Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Fall 2005: “Sharon Shoji likes to take a classic sweater style, then give it a contemporary twist. In this figure-flattering sweater, she begins with a lush lambswool-mohair yarn in a silhouette that dates back to the Ancient Greeks, complete with tapered sides, rounded neck, fitted sleeves, and cords that wrap the body. She adds an organza ruffle at the hem for a romantic touch.”
Finished Size: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)” (86.5 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127 cm) bust circumference.
Yarn: Rowan Kid Classic (70% lambswool, 26% kid mohair, 4% nylon; 151 yd 140 m/50 g): #841 lavender ice, 5 (6, 7, 7, 8) balls. Yarn distributed by Westminster Fibers.
- Body and Sleeves - Sizes 7 and 8 (4.5 mm and 5 mm).
- I-cord - size 5 (3.5 mm): set of 2 double-pointed (dpn).
- Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Removable marker or safety pin; tapestry needle; size F/5 (3.75 mm) crochet hook; ¼ yd (0.25 m) 45” (114.5-cm) lavender chiffon; sharp-point sewing needle and matching thread for attaching chiffon; sewing machine for stitching gathering rows on chiffon (optional).
- To improve the fit and prevent the sweater from hiking up in front, the shoulder seams are deliberately set ½” (1.3 cm) forward of the exact top of the shoulder, making the back armhole depth 1” (2.5 cm) longer than the front armhole depth.
- To ensure a loose cast-on edge, cast on with the larger needles, then work 4 rows with the smaller needles.
- To reduce the stair-step effect and create smoother bind-off edges, slip the first stitch of the group to be bound off, knit the next stitch, then pass the slipped stitch over. Bind off the rest of the stitches required in the usual mannter, knitting each stitch.