate the reading.

And now the winner of the Mystery Pattern giveaway… Angela (Ravelry ID – harknessangels)!!! Congratulations! You will receive the copy of Reindeer Cable Cardigan today!

General Pattern Information

The pattern is graded for 8 sizes. The sample is shown in size S with 1 1/2 – 2″ ease.


  • XS (32″/81cm)
  • S (34″/86 cm)
  • M (37″/94 cm)
  • L (40″/ 101.5 cm)
  • XL (43″/109 cm)
  • XXL (46″/116 cm)
  • 3XL (49″/124.5 cm)
  • 4XL (52″/132 cm)


Chest/Bust at Underarm: 34 (36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54)” [86 (91.5, 99, 106.5, 114, 122, 129.5, 137) cm]

Finished Length: 28 3/4 (28 3/4, 29, 29, 29 1/2, 29 1/2, 30, 30)” [73 (73, 74, 74, 75, 75, 76, 76) cm]


17 sts x 21 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in St st on larger needles after blocking.



 9 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14) skeins of Knit Picks Gloss DK weight yarn (123 yds or 112 m/50 g; 70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk) colourway Hawk or any other DK weight yarn which gives you the proper gauge.

Please keep in mind that the yardage is an estimate.


  • US size 6 [4 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle
  • US size 7 [4.5 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle or size to obtain correct gauge.
  • Optional – US size 7 [4.5 mm] double-pointed needles (set of 4) for the sleeves. You can use US size 7 [4.5 mm] 31″ [80 cm] circular needle to work the sleeves using the magic loop method.
  • Cable needle


  • 3 stitch markers
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle

Reindeer Cable Cardigan is available for $6.50

I would love to take a moment and thank my wonderful test knitters! Some are still working on their cardis and some already took absolutely beautiful pictures of the finished Reindeer that they will soon link to the pattern page. I really love how international this test knit was – lovely knitters from Japan, Finland, Lithuania, USA. If you read my World Carfters interview series, you know how fascinated I am with combination of fiber crafts and different corners of the world, so it really means a lot to me to see Reindeer taking shape on different continents!

I am also deeply grateful to all and each of you for your support, your sweet comments and emails. This has been such an exciting project for me and I really hope you will enjoy knitting it. Feel free to write me any questions at or I will be happy to help you!

Happy knitting!


By | 2017-02-13T18:58:17+00:00 December 13th, 2015|Knitting, Pattern|51 Comments


  1. Carmela Biscuit December 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Alina, congratulations! This is such a beautiful and cleverly thought cardigan, you’ve done an amazing work!

    • Alina December 13, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Carmela! I’ve been working on it for so long that I can’t believe it’s actually published!

  2. Corinne December 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Awesome. This looks really stunning. I will have to add it to my queue and hope that I’ll find time to knit it one of these days. I really love the cables down the back!

    • Alina December 13, 2015 at 4:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Corinne! I would be thrilled to see it knitted by you!

  3. Zeta December 13, 2015 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Kalotaxido!! 😉
    I’m dazzled by the beauty of that cardigan as well as yours on those photos!
    It’s such a great pattern! I think I’ll see many “Reindeers” around…..!

    • Alina December 13, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you, dear Zeta! My husband did a great job with the photos!

  4. Wendy December 13, 2015 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Wow! Really beautiful pattern, and it looks like it would have such a nice fit. All the design details look just right. So talented.

    • Alina December 13, 2015 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your sweet words, Wendy!

  5. DKnits December 13, 2015 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous design Alina! I love it and it goes straight to my queue list!

    • Alina December 13, 2015 at 6:44 pm - Reply

      Oh, thank you, Dona!!!

  6. Tracey December 13, 2015 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    You are wonderful, the cardigan is wonderful and as soon as I can I will be casting this on.

    • Alina December 13, 2015 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Tracey! It would be so exciting to see it cast on by you!

  7. Becki December 13, 2015 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Oh Alina, this is just gorgeous. I’ve never wished I could knit as much as I did as I read your description of the design of this beautiful cardigan. And I agree… the name you gave the pattern is perfect. And the pictures are terrific!

    • Alina December 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for such wonderful words of support, Becki!

  8. Nicky December 13, 2015 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Congratulations lovely lady!!! This looks amazing!!! Off to queue the pattern now. 🙂

    • Alina December 14, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for your support, dear Nicky! It means a lot!

  9. steph December 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    i fall more in love with this every time I see it!!! Lovely!!!

    • Alina December 14, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Thank you, Steph!!!

  10. Maryana Melnik December 14, 2015 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Alina, this cardigan is very beautiful, congratulations to the beginning!!!)))

    • Alina December 14, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Спасибо большое, Марьяна!! Было сложно, но очень интересно!

