Laika by Ysolda Teague


May 2011
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in mesh pattern
US 3 - 3.25 mm
1395 - 2640 yards (1276 - 2414 m)
30" to 60"
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My goals when designing Laika were simple. So often in warmer weather I find myself reaching for the store bought cardigans in my wardrobe over the handknits because they’re thin enough to stuff in my bag. Lace can be delicate and girly, but it can also be simple and geometric and I love knitting on simple lace patterns because they grow so fast and mould to the body so well. Laika is the perfect cardigan to carelessly throw in your bag as an extra layer with any outfit, pretty but casual, lightweight but not too delicate.

30 [32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60]” bust
76 [81, 86, 91, 97, 102, 107, 112, 117, 122, 127, 132, 137, 142, 147, 153] cm bust

Shown in sizes 34 and 48 with zero ease at the bust.

Fingering or heavy laceweight yarn with a suggested gauge of 7-9 sts per inch / 2.5cm. The garter stitch borders are worked with the yarn held double so it will have enough structure using less sturdy yarns than sock yarn, although more loosely spun yarns will obviously be less durable. The stitch patterns used are very stretchy and can be worked successfully in fairly inelastic yarns, but only those that are lightweight, anything too heavy like cotton will cause the sweater to stretch out of shape and won’t bounce back. Other than the recommended wool blend, cashmere and alpaca blends would also be good choices. My original prototype for Laika was actually worked in a lofty cashmere laceweight, it doesn’t look so great anymore, but it’s wonderfully snuggly.

Note: Measure gauge after blocking - lightly stretch just enough to open up the stitch pattern but do not stretch out as much as possible as you might for a lace shawl

Needles and Notions
US 3 / 3.25mm circular, a 24” / 60cm needle can be used for the body of the sweater, but was difficult for the edging, make things easy on yourself and use a 32” / 80cm or longer needle.
US 3 / 3.25mm for your preferred method of working small circumferences in the rnd.
Scrap yarn for holding sts.
Stitch markers.
5/8” / 15-18mm buttons - 20 for sizes 30-34, 22 for sizes 36-46, 24 for sizes 48+

Helpful links
Blog post - Working in pattern while increasing on Laika
Technique Thursday - One row buttonholes
Blog post - Using charts
Technique Thursday - Yarn overs