Honest Woodsman Pullover by Kathleen Dames

Honest Woodsman Pullover

July 2014
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in St st
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1400 - 2800 yards (1280 - 2560 m)
30¼ (34, 37¾ , 41, 44¾ , 48½ )"
Flag of English English

Losing his axe in a river, a woodsman in Aesop’s Fables weeps at the loss of his livelihood. Hermes appears and, hearing the woodcutter’s story, dives into the lake. He brings up a golden axe and asks if this is the one that was lost, but the woodcutter refuses it, saying that his had been ordinary. Hermes does the same with a silver axe, but the woodsman refuses again. Hermes brings up the woodcutter’s axe and gives him the other two as a reward for his honesty. Knit these woodgrain cables and short-row saddles for your own honest hero.


  • This sweater is worked seamlessly from the bottom up with grafted underarms.
  • The shirt yoke is created with shortrows across the shoulder saddles as well as the upper back. The upper back is joined to the right saddle with a short graft.
  • Turned hems for the body and cuffs begin with provisional cast-ons and create a clean finish.
  • Cabling without a cable needle will help you move quickly through the woodgrain pattern.