The first in my knitted lace series is Dorothy, a simply shaped sleeveless shell. Its leaf lace stitch – a 10 stitch by 12 row repeat – adds texture and a potential color peek from an underlying garment – a camisole, short sleeved tee, or even light weight long sleeves! You’ll find it to be a quick knit – a delightful and satisfying project!
This piece is worked bottom-up on circular needles, splitting at the armholes where it is worked flat. Its trim, a few garter rows, is spawned from stitches picked up along the hem, armholes, and neckline.
Bust: 30.5, 35, 39, 43.5, 48, 52, 56.5 inches
Length: 24, 24.5, 25, 25.5, 25.75, 26, 26.25 inches
Shown in Classic Elite’s Wool Bam Boo , 50% bamboo viscose, 50% wool; 118 yards per 50 gram skein; Color: Minneola (1612); 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8 skeins or, for comparable yarn approx. 475, 550, 625, 700, 800, 875, 950 yards. I always buy extra.
Needles and notions, etc.
1 24-inch circular needle in size US #6/4mm or size to obtain gauge
1 16-inch circular needle for armholes and neckline trim – same size as 24-inch circular
1 set straight needles for flat knitting above armholes – same size as 24-inch circular
Stitch markers with color variety – for differentiating stitch points and lace repeat sets
T-pins for blocking
Blocking wires for best results – optional
22 sts and 30 rows to 4 inches in stockinette stitch
18.5 sts and 27.5 rows to 4 inches in leaf lace pattern after blocking
Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Techniques: knit; purl; garter stitch; k2tog; skp; sk2p; yo; long-tail CO; stitch pick up around neckline, armhole, and hem; blocking, and seaming.
10 page pdf includes pattern instructions, photographs, schematics, relevant abbreviations, lace shaping notes, and a multi-set lace template to assist tracking of lace stitch sequences during shaping.