Since cable pullovers with a skull pattern became very popular lately, my son asked me to knit something cool for him :). Though he never wanted me to create pullovers before (he prefers wearing T-shirts even in winter), now I think he loves the look. And not to forget those 20 girls on Facebook who immediately liked his new avatar :).
More photos (all are clickable):
For size XXL (the young man is almost 2 m = 6.5” tall) I’ve used 730 gr (25.8 oz) of a 100 % wool yarn approx. 178 m (195 yds) in 100 gr (3.5 oz). Such a yarn equals to 10 ply; Aran; Worsted; 4 or Medium.
I noted the differences I’ve made in my pullover (comparing to the original by Alexander McQueen) and left some comments about yarn and knitting process in this Ravelry topic: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/patterns/3047097/1-25#19
Detailed DIAGRAM (for the skull in front) that I have used is below. Click on the file to download it in better resolution.
I’ve knitted the pullover bottom up but with this chart it’s easy to see how to work it top down.
I kindly ask you not to copy this diagram into your blog or sell it – just give the following link for the diagram: https://conceptcreativeblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/knit-cable-pullover-with-skull-pattern-free-diagram/
Thank you for understanding!
Knitting symbols used (clickable):
The pattern on both sides from the skull is the same as in his eyes (right side facing: 1 knit, 1 purl; wrong side facing: purl only). Let’s call it “pattern in the eyes”.
For the mentioned size I started FRONT with 14 purl sts, 1 knit between the patterns, 10 sts “cable chains” (1 purl, 8 knit, 1 purl), 1 knit between the patterns, 13 sts of “pattern in the eyes”, then worked skull as shown in the chart and finished the row symmetrically.
1st row in the BACK: 14 purl sts, 1 knit between the patterns, 10 sts “cable chains” (1 purl, 8 knit, 1 purl), 1 knit between the patterns, 12 sts of “pattern in the eyes”, 1 knit between the patterns, then cable pattern in the centre of the back (4 purl, 4 knit, 6 purl, 4 knit, 6 purl, 4 knit, 6 purl, 4 knit, 4 purl = 42 sts totally); finish the row symmetrically.
Note that later in all rows on the right side ”1 knit between the patterns” will be slipped without knitting it. Purl it on the wrong side.
“Pattern in the eyes” is worked on the right side as charted; purl all stitches of the pattern on the wrong side.
I’ve not charted the centre of the back and “cable chains” because these patterns seam to be easy – in the main picture you’ll see in what direction you need to cross knit sts.