Here’s Lena! – a versatile all-season pullover, super terrific wardrobe addition, AND very fun knit! Lena’s fit is slim and shapely, extending high hip in length. Her neckline is a wide shallow scoop that enhances the drama of her raglan three-quarter sleeves, all trimmed up in a 1x1 rib. Double Wing lace is Lena’s overall texture – an easily memorized 16 stitch by 10 row repeat. Its reverse stockinette, re-employed at the edges, allows (minimal) seaming to be worked comfortably and oh so invisibly! Lena is worked bottom-up on circular needles until the underarm and start of raglan shaping where the bodice splits and each side is worked separately. The neckline trim is continued from stitches held with just a bit of pick up along each side front.
Bust: 31, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55 inches
Waist: 26.5, 30, 34.5, 38, 42.5, 46, 50 inches
Hips: 31, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55 inches
Length: 24, 24.5, 24.75, 25, 25.25, 25.5, 25.75 inches
Shown in Chickadee wool by Quince & Co. (100% wool; 181 yds per 50g skein); color – Petal #111; 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 skeins, or for comparable yarn, approximately 1100, 1270, 1420, 1620, 1780, 1995, 2175 yards. I always buy extra.
Needles and notions, etc.
Needles size US #5/3.75mm or size to obtain gauge
• 1 20-inch to 32-inch circular for lower bodice (use length shorter than waist measurement of size selected)
• 1 set straight for upper bodice and sleeves
• 1 16-inch to 24-inch circular for neckline
Stitch markers for indicating lace repeats
T-pins for blocking
24 sts and 32 rows to 4 inches in stockinette stitch
26 sts and 33.6 rows to 4 inches in double wing lace
Level of Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
Techniques: knit, purl, yo, k2tog, ssk, sl1-k2tog-psso, m1r, m1l, p2tog, p2tog tbl, long-tail CO method, stitch pick for neckline trim, short row shaping at shoulders, blocking, and seaming.
12 page pdf includes pattern instructions, photographs, schematics, relevant abbreviations, lace description and chart, lace shaping notes, a row tracking grid for managing at-the-same-time instructions, and a multi-set lace chart template to assist tracking of lace stitch sequences during shaping.