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"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For Irene

My mother told me that she'd like me to design a sweater for her to knit ... a pullover with a boat neck and a little lace on the yoke and the sleeves, nothing too complicated ... well, her wish is my command!

Sweater front, back and sleeves are worked flat from the top down and seamed (although sweater body and sleeves could be worked in the round (just eliminate selvedge stitches) below underarms) ...

with a few short rows to shape the shoulders ...

... and a stockinette body and wide ribs on the sleeves that transition beautifully into lace.

Finished sweater sizes: 32 (34, 37, 40, 44, 48, 54)". 0-3" ease recommended. Shown in size 37 worn with 1" ease on a 36" dress form.

Yarn: 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins Sunday Knits 3 ply (light sport weight - 246 yds / 225 m per 50g skein) in Angelic (75% merino 25% angora), Eden (100% merino), Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere), or Brigadoon (100% merino tweed). Shown in Nirvana emerald.

Substitute any light sport weight yarn that works nicely to gauge.

Needles & Notions: Size 4 US / 4.0 mm straight or circular needles (with a long cable for sweater body and a shorter one for sleeves); stitch markers, tapestry needle. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Gauge: 23 stitches and 35 rows = 4" in Stockinette stitch, 20 stitches and 40 rows in pattern stitch. Measure gauge from the center stitches of a large washed and dried swatch.

Techniques used: Lace, short rows (explained).

Pattern includes: Written instructions, stitch patterns in both charted and written format, schematics, glossary.

Available as a pattern download or as a kit

Knit For Irene