Geiger by Norah Gaughan


January 2018
DK (11 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1655 - 2755 yards (1513 - 2519 m)
33½ (36½, 40½, 45, 49, 53)" [85 (92.5, 103, 114.5, 124.5, 134.5) cm] circumference at chest
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Ornately cabled and beautifully tailored, this cardigan inspired by Tyrolean jackets invites a full spectrum of styling choices. Medallion cables climb the fronts, sleeves, and back at a diminishing scale, eventually twining into an ornate braid that takes full advantage of Arbor’s excellent stitch definition. German short rows, transitions in background fabric, and traveling columns of ribbing create flattering lines and a precise fit. Twisted-rib button bands perfected with a picot bind-off are just one example of the delights in this pattern that await the advanced knitter.


  • This cardigan is worked in separate pieces from the bottom up, and then sewn together. The button band is picked up and worked after garment assembly.
  • Short Rows: German Method reduce the excess fabric created at the sides of the garment by the slope of the pattern shifting (the combination of the decreases next to the chart and the increases at the center of the body).

12 (13, 14, 16, 18, 19) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (100% American Targhee wool; 145 yards/50 grams)

Photographed in color Kettle & Klimt

1655 (1775, 1980, 2305, 2540, 2755) total yards of DK weight wool yarn

23 stitches & 34 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

52-stitch panel from Lower Left-Leaning or Right-Leaning Chart = 6½" wide (at bottom)

28-stitch panel from Upper Left-Leaning or Right-Leaning Chart = 3" wide (from Rows 1–24)

23-stitch panel from Upper Left-Leaning or Right-Leaning Chart = 2½" wide (from Rows 37–52)

56-stitch panel from Lower Left or Right Sleeve Chart = 7" wide (at bottom)

12-stitch panel from Upper Left or Right Sleeve Chart = 1" wide

Note: All gauges are on Size A needle(s), after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric and Ribbing)
One pair of straight needles or a 32" circular needle* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 3¾ mm (US 5)

Size B (for Buttonband)
One 40" circular needle, two sizes smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 3¼ mm (US 3)

*Knitter’s preferred style of needle may be used

Finished Dimensions
33½ (36½, 40½, 45, 49, 53)" [85 (92.5, 103, 114.5, 124.5, 134.5) cm] circumference at chest

Sample shown is size 36½" [89.5 cm] with 4½" [11.5 cm] ease on model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern
Rib Cabled Cast On
Short Rows: German Method
Sloped Bind Off
Joinery Bind Off

Skill Level
5 out of 5

Our sincerest thanks goes to our translators: Bianca French (German), Marina Melnikova (Russian), Sophie Oudry-Braillon (French), and our Japanese translator (who wishes to remain anonymous).

Please note: the stitch patterns for this garment are charted only.