I finished this five weeks ago, but haven't had a chance to take a photo until now as my camera has been in for repairs. Yarn is Rowan Wool Cotton, pattern is my own. Thanks for looking.
Please note: Instructions for the scoop neckline follow original pattern.
Please read through entire pattern before starting, taking note of NB at end.
Following some requests I've calculated suggested changes for sizes 36, 38 & 40. You'll find these at the end of this post following the scoop neckline instructions. Not having test knitted these sizes I didn't want to add them to the original pattern.
************My bust is 34, but I'm short and usually wear US size 0 clothing. I make my knits with negative ease and block them to fit, so I recommend anyone planning to make this check the gauge and determine their desired finished measurements before starting to be sure it will fit. Don't forget to take the sleeves into account as they're quite snug. If more ease is required thicker yarn and larger needles could work. ************
Pink Lace Trimmed Sweater
To fit 34 inch bust with 1" negative ease.
Finished Measurements, measured flat after blocking:
Bust at underarm, 16 1/2"
Waist measured across centre of ribbed panel, 12 1/4"
Lower hem measured straight across, 14"
Length from shoulder to hem, 20 1/2"
Sleeve length from shoulder to hem, 18"
Sleeve hem measured across, flat, 5"
Under arm measured straight across to outside edge of sleeve, 5"
6 or 7 balls of Rowan Wool Cotton or similar yarn
that contains around 123 yards per ball and knits to
a tension of approx 22-24 sts and 30-32 rows to 4".
More yarn will be required for the larger sizes.
One pair each size 3.25mm and 3.5mm (US 3 & 4) needles,
or size to obtain gauge. One 3.25mm circular to finish neckline.
Using larger needles, 22 sts and 30 rows to 4" in stockinette
(Multiple of 6 + 3)
1) *K4, yf, sl 1, k1, psso; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
2nd and every alt row: Purl
3) K2, *k2tog, yf, k1, yf, sl 1, k1, psso, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
5) K1, k2tog, yf, *k3, yf, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yf; rep from * to last 6 sts, k3, yf, sl 1, k1, psso, k1.
7) K3, *yf, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yf, k3; rep from * to end.
Using 3.5mm needles, cast on 75 sts.
Do two rows stockinette, then work Diamond Pattern from rows 1 through to
8. Rep Diamond Pattern twice more, then rep rows 1 & 2 of Diamond Pattern
once. Purl 2 rows.
Change to 3.25mm needles and work 16 rows K3, P3 rib. ***Please note each RS row starts and ends with K3, resulting in a K4 column at the side seams after sewing up.***
Change back to 3.5mm needles and purl two rows.
Start stockinette stitch increasing 1 st at each end of this row, then inc 1 st at
ea end of every foll 6th row 8 times to 93 sts. Work straight until knitting measures 12 3/4" inches from beginning, or desired length to start of armholes, ending on a WS row.
Bind off 5 sts at beg of next two rows, then dec 1 st at each armhole edge on every alt row 5 times to 73 sts. Work straight until armholes measures 7 3/4 inches or
length required, ending on a WS row.
Bind off 7 sts at beg of next two rows, then 8 sts at beg of following two rows. Bind off remaining 43 sts.
Work as for back to start of armhole shaping. Bind off 5 stitches at beg of next two rows, then commence neckline shaping on the next row by binding off centre three stitches. Working one side at a time, dec 1 st at neck edge on every following alternate row 15 times, then dec 1 st at neck edge on every foll 4th row 5 times. At the same time, dec at armhole edge as for back. After all decreases have been worked you should have 15 sts remaining on this side. Continue in stockinette until work measures same as back to start of shoulder shaping. Bind off 7 sts at beg of next row, then 8 sts at beg of foll alt row. Join yarn to second side and dec at neck, armhole and shoulder as on first side. *** If preferred, join a second ball of yarn after binding off centre three stitches and work both sides simultaneously. ***
Using 3.5 mm needles, cast on 63 sts. Do two rows stockinette, then work rows 1 through to 8 of Diamond Pattern. Rep Diamond Pattern 4 more times. Rep rows 1 & 2 of Diamond Pattern, then purl across next (RS) row decreasing 16 sts evenly to 47 sts. Purl 1 row, then work in stockinette increasing 1 st at ea end of next row, then inc 1 st at ea end of every foll 6th row six times, making 7 increases in total. You should now have 61 sts. Work sleeve until desired length to armhole, ending on a WS row. Bind off 5 sts at beg of next two rows. 51 sts remain. Dec 1 st at each end of every following 2nd row three times to 45 sts, then dec 1 st at each end of every 3rd row ten times to 25 sts, then dec 1 st at ea end of every 2nd row, twice. Bind off remaining 21 sts.