  11. Alexis December 14, 2015 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Yay! It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to knit it. It’s definitely going to be a piece of selfish knitting, because I am dying to wear it.

    • Alina December 14, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, dear Alexis! I hope you will enjoy knitting it as much as I did!

  12. José December 14, 2015 at 5:55 am - Reply

    O wow… This is absolutely gorgeous ! I really love how the textured stitch on the bands look, gives it quite the different appeal

    • Alina December 14, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

      Thank you so much!!! I am so happy to hear that you like the textured stitch – it took me countless number of swatches to choose the perfect one. I am also very pleased that it’s very easy to knit!

  13. Tahnee December 14, 2015 at 6:03 am - Reply

    An absolutely stunning cardigan, congrats on such a beautiful design! And the name is a perfect fit 🙂

    • Alina December 14, 2015 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Tahnee! It’s so funny that the name came to me when I was not thinking about it at all! I guess ut was Eureka moment 🙂

  14. Mariette December 14, 2015 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Congratulations Alina with your first pattern! I love your cardigan!

    • Alina December 14, 2015 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Thank you, Mariette!

  15. sustainablemum December 14, 2015 at 6:43 am - Reply

    It’s stunning. I love the pattern and the colour you have used. I am going off to add it to my queue now, I really want to knit one for myself. You are very talented.

    • Alina December 14, 2015 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Thank you so much! So grateful for your support!

  16. Pat December 14, 2015 at 10:40 am - Reply

    It is gorgeous. I can’t wait to knit it. You put so much work into this pattern and it shows. Congratulations!

    • Alina December 15, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Thank you, Pat, for your support! I think this project is the hardest thing that I have ever done. Seriously! My graduation paper is a piece pf cake compared to this 🙂

  17. Gail December 14, 2015 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Hi Alina, I love your first pattern. You did a fantastic job. I will be knitting this one for sure!

    • Alina December 15, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Gail! So excited to see this design recreated by other knitters!!! Makes me so so happy!

  18. Andrea @ This Knitted Life December 14, 2015 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Uh, that is quite the achievement my dear. Very tricky to design something that actually has to, you know, fit (as opposed to a hat or a scarf.) Well done. Kudos. Kudos. Kudos.

    • Alina December 15, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! It was very tricky, I thought of giving up too many times 🙂 I thought about trying to design a simple shawl, but I am and always was a garment knitter, so I decided to stay true to myself and just work hard!

  19. Jenna K December 14, 2015 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    What a stunning knit & design! This is definitely going on the “to knit” list 🙂 beautiful Alina!!

    • Alina December 15, 2015 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Oh, thank you, Jenna!! I am really overwhelmed with the support of this great knitting community!

  20. Katherine December 15, 2015 at 3:48 am - Reply

    Wonderful cardigan – I particularly love the detail on the sleeves – so elegant.

    • Alina December 15, 2015 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Thank you, Katherine! Detail on the sleeves is my favorite!! So happy that I took the time to experiment with it!

  21. Carmen N December 15, 2015 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pattern – and the yarn you choose looks so wonderfully soft!

    • Alina December 15, 2015 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Carmen! Yes, the yarn is really soft and such a joy to work with!

  22. Sarah December 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Wow, it looks so nice — clean yet busy. Nice balance.

    • Alina December 15, 2015 at 9:13 pm - Reply

      Thank you for your feedback, Sarah! This is exactly what I was trying to achieve in this design!

  23. Julie December 15, 2015 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, your Reindeer cardigan is utterly beautiful, it’s amazing that it is your first design- it looks so sophisticated and well thought out! I love it.

    • Alina December 15, 2015 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Julie! I’ve been working on it for so long that it seems it’s been with me forever 🙂

  24. Tien December 17, 2015 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    It’s absolutely gorgeous! I can tell that you put a lot of thought into the design and details. The textured stitch that make up the bands is my favorite feature. Simple but pulls the whole cardigan together. Also love the fact that the yarn used is accessible and affordable. I’ve not tried gloss dk so your beautiful pattern will give me a great opportunity to experiment with this merino/silk blend yarn. The name that you chose for your first pattern is perfect 🙂

    • Alina December 18, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Tien! I really enjoyed working with Gloss – so soft and has great stitch definition!

  25. Rebecca December 19, 2015 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    A really excellent achievement and a beautifully realised design. You have such an elegant approach. Best wishes for its well deserved success.

    • Alina December 20, 2015 at 12:17 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! I am so grateful for the support!

  26. Confidence January 17, 2017 at 4:10 am - Reply

    I love this and I want to make it

    How many stitches do I select for my casting on

    At what row counter do I start the decrease when will I create my bind off and what number in the row counter will be my finishing

    Also how do I create the cable

    Please help me I really want to try thank you

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