Moss Stitch and Cable Cardigan by Kristin Nicholas
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Moss Stitch and Cable Cardigan

January 1996
Classic Elite Nature's Palette Worsted-Weight Cotton
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in cable patterns using larger needles and Kelso Wool Tweed
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1584 - 1760 yards (1448 - 1609 m)

Pattern description from Knitting in America: “Although Kristin often thinks about what she and her husband, mark, like to wear when she is designing sweaters, the couple actually own very few of Kristin’s creations. So, for this project, I asked her to design sweaters specifically for her and Mark that the two of them would keep for themselves. She found a diamond cable in a Japanses stitch book, started playing around with it, then added the X in the center and the seed stitch (rather than the more typical reverse stockinette) around the sides. To show the different textural possibilities, she chose Classic Elite’s two-ply Kelso Tweed (which is 100 percent wool) in Wensleydale Olive for Mark’s pullover and Mackenzie Silk Wool (a 70 percent wool and 30 percent silk nubby, textured, single-ply tweed) in St. Croix for her cardigan. Later, to show yet another possibility, she had a second pullover knit in Nature’s Palette Cotton (the color made with 50 percent Classic Elite Buffalo Fox Fibre and 50 percent natural organic cotton). The cotton sweater is modeled on page 75 by Sally Fox. The pattern for these unisex sweaters appears on page 183.”


  • To fit Woman’s or Man’s Smal, Medium, Large
  • Bust/chest at underarm 41 (47, 55)“
  • Length from shoulder 28 (29, 29)“ for woman’s or 25 (26, 27)” for man’s
  • Sleeve width at upperarm 18 (19, 20)“


  • 9 (9, 10) 3.5oz / 100g hanks (each approx 176yd / 158m) of Classic Elite Mackenzie Silk Wool in #4275 Jacob
  • Needle sizes and gauge as for pullover, wool version
  • Nine buttons for woman’s; 8 buttons for man’s
  • Stitch markers
  • Cable needle (cn)

Additional Gauges:

  • 23 sts and 30 rows to 4” over cable pats using larger needle and Nature’s Palette Cotton
  • 20 sts and 30 rows to 4” over moss st using larger needle and Nature’s Palette Cotton
  • To save time and to ensure accurate sizing, check gauges.

First published in hardcover as Knitting in America (Artisan, 1996)