Wild Lavender Sweater

The perfect transitional garment, this feminine sweater has three quarter length bell shaped sleeves and is knit in a cotton blend. Knit from the top down with simple waist shaping and decorative lace trim around the cuffs and hem, this is the lightweight sweater you’ll need for spring.   

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 32 (36, 41, 44, 49)” to fit bust 30 (34, 38, 42, 46)”

2” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 38”

Gauge: 27 sts and 38 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st on smallest needles after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Super fine weight yarnKnit Picks Comfy Fingering (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 218 yards [199 meters]/50 grams): 0638 Lilac Mist (5 (6, 6, 7, 8) balls)

Needles: US size 2 (2.75mm) 30” circular; US size 3 (3.25mm) 30” circular; US size 4 (3.5mm) 30” circular and DPNs or long circular for sleeves

Notions: Markers, removable markers, stitch holders or waste yarn, tapestry needle

Abbreviations

WSR: Wrap short row using desired method

Special Stitches

St st (worked flat)

Row 1 (RS): Knit.

Row 2 WS: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-2 for patt.

St st (worked in the rnd)

Rnd 1: Knit.

Rep Rnd 1 for patt.

Border Lace Pattern

Rnd 1: *Sk2p, yo, k3, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnds 2, 4, 6, 8, 10: Knit.

Rnd 3: *K1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 5: *K2, yo, sk2p, yo, k1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 7, 9, and 11: *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rnd 12: K to last st, shift marker to the right 1 st, and begin Rnd 1.

Rep Rnds 1-12 for patt.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked in the round from the top down. Begin by working the back flat to the armhole seam, then work the left and right fronts separately to the neckline, where they are joined and continue to be worked flat to the armhole seam. The fronts and back are joined and worked in the round to the hem.

The sleeve stitches are picked up around each armhole and worked in short rows until the cap is formed, then joined in the round and worked to the sleeve edge.

Three needles of increasing sizes are used to work the lace at the hem and sleeve edge to create a flared effect.

Pattern

Back

With smallest circular needles, CO 88 (96, 98, 102, 112) sts.

Purl 1 row.

Place removable marker 27 (30, 30, 31, 36) sts in from either edge of the piece along the CO edge and leave in place. You will have 34 (36, 38, 40, 40) sts between the markers.

Shape Shoulders

Notes: When shaping shoulders, slip all markers as you come to them and do not remove markers.

Rows 1-2: Starting with RS row, work in St st to second marker, sm, work 7 (8, 8, 9, 10) sts, WSR, turn.

Rows 3-4: Work to second wrapped st, hide wrap, work 7 (8, 8, 8, 10) sts, WSR, turn.

Row 5: Work to second wrapped st, hide wrap, work 7 (8, 8, 8, 10) st, WSR, turn.

Row 6: Work to second wrapped st, hide wrap, work 7 (8, 8, 8, 10) st, WSR, turn, work to end of row.

Work even in St st, hiding remaining wraps as you come to them, until the piece meas 5.5” / [14 cm] from the end of the shoulder shaping, ending with a WS row.

Shape Armholes

Sizes 32 (36, -, -, 49)” only

Row 1 (RS): K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (2 sts inc’d)

Rows 2-4: Purl.

Row 3: Knit.

Rep Rows 1-4, 1, (1, 2) more times. (92 (100, -, -, 118) sts)

Sizes – (36, 41, 44, 49)” only

Row 1 (RS): K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (2 sts inc’d)

Row 2: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-2, 0 (5, 6, 2) more times. (- (102, 110, 116, 124) sts)

All Sizes

Cont in St st, increase 1 st at each armhole edge on this and every row 0 (4, 6, 8, 10) more times. (94 (112, 124, 134, 146) sts)

Work 1 WS row.  

Break yarn and transfer sts to stitch holder or waste yarn.

Left Front

Row 1 (RS): With RS facing, pick up and k27 (30, 30, 31, 36) sts starting at the marker on the left shoulder and working to the armhole edge.

Rows 2, 4, 6, and 8 (WS): Purl.

