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  1. LM Clancy
    December 13, 2021 @ 5:27 am

    Hi – I’m knitting size 2-4 in the antler pattern and am having difficulty understanding the decrease section for the yoke.
    Per instructions I have 135 sts and need to decrease to 90sts after row 9. As I read the chart, my decreases get me to 102 sts
    I calculate the decreases to be 33 sts : Row 1 =14 sts, Row 5 = 12sts, row 9 =7sts. I’m missing 12 stitch decrease where?? What am I misunderstanding? I must be reading the. chart or instructions incorrectly.
    I have 6 cable patterns in the yolk. Thank you

    • Alexa Ludeman
      December 13, 2021 @ 1:36 pm

      Hi – It sounds like you are possibly missing the decreases in the purl stitches between the cables?

      • LMClancy
        December 13, 2021 @ 4:05 pm

        Thanks for your help and suggestion, I’m kinda new to charts and needed someone to double check for me. I just noticed that I missed the K2tog decrease in the cable decrease row, I hadn’t noticed the k2tog after the cable decrease.

  2. Sara Delesie
    October 18, 2021 @ 10:31 pm

    Do you have instruction for knitting an adult cardigan sweater with raglan sleeves on straight needles from the bottom up. 2fronts 2 sleeves and a back?

    • Alexa Ludeman
      October 20, 2021 @ 1:16 pm

      Hi – Sorry, just with sleeves knit in the round and body in once piece (all the same principles apply whether it’s a child size or an adult size for our patterns)

  3. Joanne Ellis
    August 26, 2020 @ 12:33 pm

    I am having trouble deciphering row 5 on the cable decrease of the Antler sweater. I am doing size 5 and can’t get it to workout!

    • Alexa Ludeman
      August 26, 2020 @ 10:40 pm

      Hi Joanne – Are you potentially missing the cabled decreases?

  4. Julie Moore
    July 27, 2020 @ 12:18 pm

    Can you please explain the “no stitch” in the antler sweater yoke decreases.

    • Alexa Ludeman
      July 28, 2020 @ 11:33 am

      Hi Julie – It means just that, no stitch. You can just ignore that box entirely and move to the next one.

      • Julie Moore
        July 28, 2020 @ 12:20 pm

        Sorry I’m confused. But do I continue in the pattern with the “no stitch” I’m on row 5.

      • Alexa Ludeman
        July 29, 2020 @ 1:24 pm

        Hi Julie – You just ignore that box completely. It doesn’t not correspond to any sts in your knitting.

      • Julie Moore
        July 28, 2020 @ 1:42 pm

        So should I not have those two stitches to work? I’m trying to figure out if I did the first row of decreases incorrectly. So frustrating because I’ve made this once, and I can’t remember!!!!

  5. Pacific Knits | Tin Can Knits
    July 24, 2020 @ 11:46 am

    […] Low Tide would make an excellent summer sweater If you have tried cables before the Antler cardigan may be the perfect first sweater! We have a step by step tutorial here. […]

  6. Julie Moore
    June 19, 2020 @ 6:04 pm

    I read in the help section under Antler Sweater, there would be an update post for button bands. Can you tell me where I might find that? Not sure the date of the post.

  7. Branch Out! | Tin Can Knits
    April 2, 2020 @ 2:00 am

    […] If you have tried cables before the Antler cardigan may be the perfect first sweater! We have a step by step tutorial here. […]

  8. Barbara Jones
    February 29, 2020 @ 10:23 am

    I am making the size 1-2. I did all the correct number of stitches, but after adding the sleeves, I’m 12 stitches over what the pattern says, as well as the the two front sections are not symmetrical. I’m going to undo back to the row where the sleeves are added, changing the number of stitches so it will be symmetrical. I saw that the number of stitches after the yoke decrease should be divisible by 21. My number of stitches will be, but what the pattern says will not be. I’m winging this. I hope you will agree with me. Hut

    • alexaludeman
      March 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

      Hi Barbara – it sounds like maybe you haven’t put the underarm sts on hold?

