Tech editor: Elizabeth Sullivan
Photographer: Caro Benna Sheridan
Petrea is a sweet, scoop-neck cardigan with traveling vine lace panels. The flutter elbow sleeves draw attention to a narrow waist, further highlighted with the triangular lace insert on the back of the sweater. It is knit in pieces from the bottom up and seamed. The garter stitch button band and neckline are added after seaming.
As with many of my designs, vertical darts for waist shaping keep things trim and flattering and allow for extremely flexible shaping, customized to fit your body. Should you desire less waist shaping than specified, you can omit or decrease the shaping rows entirely on the front of the cardigan. Bustier women can accommodate their needs by performing more increases on the front of the sweater, and not in the back. These extra stitches can be decreased into the neck edge, either in the initial bind-off, during the neck decreases, or both.
Petrea offers a balanced visual impression that flatters both curves and the bustline; worn with a close fit, it makes the perfect throw-on for that summer dress or tank. The balance of the scoop neckline and lace panels make Petrea a natural choice for proportional shapes, but with extremely minor alterations it will flatter other shapes as well: simply shorten or lengthen the cardigan or its sleeves to suit your personal preference.
As with all sweaters, carefully examine the pattern schematic to note potential modifications before you knit.
Mad Color Fiber Arts “Sweet” lives up to its name. The alpaca and silk blended with the merino give this yarn a great drape and the colors are perfectly blended to rich, saturated hues. The drape of the yarn opens up the lace panels perfectly and give just the right amount of swing to the fluttery sleeves. Should you desire to substitute yarn, please choose something that has a medium-weight, drapey fabric at the specified gauge. You will need approximately 592 (641, 705, 749, 818, 860, 917, 1009, 1099, 1194) yds/542 (586, 644, 685, 748, 786, 838, 923, 1004, 1092) m.