Row 3:  K7 (8, 8, 9, 10) sts, WSR, turn.

Row 5: K to wrapped st, hide wrap, k7 (8, 8, 8, 10) sts, WSR, turn.

Row 7: K to wrapped st, hide wrap, k7 (8, 8, 8, 10) st, WSR, turn.

Work straight in St st for 20 (24, 30, 34, 34) more rows, hiding final wrap when you come to it.

Shape Neckline

Next Row: K1, m1, k to end of row. (1 st inc’d)

Next Row: P to last st, m1, p1. (1 st inc’d)

Rep last 2 rows 4 more times. (37 (40, 40, 41, 46) sts)

Break yarn and place sts on stitch holder or waste yarn.

Right Front

Row 1 (RS): With RS facing, pick up and k27 (30, 30, 31, 36) sts starting at the armhole edge and working to the marker on the right shoulder.

Row 2 (WS): P7 (8, 8, 9, 10) sts, WSR, turn.

Rows 3, 5, 7: Knit.

Row 4: P to wrapped st, hide wrap, p7 (8, 8, 8, 10) sts, WSR, turn.

Row 6: P to wrapped st, hide wrap, p7 (8, 8, 8, 10) st, WSR, turn.

Row 8: Purl, hiding final wrap when you come to it.

Work straight in St st for 20, (24, 30, 34, 34) more rows.

Shape Neckline

Next Row: K to last st, m1, k1. (1 st inc’d)

Next Row: P1, m1, p to end of the row. (1 st inc’d)

Rep last 2 rows 4 more times. (37 (40, 40, 41, 46) sts)

Joining Right and Left Front

To join Right and Left Front, work 37 (40, 40, 41, 46) Right Front sts, CO 14 (16, 18, 20, 20) sts using the knitted cast on method, cont to work 37 (40, 40, 41, 46) Left Front sts from stitch holder or waste yarn. (88 (96, 98, 102, 112) sts)

Work even in St st until the piece meas approximately 5.5” / [14 cm] from the “seam” at the shoulder edge, ending with a WS row.

Note: Sizes L and XL may not need any additional rows.

Shape Armholes

Sizes 32 (36, -, -, 49)” only

Row 1 (RS): K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (2 sts inc’d)

Rows 2 and 4: Purl.

Row 3: Knit.

Rep Rows 1-4, 1 (1, 2) more times. (92 (100, -, -, 118) sts)

Sizes – (36, 41, 44, 49)” only

Row 1 (RS): K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. (2 sts inc’d)

Row 2: Purl.

Rep Rows 1-2, 0 (5, 6, 2) more times. (- (102, 110, 116, 124) sts)

All Sizes

Cont in St st, increase 1 st at each armhole edge on this and every row 0 (4, 6, 8, 10) more times. (94 (112, 124, 134, 146) sts)

Work 1 WS row.

Joining Front and Back to Work in the Round

Knit across Front sts, CO 4 (5, 7, 8, 9) sts, pm, CO 4 (5, 7, 8, 9) sts, knit across Back sts, CO 4 (5, 7, 8, 9) sts, pm, CO 4 (5, 7, 8, 9) sts, join to work in the rnd. (204 (244, 276, 300, 328) sts)

Work in St st for 10 rnds, ending at marker under the right armhole.

Waist Shaping

Dec Rnd: K1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before marker, ssk, k1, sm, k1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before marker, ssk, k1, sm. (4 sts dec’d; 200 (240, 272, 296, 324) sts)

Work Dec Rnd every 10 (8, 6, 6, 6) rnds 6 (1, 8, 8, 7) more times, then work Dec Rnd every 0 (6, 4, 4, 4) rnds 0 (9, 3, 2, 3) more times. (176 (200, 228, 256, 284) sts)

Work in St st for 10 more rnds.