  9. Sheila Brown
    November 6, 2019 @ 2:46 pm

    My first attempt and I love this pattern for a toddler – easy to read instructions.

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  11. Sherry Stengel
    June 13, 2019 @ 5:55 pm

    I am getting ready to start the Antler Cardigan. Do I use the long-tail cast on for the sleeves or a different one?

    Thank you,
    Sherry Stengel

    • alexaludeman
      June 13, 2019 @ 10:21 pm

      Hi Sherry – It’s knitters choice, but I used the long tail cast on

  12. Cathleen Willoughby
    August 12, 2018 @ 9:59 pm

    Pls advise a good finished back length for a 3 year old boy. Im knitting for twins and wd really like to get it right. Thx

    • Emily Wessel
      August 13, 2018 @ 2:46 am

      Hello Cathleen –
      The finished measurements are listed in the pattern, and on the page here:

      We use length from underarm to hem in our patterns.

      Beyond the decisions we made pattern sizing, I can’t recommend ‘a good finished length’ for a 3-year old, as they vary SO widely. If you can ask the child’s parent to measure one of their commercial sweaters that fits (and measure from underarm down to hem) that might help. We always recommend to make kids a size above so that they can use the sweater for a year or more.

  13. Elizabeth
    June 20, 2018 @ 9:32 pm

    This is fantastic, thank you! I’m making the 6-12 month size, and now that I am a good ways into the body, I see that accidentally cast on 80 stitches instead of 81. Can I make up for this by decreasing 1 less stitch later on, or will that mess up my yoke? Should I just pull it out and start over with the body, or is what I have salvageable? Thank you!

    • alexaludeman
      June 20, 2018 @ 9:45 pm

      Yep! One stitch is no problem, just toss an extra decrease in before the cables at the yoke.

      • Elizabeth
        June 21, 2018 @ 6:01 am

        Thank you! Do you mean one less decrease? I cast on one too few stitches. Will it still work to decrease one less time? Again, thank you SO much!

      • Emily Wessel
        June 25, 2018 @ 4:33 am

        Yeah, just do one less decrease! Or an extra decrease and your ribbing will be 2 sts less than pattern (but will still work just fine). Enjoy!

  14. Melanie Roberts
    May 29, 2018 @ 10:01 pm

    I am knitting my 2nd Antler Cardigan for my son, and I just found what I hope is not a catostrophic mistake.

    I cast on 93 stitches for the 2-4 year old size, but I increased the sleeves to 40 stitches which is actually for the next size. Can I just decrease 14 stitches evenly to set up for the cables to get myself back to the correct number for the size I’m knitting? I have 6 stitches on hold, not 8. I was thinking I could join the sleeves and knit the first round and then spread my decreases over the next two rounds and keep them close to the sleeves. I’m ok with the sleeves being roomier because the sleeves on the first sweater were a little too tight to layer easily.

    I hope you can advise me.

    • alexaludeman
      June 2, 2018 @ 7:11 am

      Hi Melanie – no catastrophe at all, just decrease the extra sts on the set up round for the cables

  15. Cheryk
    April 23, 2018 @ 7:07 pm

    I am on row one of the decreases .. when it says k2( p1, p2 tog twice, row 1cable pattern .. do I repeat the p1, p2 tog twice as in the chart or have I already done that part? Hope you understand my question

    • alexaludeman
      April 25, 2018 @ 10:36 am

      Hi Cheryl – You are decraesing at every purl ditch, taking the purl sts between the cables from 5 sts to 2. Does that help?

  16. Lyudmyla
    March 22, 2018 @ 8:16 am

    Hi, Alexa! Thank you very much!

  17. Lyudmyla
    March 21, 2018 @ 1:30 am

    Good afternoon! Forgive, your name?
    I very much had liked your cardigan. I want to connect such to my little girls, 2 years. You have in detail described all knitting, but it is no very clear to me how to tie sleeves to the main product. And there is an instruction in Russian? I will be very grateful to you.
    Best regards, Lyudmyla.

    • alexaludeman
      March 21, 2018 @ 11:30 am

      Hi Lyudmyla – Sorry, we don’t have a Russian translation for this one, but if you follow the pattern instructions stitch by stitch it will work!

