Armor yourself in cables — Eisley, by Meghan Babin, is a soft, light shield from the elements, featuring interlocking V-cable motifs on the lower body, which are naturally overtaken by the central V-cable motif. The diagonal lines are crafted with intuitive 2x2 cable crossings on a simplified modified-drop-shoulder silhouette, making this pattern easy to memorize while working for a meditative knitting experience. A slightly cropped length gives the sweater a modern fit that works as well with dresses as it does with high-waisted jeans or trousers.
Eisley’s front + back are worked from the bottom up, blocked, then joined at the shoulders from held stitches with a three-needle bind off. The sleeves are picked up at the armholes and worked from the top down, featuring the same central cable motif for additional protection from the elements. The neckband is picked up and worked in the round. Finally, the underarms and sides are seamed and a final block to set the sleeves and seams.
NOTE: This is an ADVANCED pattern; the upper body of this sweater IS NOT charted. The cable motif is well-established and repetitive by this point, and once established is easy to memorize and refer to the main charts for the central cable repeat every six rows. The diagonal cables are repetitive 2x2 cable crossings and simply repeat until there aren’t enough sts to complete a crossing.
Type: Digital Download
Designer: Meghan Babin
Skill Level: 5 out of 5
Yarn: Hudson + West Co. Weld (70% U.S. Merino / 30% U.S. Corriedale; 200 yds [183 m]; 1.76 oz. [50 g]): raven (black), 9 (10, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 14, 15) skeins.
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9); 37.75 (41.75, 45.5, 49.5, 53.25, 57.25, 61, 65, 68.75)” [96 (106, 115.5, 125.5, 135.5, 145.5, 155, 165, 174.5) cm] finished chest circumference. Pullover shown on Laura measures 53.25” [135.5 cm], worn with 19.25” [49 cm] of positive ease on Laura. Recommeneded ease: 4-20” [10-51 cm], depending on fit preference.
Note: Shown here and Ravelry on Megh with 4.75" [12 cm] positive ease.
Size A (for body and sleeves): US 4 [3.5 mm]: 32” [80 cm] circ and 16” [40 cm] circ.
Size B (for ribbing, cuffs, and neckband): US 3 [3.25 mm]: 32” [80 cm] circ and 16” [40 cm] circ.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Cable needle (cn); tapestry needle; stitch markers (m); waste yarn.
33 sts and 44 rows = 4” [10 cm] in 2x2 Rib on Size B needle, after blocking.
33 sts and 44 rows = 4” [10 cm] in Charted patt on Size A needle, after blocking.
Note: The cable pattern expands dramatically with wet blocking; take time to wet-block your swatch as you would your finished garment. Additionally, take time to swatch the 2x2 rib, as they are both crucial to the fit.
Increasing; decreasing; cabling with or without a cable needle; circular knitting; picking up stitches; seaming; working in pattern “as established.”
About the Designer
Meghan Babin (she/her) is the co-founder of Hudson + West Co. She’s the former editor of Interweave Knits, knit.wear, and creator and editor of Wool Studio. She hails from the lower Hudson Valley region of New York where she currently lives, designs, and runs H+W HQ East. Her de- signs and creative work are largely inspired by the dichotomy between New York City and the wilds of the Hudson Valley. Follow her on Instagram @meggospurls. Find all her designs on Ravelry.