Inc Rnd: K1, m1, k to 1 st before marker, m1, k1, sm, k1, m1, k to 3 sts before marker, m1, k1, sm. (4 sts inc’d; 180 (204, 232, 260, 288) sts)

Work Inc Rnd every 6 (4, 4, 4, 6) rnds 0 (4, 5, 6, 0) more times, then work Inc Rnd every 4 (2, 2, 2, 4) rounds 6 (5, 3, 1, 6) time(s) total. (204 (240, 264, 288, 312) sts)

Work Rnds 1-12 of Border Lace Pattern.

Switch to US size 3 (3.25mm) circular needle.

Work Rnds 1-12 of Border Lace Pattern.

Switch to US size 4 (3.5mm) circular needle.

Work Rnds 1-8 of Border Lace Pattern.

Purl 1 rnd.

BO using a purled bind off as follows: P2, sl first p st over second p st so that 1 st rem, *p1, sl first p st over second p st so that 1 st rem; rep from * until 1 st rem on RH needle, break yarn.

Sleeves

Using US size 2 (2.75mm) DPNs or long circular in magic loop, with RS facing and beg at center of underarm, pick up and k1 st in each of the 4 (5, 7, 8, 9) CO sts at the base of the armhole, pick up and k34 (36, 39, 42, 44) evenly spaces sts from the base of the armhole to the shoulder “seam” (where front and back were joined), pick up and k34 (36, 39, 42, 44) evenly spaced sts from the “seam” to the base of the armhole, pick up and k1 st in each of the 4 (5, 7, 8, 9) CO sts to the center of the underarm, place marker and join in the rnd. (76 (82, 92, 100, 106) sts)

Use removable markers to mark 20 (22, 22, 24, 26) sts centered over the shoulder seam (half of the sts on each side of the join).

Shape Cap

The sleeve caps are worked back and forth in short rows in which more stitches are worked on each side of the above center marked sts with each row.  You will see a distinctive “turning gap” or larger space between the wrapped stitches and the next unwrapped stitch.  If this gap is not apparent, you may wish to mark wrapped stitches with a removable stitch marker.  Wraps do not need to be picked up as they will form a decorative pattern along the sleeve edge, but you may pick up previous wraps as you come to them and work them with the stitch for a different effect.

Next Row: With RS still facing, k to the second removable marker for the center sts, wrap the next st, turn work so WS is facing, p to the end of the marked sts, wrap next st, turn work.

Next Row: *K to 1 st past the turning gap, wrap the second st after the gap, turn work, p to 1 st past the turning gap, wrap the second st after the gap, turn work; repeat from * once more.

Next Row: *K to the turning gap, wrap the next st after the gap, turn work, p to turning gap, wrap the next st after the gap, turn work; repeat from * until 8 (9, 11, 12, 13) sts remain on either side of the starting marker at the base of the armhole.

Next Row: K to 3 st past the turning gap, wrap the fourth st after the gap, turn work, p to 3 st past the turning gap, wrap the fourth st after the gap, turn work.

Next Row: K to 3 (4, 6, 7, 8) sts past the turning gap, wrap the next st (next to the end of round marker), turn work, p to 3 (4, 6, 7, 8) sts past the turning gap, wrap the next st (next to the end of round marker), turn work. All sts will have been worked. (76 (82, 92, 100, 106) sts)

Work in St st for 14 rnds, slipping beg of rnd marker on each rnd.

Shape Sleeve

Dec Rnd: K1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before marker, ssk, k1. (2 sts dec’d)

Work Dec Rnd every 10 (8, 6, 6, 6) rnds 0 (1, 9, 8, 9) more times, then work Dec Rnd every 8 (6, 4, 4, 4) rnds 7 (9, 3, 5, 4) more times. (60 (60, 66, 72, 78) sts)

Work Rnds 1-12 of Border Lace Pattern.

Switch to US size 3 (3.25mm) circular needle.

Work Rnds 1-12 of Border Lace Pattern.

Switch to US size 4 (3.5mm) circular needle.

Work Rnds 1-8 of Border Lace Pattern.

Purl 1 rnd.

BO using a purled bind off as for hem.

Repeat for second Sleeve.

Finishing

Remove markers and weave in all ends.

Block garment making sure lace borders are pinned open.

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