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Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Serena


Free jumper knitting pattern; cable knitting for beginners

We have a lot of exciting news this week from Sirdar. It all started when they brought out 4 new yarns, and we decided to take the plunge and stock the whole Sirdar range.

Naturally, the best way to celebrate this was with everybody’s favourite: a free knitting pattern! One of the new (to us) yarns is Big Bamboo: a wonderful super-chunky yarn with a light chain construction. A blend of bamboo, wool and acrylic, Big Bamboo is machine-washable, wonderfully soft and a great fun yarn.


To download the pattern: either on the picture above or the button below, click and the pattern will open in a separate window. If that doesn’t work, right-click instead and select ‘Save link as…) This will save the pattern as a pdf on your computer, which you can then find and print!


The jumper is photographed here in shades Roan (213) and Kindle (214) – but Big Bamboo comes in 13 colours so take your pick!



Even better, for the launch of our new Sirdar range we’re offering 10% off all Sirdar and Snuggly yarns with the discount code 10SNUGGLES.

Knitting cables

We hear from a lot of knitters who are filled with trepidation at trying cable knitting for the first time, so a really simple super-chunky cable jumper seemed perfect – and it’s nice enough for more established knitters too of course.

Knitting cables is really not difficult or complicated. If you look at a cable pattern, it looks as if the stitches are crossed over each other (like two strands of a rope). Well actually, that’s exactly what you do! Let’s say you’re knitting a simple rope cable, with two strands each made up of three stitches. So stitches 1, 2 and 3 make up strand A of the rope, and stitches 4, 5 and 6 make up strand B.

When you get to the cable part of the pattern, just move stitches 1, 2 and 3 off your knitting needle and out of the way (usually holding them on a cable needle) so you can knit stitches 4, 5 and 6 first. Then you go back and knit the ‘held’ stitches… and just like that, stitches 1, 2 and 3 now come after stitches 4, 5 and 6, and the two strands of your rope have crossed over each other. If you hold your cable needle with stitches 1, 2 and 3 on in front of your work while knitting, strand A will cross over Strand B; if you hold the cable needle behind your work, then Strand B will cross over strand A.

(You don’t have to use a cable needle; I often grab a spare knitting needle to hold cable stitches on, and have even been known to use a pencil! But a cable needle does make it easier).

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Serena loves sunshine, strawberries and Great Danes. She has gone from non-knitter to yarn obsessive in under two years, and is determined to drag the rest of the world along with her.

15 Responses to Free jumper knitting pattern; cable knitting for beginners

  1. Marty says:

    nice cables

  2. Gayla Spaulding says:

    It’s best to use an actual cable needle. I’ve tried using a spare needle in the past and had my work slip off! These cables are beautiful, though!

  3. MargaretPurdie says:

    Bought my wool from you excellent for this cable pattern

  4. Jean Swain says:

    Where is the download button please to download this free pattern?

  5. Susan says:

    Just click on the pattern Jean.

  6. Elaine Hughes says:

    This will not download by clicking on he pattern and I have allowd pop ups on this site –

    any ideas, please?

  7. Jeanette Brodie says:

    What a lovely pattern. Definitely next on the list thank you.

    Elaine I have just downloaded this. You click on the pattern and then the bar along the bottom is asking that you allow this? Hope that helps

  8. Elizabeth Bacon says:

    Thanks for this great free pattern, will definitely be on my needles very soon. Have just finished my 3rd scarf/shawl, using Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace, so now looking forward to something a bit different and more chunky. :)

  9. Elaine Hughes says:

    Thank you Jeanette.

  10. marilyn parry says:

    lovely pattern, can’t wait to knit it.

  11. shan cross says:

    a fad free pattern cant what to make

  12. Joy Parkin says:

    I clicked on the picture and it downloaded for me. Hope you can get it its a lovely pattern.

  13. joy says:

    i want to try cabling so this looks ideal for me i love this site

  14. Joy Ward says:

    My granddaughter saw this free pattern and liked it, looked at colours of wool, she picked one =, ordered and just waiting for wool to start. Thankm you.

  15. Pam says:

    I love cables but I would like to have a pattern for a cardigan in complete cable stitches, with a crew neck no v-necks. They were popular in the 70″s. Can you help me find one or even tell me how to design one.

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