Join shoulder seams (I did a three needle bind-off). With right side facing, using circular needle and starting at left shoulder seam and working down, pick up and knit 41 stitches including stitch at centre front, forty stitches up right front, and 45 stitches across back neckline. Bind these stitches off knitwise on next row.
Set in sleeves, sew side and sleeve seams, and darn in any loose ends.
NB When finishing with one row of knitting, the back neckline tends to roll slightly. Mine sits flat and looks neat so this doesn't bother me, but if it would bother you try finishing the neckline with a couple of rows ribbing or with crochet.
Scoop Front Neck Instructions:
Knit front as for back, dividing for neckline when work is approximately 3 1/2" past start of armhole shaping. At this point you will have 73 sts on the needle. Shape neck by working 30 sts, then bind off centre 13 sts. Now, working one side at a time (or if preferred, join in another ball of yarn and work both sides at the same time) dec 1 st at neck edge every row 7 times, then dec 1 st at neck edge every alternate row 8 times. You should now have 15 sts left (on each side). Continue knitting until front armhole is the same length as back armhole, then shape shoulders as for back. Pick up suitable number of stitches around neck edge, and finish as per original pattern.
Suggested changes to Pink Lace Trimmed Sweater for sizes 36, 38 & 40
Please refer to notes at end of pattern before starting.
Cast on 81/87/93 sts and follow size 34 pattern instructions up to first stockinette
row (after ribbing and two purl rows) at waist. Inc 1 st at each end of this
row, then inc 1 st at ea end of every foll 6th row 8 times more to 99/105/111
sts. Work straight until length desired to armhole ending on a WS row.
***Bind off 5/6/6 sts at beg of next two rows, then dec 1st at each armhole edge
on every alt row 7/7/8/ times.*** 75, 79, 83 sts rem. Work even until armhole measures 8"/8.25"/8.5" or required length, ending on a WS row.
Size 36 bind off 8 sts at beg of next four rows. Size 38 bind off 8 sts at beg of next two rows, then 9 sts at beg of foll two rows. Size 40 bind off 9 sts at beg of next four rows. Bind off remaining 43/45/47 sts.
Work as for back to armholes, then work from *** to *** of armhole shaping.
At the same time, start neck shaping by binding off centre three stitches on
the next row. Working one side at a time (or join in a second ball of yarn and
work both sides at the same time), dec 1st on alternate neck edge rows
15/16/17 times, then dec 1st on every fourth neck edge row 5/5/5 times.
You should have 16/17/18 sts remaining on each side. Work even until front
measures same as back to start of shoulder shaping, then shape shoulders
as for back.
Cast on 63/69/69/sts and work to first purl row past Diamond Lace Pattern.
Purl this row, decreasing 14/18/16 sts evenly to 49/51/53 sts. Purl 1 row,
then commence stockinette increasing 1 st at ea end of next row, then inc
1 st at each end of every foll 6th row 6/6/6 more times to 63, 65, 67 sts.
Work sleeve until desired length to armhole, ending on a WS row. Bind
off 5/6/6 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then dec 1 st at ea end of every
alt row 5/3/3 times. Dec 1 st at ea end every 3rd row 8/10/12 times, then
dec 1 st ea end every alt row 3/3/2 times. Bind off rem 21 sts.
Finish as per original pattern.
Please refer to neckline finishing note at end of original pattern before starting.
I calculated the larger sizes by upsizing from my sweater which was designed to very form-fitting, though not quite as form-fitting as it ended up. It shrunk to the proportions in the photos after I washed it.
Please note: I'm 5' 2". If you're taller, and/or would like to make the lower
half of the sweater longer, you could add an extra repeat or two of the lace
pattern and/or some extra ribbing at the waist. Keep in mind if you lengthen
this section too much, you might need more ease at the hips.
I've spaced the shaping as I knitted the pattern for myself. If you'd like extra length in the sweater's upper body or sleeves you could add an extra row or two between incs.
I calculated an extra 6 st lace rep into the sleeve cast on for sizes 38 & 40. If you want the sleeves less flared start with 63 sts and adjust the dec row accordingly. If you'd like more flare, add extra lace reps and adjust the dec row to suit.
Please keep in mind I've only ever made patterns in my size before, and only a few at that, and while this pattern should work I can't guarantee it. Good luck if you decide to knit it. Please pm me if you have any questions or find any errors.