Cascades by Michele Wang


September 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in Double Moss Stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1120 - 1845 yards (1024 - 1687 m)
33 (38, 41, 46, 49, 54)" circumference at chest
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A mossy evergreen forest rendered in textured stitches. Cascades is a classic pullover in Shelter with panels of tree motifs in twisted stitches against a ground of double moss stitch. Columns of tiny, mirrored cables define the shifts in stitch pattern to create flattering vertical lines and pleasing side details. The body and sleeves are worked circularly from the bottom up and joined at the yoke, which is worked in the round until the neck shaping. The twisted-rib cuffs and hem flow beautifully from a rib cabled cast on, a useful technique fully explained in the pattern. Cascades is worked from a combination of charted and written instructions. Knit it in a modern bright hue—our sample is in Hayloft—or go timeless with a pale neutral like Fossil or Snowbound.


The body and sleeves are worked circularly and joined at the underarms, then the yoke is worked in the round. While shaping the neck, the yoke is worked back and forth. The neckband is picked up and worked in the round after the garment is blocked.


1120 (1260, 1435, 1570, 1705, 1845) yards of worsted weight wool yarn


8 (9, 11, 12, 13, 14) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)

Photographed in Color Hayloft


20 stitches & 30 rounds = 4” in Double Moss Stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
47-stitch panel from Cascades Chart measures 8¼“ wide with Size A needle(s), after blocking
7-stitch panel from Right-Leaning or Left-Leaning Side Chart measures 1¼” wide with Size A needles, after blocking

Note: Correct length of the one-piece yoke is dependent upon achieving the stated round gauge.


Size A (for Main Fabric)
One each 16”, 24” and 32” (or 40”) circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Ribbing)
One each 16”, 24” and 32” (or 40”) circular needle and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs)* one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4mm (US 6)

32” (or 40”) circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Sleeves).

Finished Dimensions

33 (38, 41, 46, 49, 54)“ circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 38” with +4” ease on models

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

Tutorial for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:
Rib Cabled Cast On

Skill Level

4 out of 5

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