  18. Ann Morgan
    March 3, 2018 @ 6:47 pm

    Great sweater. Almost finished. Can you tell me how to calculate 5 button band for 1-2 size? How many rows between buttons?
    The button hole sounds complicated. Is there an easier way?
    Do I wash the sweater in a sweater wash or just steam it?

  19. Ann Morgan
    February 27, 2018 @ 3:56 pm

    I am worthy sleeves. Third size. I cast on 32 stitches and work increase row plus 5 rounds twice. Each increase row has 2 in erases. So that would be 4 increases total which would be 36 stitches. The instructions say I should have 34 stitches. Not 36. Thank you.

    • alexaludeman
      February 28, 2018 @ 8:58 am

      Hi Ann – it says to repeat those 6 rounds until you have 34 sts, so you only work them once.

  20. Tanya
    January 5, 2018 @ 8:06 pm

    When joining body and arms in preparation for knitting the yoke, the instructions say (I’ll use smallest size for example): Knit 15 body stitches (right front). Put next 6 body stitches on hold (right underarm.) Knit 24 held stitches from right sleeve 9 (all except underarm stitches.) Knit next 37 stitches from body (back.) Put next 6 body stitches on hold (left underarm.) Knit held stitches from left sleeve as right. Knit remaining body stitches.

    So, there are stitches held from the right edge of the right front body piece, and from the left edge of the back body piece. This seems asymmetrical. Can you address this?

    • alexaludeman
      January 7, 2018 @ 3:50 pm

      Hi Tanya – there should be 15 sts at each front, 37 sts at the back, 6 sts on hold at each underarm, plus sleeve sts. That should all be symmetrical

  21. Ashley
    November 27, 2017 @ 7:28 am

    Do you have a video for joining the sleeves? I need to see it understand.

    • Ashley
      November 27, 2017 @ 7:30 am

      I need to see it to understand I mean lol

  22. Pam Nees
    October 21, 2017 @ 5:19 pm

    I have the Pacific Knits book and plan on making both the Antler Cardigan and the North Shore pullover. This is my question…would it be possible to turn the antler sweater into a pullover also? My purling is never the same tension as my knitting – consequently, I love knitting in the round! I might be able to figure it out on my own, but would love any tips! Btw- your instructions are so easy to follow! I’ve knitted the flax pullover twice!

    • alexaludeman
      October 22, 2017 @ 8:28 pm

      Hi Pam

      You absolutely can! It’s been kind of a common request lately. The only thing to remember is at the start of the yoke you want a number that is divisible by 21 (16 antler sts and 5 purls sts) and you don’t need any edge sts. Once you have completed the decreases, before the ribbing, just check to make sure your neck isn’t too wide for a pullover. If it is just work 1 round decreasing to the number you want for the ribbing.

      The only other consideration is where the cables will fall, for example, do you want a cable directly in the middle of your yoke, or would you prefer not.

      • Pam Nees
        October 24, 2017 @ 12:52 am

        Thank you, Alexa! I’m hoping to cast on soon! This one has been swirling around in my head for ages and I’m excited to try it! Your info was great! Many, many thanks for taking the time to answer! 😉❤️

  23. Rebecca Cook
    September 30, 2017 @ 3:49 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I just cast on the o-6month size and needed a visual for the sleeve portion.

  24. Wendy R
    July 17, 2017 @ 8:20 pm

    I’m working on the Old Growth sweater, and I attached the sleeves, but after working in stockinette for a few rounds, I noticed that the sleeve section is reverse stockinette :( Obviously this isn’t correct, but will it cause me to be unable to Kitchener the underarm at the end? Do I need to go back and try again on attaching the sleeves? Or can I keep going, using that reverse stockinette as a “design element” and have the underarms work out okay in the end?

    • Wendy R
      July 17, 2017 @ 9:11 pm

      I meant “for a few rows,” not rounds.

    • alexaludeman
      July 19, 2017 @ 11:26 am

      Hi Wendy – hard to say without a picture. You can still graft the underarm, even if the sleeve is in reverse stockinette. Was the sleeve inside out when you attached it?

