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 beautifulΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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, knitΒ 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.



Β 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!


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

  2. 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!

  3. Kalotaxido!! πŸ˜‰
    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…..!

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

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

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

  7. 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!

  8. Congratulations lovely lady!!! This looks amazing!!! Off to queue the pattern now. πŸ™‚

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

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

    • Бпасибо большоС, ΠœΠ°Ρ€ΡŒΡΠ½Π°!! Π‘Ρ‹Π»ΠΎ слоТно, Π½ΠΎ ΠΎΡ‡Π΅Π½ΡŒ интСрСсно!

  11. 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.

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

    • 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. An absolutely stunning cardigan, congrats on such a beautiful design! And the name is a perfect fit πŸ™‚

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

  15. 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.

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

    • 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 πŸ™‚

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

  18. 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.

    • Thank you, Andrea! It was very tricky, I thought of giving up too many times πŸ™‚ 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. What a stunning knit & design! This is definitely going on the “to knit” list πŸ™‚ beautiful Alina!!

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

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

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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 πŸ™‚

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

  26. 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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