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  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

  • Photo © Marnie MacLean

When I designed Deciduous, I was living in Los Angeles where appropriate times to wear thick cabled knits were measured in hours instead of days, weeks or months. I wanted to play with the way stitch pattern could shape a garment. Ribbing pulled the garment in to the waist, and gradually petered out into a reverse stockinette background that not only widened the garment to fit the bust, but also curled towards the body to finish the top edge.

The front and back of the garment are shaped identically. It is only the change in stitch pattern that creates the drape in front. The front charts organically flows from ribbing to reverse stockinette while the back chart maintains a near balance of knit to purl stitches in each row to keep the gauge consistent.


Pattern contains 12 sizes

Finished Bust Circumference (double the back bust)

  • 32 1/2(34, 36 1/2, 38, 40 1/2, 41 1/2, 44, 45 1/2, 48, 52, 55 1/2, 59 1/2)"
  • 82.5 (86.5, 92.5, 96.5, 103, 105.5, 112, 115.5, 122, 132, 141, 151) cm

Sample size: 34" / 86.5 cm shown on a 36" bust.
Suggested ease: +/- 2" / 2.5 cm.

Note: The front of the garment has more ease built in than the back because the reverse stockinette stitch gauge pulls in less than the ribbing gauge. If you fall between bust sizes, choose the smaller size unless you prefer a very loose fit.


  • 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8) skeins of Cascade 220 (100% wool) – 220 yd / 201 m per 3 1/2 oz / 100 g in color #9560
  • US 6 / 4mm knitting needle*
  • US E / 3.5mm crochet hook
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

* Or size to obtain gauge


  • 20 sts x 26 rows over 4" / 10cm in Reverse Stockinette
    25 sts x 26 rows over 4" / 10cm in k2, p2 ribbing

To check gauge, wash swatch and lay flat to dry, gently smoothing out swatch without stretching. Ribbing gauge should be spread out enough that both the knit and purl welts are visible but not so much so that the swatch is flat.

What you get

You are purchasing a PDF download. You will need a free copy of Adobe Acrobat to open and print the file. I accept Pay Pal payments only. This pattern is 10 pages plus a cover and is provided in color that should print well in black and white. The pattern includes a full and detailed schematics, photos and all the instructions needed to complete this pattern. The file is 6.4MB and may take a few minutes to download over a slower connection. Because of the nature of PDF downloads, I cannot offer refunds, but I will do everything I can to resolve issues that may arise. Please don't hesitate to contact me.

To knit this pattern, you must be able to:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Read charts
  • Seam
  • Cast on
  • Bind off
  • Increase
  • Decrease
  • Work cables


Resources and Thanks

Tech Editing by Sandi Rosner

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