      • Wendy R
        July 19, 2017 @ 11:32 am

        The sleeves aren’t inside out, just the yoke where I attached the sleeves. And not the whole yoke, just the sections where the actual sleeves are. I don’t know what happened lol. If a picture would still be more helpful, I can definitely send one over (is email okay?) later today.

  25. Erika
    May 31, 2017 @ 3:37 pm

    HI! I was wondering if there is a written decrease section, the chart is making me crazy! 😜

    • alexaludeman
      May 31, 2017 @ 10:56 pm

      Haha, it’s on page 3, right next to the chart for the single pattern

      • erika
        June 1, 2017 @ 7:41 am

        omg….I was just on row 1 and figured when it said work antler cable I had to read the chart…..:P

  26. Don
    April 17, 2017 @ 5:29 pm

    Is it possible to work/add/??? a shawl collar to the sweater without having to possibly rewrite the pattern? I’m invisioning a Cowichan-esque sweater.

    • alexaludeman
      April 18, 2017 @ 9:40 am

      I think you would need to make it a v-neck in order to add the shawl collar, so I’m afraid that’s a bit of re-write. It would also cover a lot of the cables.

  27. Let’s knit a bottom up sweater | Tin Can Knits
    March 28, 2017 @ 9:47 am

    […] There are many ways to knit a sweater (probably as many as there are ways to knit!), but one of our favourite construction methods is knitting from the bottom up. All of the sweaters in the Heart on my Sleeve collection are worked this way, as well as many other TCK sweaters. If you are looking for a tutorial on a bottom up cardigan check out our Antler tutorial here. […]

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    March 28, 2017 @ 9:46 am

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    March 16, 2017 @ 6:00 am

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  30. Susan
    January 13, 2017 @ 2:09 pm

    I like to knit in the round. Can this sweater be worked in the round and then steeked?

    • alexaludeman
      January 16, 2017 @ 11:29 am

      Hi Susan – Yep, you could, you would need to add in your steek stitches and convert the chart to working in the round (that part is super easy, on even rounds you are just knitting the knits and purling the purls)

      • Meridith
        January 20, 2019 @ 7:47 am

        If working in the round with steeking in mind—After decreasing the yoke to set up for cables, would you include the “Purl 1 Row” part, or move on to the Cable Set Up row?

      • alexaludeman
        January 21, 2019 @ 10:59 am

        Hi Meridith – I would probably leave in the ‘purl 1 row’ (But if you are working in the round it would be a knit row)

  31. A. Mull
    December 28, 2016 @ 1:50 pm

    I would like to make this sweater as a pullover. Have you figured out how to adapt the pattern to a pullover?

    • alexaludeman
      December 28, 2016 @ 2:05 pm

      Hi – you would want to add a few stitches at the fronts to compensate for the button band. Then, after the join at the yoke you would want to decrease to a number divisible by 21 (5 purl stitches and 16 antler stitches). You would work the chart in the round, which means on even numbered rounds you would knit the knits and purl the purls.

  32. dhender746
    September 19, 2016 @ 1:21 am

    I’m going to try to knit the chest size 35 but I have one problem my granddaughter plays college basketball and her back is wider from playing sports all of her life. So what do you think of the size 39 or is there something closer to the 35 that I can do?

    Also I love your tutorials.



    • alexaludeman
      September 30, 2016 @ 10:58 pm

      Hi Debra – I would probably knit a 39, it is better as a casual sweater with a little positive ease

  33. Ingrid
    August 7, 2016 @ 9:32 am

    I knit the women size M and it shows 39″. When you block it you block 39″ or 38″ since the pattern states 1″ negative ir positive.?
    Since it is not for me I can’t try it on.
    Thanks in advance!

    • alexaludeman
      August 8, 2016 @ 10:20 am

      The finished measurement will be 39″

  34. Lotte
    March 16, 2016 @ 7:32 am

    Could it be that there’s a mistake in the pattern? I am doing the sleeves of the antler cardigan and for the size 6-12months it says that I should begin with 30st and then increase until I have 32 st. But thats already after one set of increases, so it doesnt sound correct. Shouldnt it be 42 st?

