I so much enjoyed creating Murron I decided to make another sweater with a Japanese stitch. I am sure there will be more to come! This one is not as complex. It is a top down compound raglan worked entirely in the round; so you don’t have to worry about knitting lace on the wrong side. The compound raglan allows for a more flattering fit because the rate of increase varies to more accurately follow the shape of the body. I love the way the stitch pattern adds depth and interesting lines to the edges of the sweater, giving it a romantic air. I used Shibui Staccato, which is an absolutely wonderful yarn. It is soft, smooth; has wonderful stitch definition and beautiful sheen and colors. The perfect choice for this design! In keeping with the Braveheart theme I named it Isabelle after Princess Isabelle in Braveheart.
Finished bust: 30.75 (33.5, 36.5, 39.25, 42.25, 45.25, 48, 51.25, 54.25, 57.25, 60)”. Size 33.5” modeled with 0.5” negative ease.
Yarn: Shibui Staccato, 65% superwash merino, 30% silk, 5% nylon; 191 yds (175 m) per 50g skein; color: #2017 Velvet, 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13) skeins, 1030 (1109, 1225, 1379, 1519, 1668, 1818, 2007, 2147, 2268, 2340) yds.
Needles: Size 3/3mm 24” circular needle and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles.
Other: Stitch markers, waste yarn, tapestry needle.
Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch. 27-st Sleeve Panel = 3” wide. 57-st Front/Back Lace Panel = 7.5” wide.
Notes: This sweater is a compound raglan constructed from the top down in one piece. The compound raglan allows for a more flattering fit because the rate of increase varies to more accurately follow the shape of the body. It increases more rapidly between the neck and shoulders and at the end to curve around the underarm, but more gradually in the section in between. There is no body shaping past the armholes; the lace panels add some natural shaping. The length of the body and sleeves are easily adjusted.
There are a lot of markers used in this pattern to make the instructions more clear; you certainly do not have to use them all. I would suggest using different colors for the different lace panels.
The decreases used in the Lace Panels are twisted decreases, be sure to read definitions listed below and on the chart key.
You can adjust the fit of the cardigan by the way in which it is blocked. A soft block (with no pins) will give a more fitted fit. If it is blocked with pins to stretch the lace out it will give a looser fit. The sample was soft blocked.
The cuff is 4.5” long with 6 repeats of the Sleeve Lace