Ibisco by Thea Colman


February 2014
DK (11 wpi) ?
5.5 stitches and 7 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette, finished blocked fabric
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1050 - 1950 yards (960 - 1783 m)
32(34,36,38,40,42)(44,46,48,50)" based on finished bust measurement.
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Ibisco is a bit dressier than my usual designs, but this yarn called for something a little special. The soft hand, the smallest hint of sheen and the subtle haze needed to be played with.

So this is my date sweater. Dolman sleeved, with an easy, body skimming fit and a neckline that gives a hint of collarbone without being too deep or wide, it’s sexy and feminine while remaining easy to wear.

I played with the traditional Dolman, creating sleeves with a fitted wrist and a bit less “batwing” than you’re used to seeing. Subtle shaping at the bust tailors them in just a bit, and since the sweater is knit bottom up, in the round, to the arms you can easily adjust length or shaping while working up.

The lace is simple and delicate and has a bit of texture to it, plus it can allow you a peek of tank underneath if you feel daring. The star of the sweater is the fabric, though, so I’ve made sure there is lots of stockinette. Soft and light, with a gorgeous drape - the mix of alpaca, wool and silk in the fiber is just lovely to knit with and almost decadent to wear.

It really just begs for big jewelry and a cocktail.

Finished sizes, based on bust: 32(34,36,38,40,42)(44,46,48,50)“

Yardage by size 1050(1150,1250,1300,1400,1500)(1600,1700,1850,1950)

In the photos, Melissa wears Ibisco with 2.5” of ease. I suggest 2-3”.