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Dragon Lace Pullover

Knitting
May 2013
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette st
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
975 - 1755 yards (892 - 1605 m)
XS-3X
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NOTES:
1) ERRATA: The symbol for “purl on RS/knit on WS” (a dot inside stitch box) was omitted from chart key. This error has been corrected on patterns purchased on or after 6/6/13.
2) First photo shows earlier version of lace dragon; 2nd and 4th photos show final version (tail has been lengthened to better balance head and neck).

For a blog post on the design process, see here.**

From pattern page:

Years ago, when I first came across the “Leaning Ladder” stitch pattern in Barbara Walker’s “A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns,” I thought that the undulating lace column looked like the body of a dragon. So in early 2012, the Chinese Year of the Dragon, I decided to create a design incorporating a lace dragon, adding lace limbs, claws, head and tail to the “Leaning Ladder” pattern. I kept the rest of this hip-length pullover simple and classic, with set-in ¾-length sleeves, moderate waist shaping, V-neckline, I-cord trim at neck and cuffs, and turned hem.

Difficulty
Intermediate
Skills include working provisional cast on, working in the round, keeping track of row counts, decreasing and increasing, reading a lace chart, short row shaping, and working attached I-cord.

Materials
Yarn
DK or sport weight yarn, 975 (1105, 1230, 1365, 1500, 1635, 1755) yd/895 (1015, 1130, 1255, 1370, 1500, 1610) m. Shown in Frog Tree Pima Silk, 85% pima cotton, 15% silk, 155 yd (142 m)/1 ¾ oz (50 g) skein, #800, 7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins.

Needles US size 4/3.50 mm circular (cir), 24-47” depending on selected garment size, for hem facing. US size 5/3.75 mm cir, 24-47” depending on selected garment size, for body. US size 5/3.75 mm set of double-pointed (dpn), for sleeves. Larger garment sizes may use 16” US size 5/3.75 mm cir for upper sleeves. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions 4 stitch markers; 4 stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge
24 sts/32 rnds to 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch on US size 5/3.75 mm needles. Measure gauge on blocked swatch.

Notes
This pullover is worked in the round from the bottom up to the armholes. The Dragon Lace motif is given in chart form only.

Sizes and Garment Measurements
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X):
Bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56)”/81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132, 142) cm

Length: 22.5 (23, 23.25, 23.5, 23.75, 24, 24)”/57 (58.5, 59, 59.5, 60.6, 61, 61) cm

Sleeve circ at underarm: 12 (12.75, 13.25, 14.25, 15.75, 17.75, 19) “/30.5 (32, 34, 36.5, 40, 45, 48.5) cm

Shown in size S, modeled with two inches positive ease at bust.