    • alexaludeman
      March 16, 2016 @ 10:51 pm

      Hi Lotte – nope, 32 is correct, babies arms don’t change like grown ups.

  35. sheila roberts
    February 27, 2016 @ 10:00 am

    So if I just ignore row 5 and move on, as you suggested to Christine, do I k or p any of these spaces? How do I account for the stitches?

    • alexaludeman
      February 29, 2016 @ 9:40 pm

      Hi Sheila – no, definitely don’t ignore row 5, just the little shaded box that says ‘no stitch’

  36. Linda
    November 7, 2015 @ 10:30 pm

    I am having a terrible time with the c4bdec in the Antler hat I am knitting, and I am sure I must be slipping the stitches onto my cable needle wrong or something. It is the hardest stitch I have ever tried I think, and is when I try to knit 2 tog from the cable needle. Can you help me with this?

    • Emily Wessel
      November 11, 2015 @ 3:13 am

      Take it slowly would be my first suggestion. And perhaps practice this a few times on a sample swatch?

      The second suggestion (this is what I do), is instead of working the stitches directly off the cable needle, slip them BACK onto the left-hand needle, then work them off of that needle. I find this less fiddly.

      Good luck! It will become easier with practice.

  37. Project/Gift Knitting Lineup | SSK AND CO.
    October 12, 2015 @ 6:52 am

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  38. Susana
    April 18, 2015 @ 8:56 am

    Thank you very much! Excellent tutorial s and explanations

  39. goraya
    March 11, 2015 @ 2:42 am

    Where can inwatch video of this cardigam

  40. Marny CA
    March 6, 2015 @ 2:49 pm

    I was hoping to copy/paste everything into my Word so I could make smaller photos to print less pages.

    But the pictures don’t copy. Is there a way for me to do that for personal use only?

    • alexaludeman
      March 9, 2015 @ 3:32 pm

      Hi Marny-sorry, we don’t have this one in PDF format quite yet but we are working on it

  41. Marny CA
    March 6, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

    The reminder about knitting a sleeve first makes perfect sense – and as a swatch!

    When taking a class for a entrelac long cardi, the teacher had us make one of the pockets first – that was our swatch.

    Lily Chin would be proud of me making any sort of swatch! LOL

    Thank you! Wonderful aka wonder-filled website.

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    February 20, 2015 @ 8:01 am

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  43. christine jacob
    February 10, 2015 @ 8:08 am

    Forgive my stupid question. I am stuck on the 5th row of chart B- decreases. what do I do on the “No Stitch” ?

    • alexaludeman
      February 11, 2015 @ 11:35 am

      Just ignore that box and move onto the next one.

    • Judy B
      February 26, 2016 @ 6:03 am

      Thanks for asking this, Marny CA. I am stumped at row 5 decreases right now. I wish that the “written” directions would be written out completely. I will give it another try.

  44. woolenchickadee
    March 17, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

    So happy I Stumbled upon your blog,Lovely one at that! But the tutorial is so helpful.I am newbie at sweater not a novice.Thank you for the brillant blog

  45. Carmen
    February 20, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    I just finish an Antler for my granddaughter and I’m going to cast one on for my grandson. I love the sweater and the pattern is written beautifully.
    I’m teaching a young friend how to knit and the tutorial would be a great help to her.

  46. Sandra Cunningham
    January 19, 2014 @ 2:03 pm

    Thank you for your beautiful patterns. Love them.

  47. Jacqui Galloway
    January 16, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

    Great tutorial

  48. Jules O
    January 16, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

    This is an awesome way to show how the bottom up pullover is done, & I love how you showed the step-by-step process especially for those sections which can be confusing like joining sleeves to body!!

  49. Rebecca
    January 16, 2014 @ 9:35 am

    This is a fantastic tutorial! Can you tell us which yarn you used?

    • alexaludeman
      January 23, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

      Hi Rebecca

      You betcha! I eked this wee sweater out of one skein of Plucky Knitter’s Primo Worsted in ‘At the Copa’