Eleven Hundred Dollars Sweater
Lisa’s clothes in Rear Window are fabulous celebrations of femininity: cross-over tops, wispy, floaty material, teeny-tiny nipped-in waists. I’ve tried to bring something of that glamour to this design. The geometric lines and princess seams flatter and curve the waist and the sleeves are a flirty knit mesh with lots of shape. When Lisa shows off her Paris dress to Jeff she tells him it’s “A steal at eleven hundred dollars.” Well, I hope you get at least eleven hundred dollars’ worth of compliments when you show off this top!
The sweater is worked from the bottom up. The waistband is worked in the round to the crossover, then the body is worked flat and splits into back and fronts at the armholes. The sleeves are worked flat, top-down.
Basic knitting skills
Knitting flat and in the round
Increases / decreases
Long tail cast on
Provisional cast on
3-needle bind off
Working simple lace from chart or written instructions
Slipped stitch colorwork
Knowledge of basic sweater construction
Picking up stitches
Basic crochet stitches
I-cord, applied I-cord and applied I-cord bind off
Sewing on buttons
Kitchener stitch (grafting)
Women’s 30 (33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54)” / 76 (84, 91.5, 99, 106.5, 114.5, 122, 129.5, 137)cm; shown in size 36” / 91.5cm. Intended to be worn with 3” / 7.5cm of positive ease in the main part of the top, but no to negative ease at the waistband.
Fyberspates Scrumptious 4 Ply / Sport Superwash (45% silk, 55% superwash merino; 400 yds / 365m per 100g skein)
MC Slate #307; 3 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5 skeins
CC Natural #310; 1 skein
Needles and Oddments
32-inch US #4 / 3.5mm circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
24-inch US #4 / 3.5mm circular needle or US #4 / 3.5mm dpns
US size C or D / 3mm crochet hook
9 removable stitch markers, at least 3 split
2 x pearl buttons (diameter 3/8”)
4 Yarn holders and 2 safety pins, or waste yarn for holding stitches
27 sts and 36 rows = 4” / 10cm in stockinette stitch
18 sts and 38.5 rows = 4” / 10cm in purse stitch
32 sts and 56 rounds = 4” / 10cm in zebra stitch. One repeat of the zebra stitch is 3” / 17.5cm wide.