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Jun 21, 2010

The Hudson Cabled Cardigan
I came across a wonderful summer pattern the other day in our pattern store, called the Hudson Cabled Cardigan by Teva Durham.

It's an ingenious vest that's not much harder to knit than a scarf!

Here's what the designer has to say about her vest: "The Tao of cables—this vest is made up of simple cabled strips that are pieced together to create a garment that's not much harder to knit than a scarf. With deep pockets, ribbed accents and a self-tie this style manages to be nautical and Zen-like all at once."

Kathleen's seed stitch cable swatch

Here's a closeup of the cable, note how it becomes a sort of stacked, almost lacy looking, design.

Here's how this vest works: The apron is knit in one strip and placed sideways. Back stitches are picked up along the center of one long edge and worked up to neck and the fronts begin with the pocket linings and then are continued in cable patterns up to shoulder and then over to form back shoulder and neck edge.

At a 4.5 stitch-to-the-inch gauge, this is a fast knit, too.

Seed Stitch Cable How-To

You know I love cables, and this cable is really fun. It's a half seed-stitch, half stockinette stitch cable that has a really neat, textured look and it's really easy to do.

I did a swatch so I could tell you exactly how to do this cable. My swatch is knit on 26 stitches, with 8 stitches in stockinette and 1 purl stitch on either side of the 8-stitch cable.

What I did is knit eight stitches in stockinette, and then purl 1. Then I knit the four stitches of stockinette and then four stitches of seed stitch. And finally, finish the row by purling 1, and knitting eight stitches in stockinette. I did this for four rows and then crossed the cable to the left by holding four stitches to the back, knitting the 4-stitch seed stitch section, and then knitting the stitches from the cable needle.

What this pattern does that's so neat is cross four stitches of stockinette over four stitches of seed stitch, then four stitches of seed stitch over four stitches of stockinette. When you get several crosses done you can see how the texture starts to develop. It's a really pretty sort of stacked look. The stockinette crosses are a little wider than the seed stitch crosses, which makes an interesting pattern.

Here are the cable directions and the chart so you can try it, too.

Left Cable (worked over 8 sts)

Rows 1 and 3: (RS) K4, [k1, p1] twice.
Rows 2 and 4:
[P1, k1] twice, p4.
Row 5: 4/4 LC.
Rows 6, 8, 10 and 12:
P4, [k1, p1] twice.
Rows 7, 9 and 11: [K1, p1] twice, k4.
Row 13: 4/4 Seed st LC.
Row 14:
[K1, p1] twice, p4.
Row 15
: K4, [k1, p1] twice.
Row 16:
[K1, p1] twice, p4.
Repeat Rows 1-16 for Left Cable.

4/4 LC Slip next 4 sts to cn and hold in front, [k1, p1] twice, k4 from cn.

The combination of clever construction and the textural pattern make this quick-to-knit vest a winner. I hope you'll knit it and share photos in the photo gallery.


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Simple cabled strips are pieced together to to create this Zen cardi/vest.


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jean fenner wrote
on Jul 9, 2010 10:20 AM

I knitted this cardigan but have had some trouble with the joining and edging ribbing. Has anyone else? If the apron is joined to the front pieces, then should the edging ribbing somehow match up with the ribbing on the apron? If so, how? If not, then I don't understand the instructions as written. Where should I go for advice?  I did really like knitting this cardigan. It was not hard at all and perfect for a summer project.

akpegasus24 wrote
on Jun 27, 2010 10:25 PM

I love the cable patterns, I knit scarves in cable stitch, I also just recently learned the seed stitch, and I going to make a scarf with the cable and seed, I think it will be just beautiful. thanks for sharing.  Peggy,  Anchorage Alaska

teresabh05 wrote
on Jun 25, 2010 4:27 PM

I love this "Seed Stitch Cable " .... but I am have a hard time with understanding "how to" 4/4 seed stitch LC.  Can you help me?  


Zoe wrote
on Jun 25, 2010 10:33 AM

Here is a little tid bit about how to do a seed stitch pattern.  Go to this site.

You may also know this stitch as moss stitch.  It is a simple combination of the knit and purl stitches.

Enjoy,  Zoe

Jessica1004 wrote
on Jun 23, 2010 7:32 PM

Poll:  I would knit some very special socks or mittens for myself, maybe a fabulous scarf if I had one special skein.  My problem is that I have too many of these "1 special skeins", & they just get cuddled & then put away for another day.

Jenna wrote
on Jun 21, 2010 7:14 PM

How disappointing:

I clicked on the Louet banner ad, to find the advertised KD special expired more than 2 months ago.

StevieQ wrote
on Jun 21, 2010 4:14 PM

What a beautiful cable! Can't wait to incorporate it into my next project. Thanks for all your wonderful tips and information

Stevie Q

oxid8 wrote
on Jun 21, 2010 1:51 PM

I like this pattern.  Would you consider adding it as a choice to vote for in your next KAL?

on Jun 21, 2010 1:00 PM

How to  do a "Seed Stitch" I never found this stitch in a book.  

I want to try the cable with this  plus the stockinette stitch.  Help please.

Thanks   Lou  in Denver   " "