My Helen sweater is a shapely, lacy, v-neck pullover. Its Hexagon Fern lace – an easily mastered 18 stitch by 16 row repeat – is worked throughout and echoes the lines of its 1x1 rib trim and angled neckline. The bodice is slim fitting, extending mid-hip in length, and follows body curves. Narrow sleeves end just below the elbow – long short sleeves that feel ample. This versatile piece may be dressed up or down and layered, establishing it as one of my all-occasion, year-round favorites.
Bust: 31, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55 inches
Length: 25.5, 26, 26.25, 26.5, 26.75, 27, 27.25 inches
Shown in Chickadee wool by Quince & Co. , 100% wool; 181 yds (166m) per 50g skein; color – Pomegranate #112; 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 skeins, or for comparable yarn, approximately 910, 1080, 1225, 1405, 1560, 1740, 2050 yards; I always buy extra.
Needles and notions, etc.
1 set US #5/3.75mm straight needles, or size to obtain gauge
Stitch markers for indicating lace repeats
T-pins for blocking
24 sts and 32 rows to 4 inches in St st
22.4 sts and 29.5 rows to 4 inches in Hexagon Fern lace st after blocking
Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Techniques: knit, purl, long-tail CO, ssk, k2tog, k2tog tbl, p2tog, p2tog tbl, m1, yo, sl-k2tog-psso, ssk-L-psso-R, stitch pick up around neckline, short row shaping, blocking, and seaming.
13 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.