Oriel Lace Blouse
Pattern Description from Interweave Knits, Summer 2007: “A gently fitted silhouette and belled sleeves are the perfect foil for an intricate allover lace pattern of interlocking arches. Shirley Paden uses a drapey, slightly variegated silk ribbon keeps the top light and airy. The close-fitting collar closes up the back with a row of small buttons.”
“Shirley Paden loves intricate knitted patterns, whether cables or lace. She sampled several lace stitches before choosing the pattern used in her fitted Oriel Lace Blouse. She kept the silhouette simple to show off the lace; a high neck and flared sleeves add grace. Small buttons close the back neck opening.”
Finished Size: 36 (40½, 44½, 49)” bust circumference.
Yarn: Alchemy Yarns Silken Straw (100% silk; 236 yd 216 m/40 g): #92W moonstone, 6 (6, 7, 8) skeins.
Yarn Weight: #2 - Fine
Needles: Sizes 8 (5 mm), 7 (4.5 mm), 6 (4 mm), 5 (3.75 mm), 3 (3.25 mm), and 2 (2.75 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Size C/2 (2.75 mm) crochet hook; seven 3/8” buttons; stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Additional Gauge: 1 patt rep = 2¼” wide and 3½” high on size 5 needles after blocking.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Summer 2007
- Size 8 needle is used for the cast-on to provide an elastic edge for the lace pattern.
- Row counts are given throughout the instructions because the neckband is a continuation of the front and back; the neck pickup begins on a specific row.
- Garter stitch selvedges are worked throughout garment; knit the first and last stitch on all rows.
- Alternate working two rows with one skein and two rows with another to disguise any color difference between skeins.