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Isadora Sweater

The airiness of this pullover comes from the semi-lace ribbed stitch pattern which forms vertical and diagonal stripes, making it lightweight and drapey — in other words, the perfect summer sweater! The fabric opens up when worn, lending additional curves to the drop shoulder and boat neck design.

Time: 58 Hours pattern

Skill level: Intermediate

Size: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)” to fit bust 40 (44.2, 48.2, 52.2, 56.4)”

8″ positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 36″

Gauge: 22.8 sts and 26 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in lace pattern, after wet blocking

Materials

Fine weight yarnYarn: Scheepjes Catona (100% Mercerized cotton, 136 yards [125 meters]/50 grams): #526 Ashes (9 (10, 11, 12, 13) balls).

Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm) straight or circular needles

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch markers

Special Stitches

Edge Stitch (ES)

Knit the first and last st of every row.

Lace Pattern 1 (6-st rep):

Row 1 (RS): ES, k2tog, yo, *k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2tog, yo, k2.

Row 2 & all even rows: Work sts as they present themselves; p into yo.

Row 3: ES, k1, k2tog, *yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, k3.

Row 5: ES, k2tog, yo, *k2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k2, k2tog, yo.

Row 7: ES, k2, *k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, k2tog, yo, k1.

Row 9: ES, k2, *k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * to last 4 sts, [k2tog, yo] twice.

Row 11: ES, k1, k2tog, *yo, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, yo, k1.

Rep Rows 1-12 for pattern.

Lace Pattern 2 (6-st rep):

Row 1 (RS): *Ssk, yo, ssk, yo, k2; rep from * to last st, ES.

Row 2: ES, work sts as they present themselves; p into yo.

Rep Rows 1-2 for pattern.

Pattern Notes

The garment is knitted bottom-up in pieces and then sewn together. Place a marker after the end of lace pattern 1 to help you distinguish the two lace patterns.

During shaping, if there are not enough stitches to work each decrease with its corresponding yarnover, work remaining stitches in Stockinette stitch instead.

Pattern

Back

CO 116 (128, 140, 152, 164) sts.

Work 16 rows in k2, p2 rib.

Set Pattern

Work in lace pattern following chart 1 & 2 or written instructions (see special stitches) as follows:

Next Row (RS): Work 79 (85, 91, 97, 103) sts in lace pattern 1, pm, then work 37 (43, 49, 55, 61) sts in lace pattern 2.

For lace pattern 1, start with the 3 sts before the pattern rep, work 6-st pattern rep 12 (13, 14, 15, 16) times and finish with the 4 sts after the pattern rep.

For lace pattern 2, work 6-st pattern rep 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) times, finishing with the ES.

Cont in pattern as established until piece measures 23.25 (23.6, 24, 24.4, 24.8)”, ending with a WS.

Shape Neck

Work 35 (38, 44, 48, 53) sts, join 2nd ball of yarn and BO 46 (52, 52, 56, 58) sts, work to end. (35 (38, 44, 48, 53) shoulder sts each)

Working each side separately, BO at each neck edge 5 sts twice. (25 (28, 34, 38, 43) sts)

Work even until piece measures 24 (24.4, 24.8, 25.2, 25.6)”. BO all sts.

Front

Work as for back, until piece measures 22 (22.45, 22.8, 23.25, 23.6)”, ending with a WS.

Shape Neck

Work 36 (39, 45, 49, 54) sts, join 2nd ball of yarn and BO 44 (50, 50, 54, 56) sts, work to end.

Working each side separately, BO at each neck edge 5 sts once, 3 sts once, 2 sts once and 1 st once. (25 (28, 34, 38, 43) sts)

Work even until piece measures 24 (24.4, 24.8, 25.2, 25.6)”. BO all sts.

Right Sleeve

CO 52 (56, 56, 62, 62) sts.

Work 14 rows in k2, p2 rib.

Set Pattern

Work in lace pattern 2 following chart or written instructions as follows:

Next Row (RS): ES, work 2 sts in St st, work 46 (50, 50, 56, 56) sts in lace pattern 2, work 2 sts in St st, ES.

For lace pattern 2, work 6-st pattern rep 7 (8, 8, 9, 9) times, then work first 4 (2, 2, 2, 2) sts of the pattern rep once more.

Work in pattern as established for 6 (6, 4, 4, 4) rows.

Inc Row (RS): ES, k2, M1L, work in pattern to last 3 sts, M1R, k2, ES. (2 sts increased)

Sizes 40 (44, 48)” Only

Rep Inc Row every 4th row 25 (24, 25) times, integrating new sts into pattern. (108 (112, 114) sts)  

Sizes 32 (36)” Only

Rep Inc Row every 6th row 5 times, then every 4th row 17 times, integrating new sts into pattern. (98 (102) sts)

All Sizes

Work even until piece measures 18.3″. BO all sts.

Left Sleeve

CO 52 (56, 56, 62, 62) sts.

Work 14 rows in k2, p2 rib.

Set pattern

Work in lace pattern 1 following chart or written instructions as follows:

Next Row (RS): ES, work 2 sts in St st, work 46 (50, 50, 56, 56) sts in lace pattern 1, work 2 sts in St st, ES.

For lace pattern 1, work 6-st pattern rep 7 (8, 8, 9, 9) times, then work the first 4 (2, 2, 2, 2) sts of the pattern rep once more.

Work in pattern as established for 6 (6, 4, 4, 4) rows.

Inc Row (RS): ES, k2, M1L, work in pattern to last 3 sts, M1R, k2, ES. (2 sts increased)

Sizes 40 (44, 48)” Only

Rep Inc Row every 4th row 25 (24, 25) times, integrating new sts into pattern. (108 (112, 114) sts)  

Sizes 32 (36)” Only

Rep Inc Row every 6th row 5 times, then every 4th row 17 times, integrating new sts into pattern. (98 (102) sts)  

All Sizes

Work even until piece measures 18.3″. BO all sts.

Finishing

Block all pieces to finished measurements. Sew right shoulder seam.

Neckband

With RS facing and beg at left shoulder, pick up and knit 174 (178, 182, 186, 190) sts along neckline. Do not join in the rnd.

Next row (WS): K1, *p2, k2; rep from * to last st, k1.

Cont in p2, k2 rib for 5 more rows.

BO all sts in pattern.

Sew left shoulder and neckband seam.

Sew sleeves into armholes, matching the center of the sleeve top to the shoulder seam and the edges 8.3 (8.7, 9, 9.45, 9.9)” down from the shoulder seam.

Sew underarm and side seams with the mattress stitch. Weave in ends.

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