Stillwater is a saddle-shouldered reverse stockinette pullover knit top-down and seamlessly with simultaneous set-in sleeves. The shoulder cable is repeated at the hem on each side. It is knit from the inside to minimize purling. Columns of twisted stitches flow from the cables down each sleeve and up the sides.

Skills required: cabling (cables are given in both charted and written form), long-tail cast-on, backwards-loop cast-on, picking up stitches, increasing, decreasing

Sizes available (actual garment measurement at bust, in cm): 76, (82, 91, 97), {106, 114.5, 121}. Choose a size that fits closely through the shoulders and bust. Reverse stockinette tends to puff up around the shoulders if there is too much ease

Gauge: 19 stitches and 28 rows to 10 cm of blocked stockinette

Note: Though conversions to the metric system have been made on this page for your convenience, the pattern itself uses American measurements.


  • Knitting pattern for simple sweater with cable detailing
  • Schematic, tables, and charts included
  • Suitable for intermediate knitters

Materials you need at home:

  • Approximately 685, (740, 825, 880), {950, 1030, 1090} m of worsted-weight yarn. Sample was knit in Sun Valley Fibers Merino Cashmere Silk Worsted (75% merino, 15% cashmere, 10% silk)
  • Two 4.0 mm/US 6 circular needles, or size needed to obtain gauge. You will need circulars or DPNs for the sleeves
  • Cable needle if desired
  • Needles one size smaller than gauge needles for working neckline
  • Stitch markers
  • Tape measure
  • Waste yarn for holding sleeve stitches
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
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Laura Aylor

If ‘knitting designer’ had been one of the job choices for those aptitude tests they give you in high school, I wouldn’t have spent so many years trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. My best subject in high school was math; my best classes in college were logic, drawing, and a commercial art class. After careers in computer programming/analysis and child-rearing, knit design snuck up on me, but I think it’s the perfect use of my odd skill set! I love every step of the process, from figuring out how to actually make what I’ve envisioned to putting the finishing touches on a pattern, not to mention all the knitting that comes in between!

I also love reading and hiking and spending time on Brier Island in Nova Scotia every summer.

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