Mar 022013


Named for the Greek word for rock, Lithos is a structured cardigan that forms the cable and garter elements of the collar together with the gently shaped raglan body. The unusual construction begins by working the wide braided cable and garter collar from the center back neck toward each shoulder, then stitches are picked up around the collar edge and integrated into the cabled fronts, while being worked seamlessly from the top down in one piece to the hem. The organic cable appears to travel around the front edge and neckline from one end to the other, although each side is worked from the top to the bottom. A traditional cardigan with contemporary construction, Lithos is sturdy and reliable on cold days.

Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches, cables.

Size: 30 (32, 34.75, 37.25, 40, 42.75, 45.25, 48.25, 51.25)” bust circumference.

Garment Measurements:

Bust: 30 (32, 34.75, 37.25, 40, 42.75, 45.25, 48.25, 51.25)”.

Waist: 29.25 (31.25, 34, 36.75, 39.25, 42, 44.75, 47.75, 50.75)”.

Hip: 30.75 (32.75, 35.25, 38, 40.75, 43.25, 46, 49, 52)”.

Back length below collar: 23.5 (23.5, 25, 26.25, 26.25, 27.5, 27.5, 29, 29)”.

Yarn: Knit Picks Biggo (50% superwash merino wool, 50% nylon, 110 yards); 6 (7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11) skeins, shown in Dove Heather.

Other Materials:

US 10 circular needle.

Stitch markers (2 color A, 4 color B), Stitch holders (2), Cable needle, Yarn needle, 1” buttons (7).

Gauge: 12 st and 18 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 12 st cable is 3” wide, after blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   

For a matching hat and mittens, and a special offer, see Silt & Stone.

Like the cardigan, but want a blanket style instead of a raglan? Check out Alluvium.

Lithos front closeup  Lithos full view  Lithos front cables

  3 Responses to “Lithos”

  1. Hi there! My Husband Charles bought this pattern for me, a friend made it and told me where to get it at. But I am fairly new at knitting and when I got to the Raglan Increases, Next Row (RS body & Sleeve increase), I do believe I did it WRONG! The issue was where it said “smA, [knit to 1 st before marker B, Kf&b, smB, Kf&b] four times, knit to marker A, ska, work front Edge Right Braided Cable. 8 St inc”

    I am making the 3rd size, so beginning on RS between the B markers, I only 1 stitch, so to make total of 8 st increased, i just knitted that one stitch slipped the 2nd Marker B, then did 4 Kf&b, knitted to the second set of B markers, and Kf&b four times after I slipped the first B marker, then knitted to the end.

    This made the Kf&b unequal on both sides.

    What did I do wrong?

  2. Hi, I think this is the pattern I have been searching for. If it is a cardigan and the thick cable comes down each centre front (normally where buttons would go). Do you have a picture of the front please and is the pattern available to buy?
    Regards Carrie

    • Hi Carrie; as the photos in this post show, the braided cables travel down each side of the front of the cardigan, just inside the garter button band. The body, cable and buttonband are all worked simultaneously and seamlessly. The “Buy Now” button in the post will allow you to purchase a digital download file of the pattern.