Oh Elizabeth – what a thrill! The abundant cowl collar of this piece establishes it as a regal standout. Garter trimmed flame chevron lace (easily done) is inserted in a deep arc around the neckline framing the face in casual elegance. A shapely bodice, worn plain or belted, and bracelet-length sleeves add to its styling. This piece is slim-fitting and extends mid-hip in length with garter trimming at the hems. Worked bottom-up, the lower portion begins as one piece on circular needles, until the start of the front neckline where it splits and each side is worked separately. You’ll find this project works up quickly – a pleasure to both make and wear. Enjoy!
Bust: 31, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55 inches
Waist: 25.5, 29.5, 33.75, 37.5, 41.75, 45.5, 49.5 inches
Hips: 31, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55 inches
Length: 25.5, 26, 26.25, 26.5, 26.75, 27, 27.25 inches
Shown in Lark wool by Quince & Co.,100% wool; 134 yds (123 m) per 50g skein; color – Frost #103; 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14 skeins, or for comparable yarn, approximately 1180, 1310, 1415, 1540, 1665, 1775, 1890 yards; I always buy extra.
Needles and notions, etc.
1 20-inch to 32-inch circular needle in size US #7/4.5mm, or size to obtain gauge (use needle length shorter than the waist measurement of size selected)
1 24-inch circular needle in size US #7/4.5mm, or size to obtain gauge – same as above (for collar)
1 set US #7/4.5mm straight needles, or size to obtain gauge – same as circular (for flat knitting of upper bodice and sleeves)
Stitch markers (for marking start of round, side seam, and indicating lace repeats)
T-pins for blocking
19 sts and 28 rows to 4 inches in stockinette stitch
19 sts and 40 rows to 4 inches in garter stitch
19 sts and 29.5 rows to 4 inches in Flame Chevron lace after blocking
Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Techniques: knit, purl, circular knitting, yo, k2tog, ssk, p2tog, p2tog tbl, m1r, m1l, stitch pick up around neckline, short row shaping at shoulders, blocking, and seaming.
12 page pdf includes pattern instructions, photographs, schematics, lace pattern description and chart, assembly diagrams, and relevant abbreviations.