Nostepinne by Elanor King


December 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1083 - 1804 yards (990 - 1650 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) more info in notes below
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Before I knit Nostepinne, on cold days I would wear an old grey jumper of my husband’s. It felt like wearing a cuddle, but it looked like a sack of potatoes. For Nostepinne, I took the best features of that jumper – the pure wool, soft grey colour, roomy ease, slightly-longer-than-usual sleeves and added other, more feminine features. The U-shaped neckline is flattering and leaves plenty of room for layering, while the elegant “Nostepinne” cables hide subtle waist shaping and create a “sweetheart” shape over the bust.

A nostepinne is a tool for winding yarn into centre-pull balls or cakes. The balls of yarn created gradually get bigger the more you twist.


Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
To fit bust: 71 (81.5, 86.5, 91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132) cm / 28 (32, 34, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches
Actual Bust: 81 (91.5, 96, 102, 110.5, 121, 131.5, 142) cm / 32 (36, 37.75, 40.25, 43.5, 47.75, 51.75, 56) inches with approx. 10 cm / 4 inches of ease.
See schematic at end of pattern.


19 sts and 29 rows to 4in/10cm over reverse stocking stitch on larger needles


Blacker Yarns Elegance DK (DK; 80% Falkland Island Corriedale-style wool, 20% British alpaca; 119yds/110m/50g balls)
Silver (grey pale) 9 (10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) x 50g balls

Needles and Accessories

1 pair 4mm (UK 8/US 6) needles
1 pair 4.5mm (UK 7/US 7) needles
1 set 4mm (UK 8/US 6) circular needles, 30in/75cm long
Cable needle
1 x stitch marker


Beg Beginning
CN Cable needle
dec Decrease/decreasing
inc Increase/increasing
K Knit
K2tog Knit the next two stitches together
Kfb Knit into front and back of stitch
LHN Left-hand needle
M1L Insert LH needle, from front to back, under the strand of yarn which runs between st just worked and next st on LH needle. K this st through back of loop.
M1R Insert LH needle, from back to front, under the strand of yarn which runs between st just worked and next st on LH needle. K this st through front of loop.
P Purl
Pfb Purl into front and back of stitch
Pfkb Purl into front and knit into back of stitch
PM Place marker
Pu & k Pick up and knit
Rev reverse
RS Right side
Sl Slip
Ssk Slip one stitch knitwise and a second purlwise, knit together through back of loop
st st Stocking stitch (US stockinette stitch)
st(s) Stitch(es)
WS Wrong side