About Lace

Published in Knitty, First Fall 2017

Finding the line between what I find interesting and enjoyable to knit and what I actually want to wear isn’t easy. I love to knit bright colors but I like to wear black. I love to knit more complicated things but I like to wear simple shapes. Allover lace is great because it’s fun, especially an easy lace pattern like this one. I love this lace pattern because it works as lovely texture with flattering strong vertical lines. And since the shape is simple and classic, it is flattering to wear.

Worked from the bottom up, this sweater is virtually seamless, with the sleeves picked up and knit in the round and the shoulders completed with a 3-needle bind off. The collar is picked up last and worked in the round. The stitches for the sleeves are picked up from the finished body and knit in the round to the cuff making such a pretty finish at the shoulders. Bracelet length sleeves, worked in stockinette, become a backdrop to the lace texture and are just the right warmth for cool fall days.

SIZE
For women’s garments: XS[S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X]
shown in size 1X with 4 inches/10 cm of ease

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest/Bust: 32.5[35.5, 39, 42, 45, 48.5, 51.5, 55, 58, 61] inches / 82.5[90, 98.5, 106.5, 115, 123, 131, 139, 147.5, 155.5]cm
Length: 22.75[22.75, 24.25, 24.25, 25.75, 26.5, 26.5, 27.5, 28.25, 28.25] inches / 58[58, 61.5, 61.5, 65.5, 67.5, 67.5, 70, 72, 72]cm

MATERIALS
Louet Gems Fine/Sport Weight [100% Merino Wool; 225 yd/206 m per 100 g skein]; color: Limestone; 4[5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9] skeins

1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 32 to 40 inches/80 to 100 cm long
1 US #5/3.75mm circular needle, 32 to 40 inches/80 to 100 cm long
1 US #4/3.5mm circular needle, 16 inches/40 cm long
1 set US #4/3.5mm double pointed needles for working small circumferences in the round

Notions
waste yarn
stitch holders
yarn needle
2 stitch markers

GAUGE
24 sts/32 rows/rnds = 4 inches/10 cm in stockinette stitch with larger needles, after blocking
20 sts/30 rows/rnds = 4 inches/10 cm in Eyelet Arch Lace stitch with larger needles, after blocking

Link to free pattern