Tristania by Kate Scalzo


November 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette on US 5, blocked
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
880 - 1894 yards (805 - 1732 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X)
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It’s a girl! It’s a boy! It’s a sweater!

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. And your clothes help you to feel that way all the time, right? No?

I certainly needed some pieces in my maternity and nursing wardrobe that were stylish, flattering, and convenient for my role as “mommy.” As I recall from the birth of my first son, Owen, the transition from pregnant body to nursing mother was particularly difficult to dress. Most days, I looked at my options and just settled on another striped top with excessive layers of fabric at the top that made me feel more like a shapeless dairy cow than the spicy meatball I believe myself to be.

Enter “Tristania” (pronounced tris-TAHN-ia), designed when I was pregnant with my son, Tristan. Meant to be worn over a maternity or nursing tank top, “Tristania” features a gorgeously shaped back with cable detailing and lace panelling down the front, ending in a deep V to make breastfeeding a snap. The waist is a forgiving rib which flows downward into a tunic length bottom that flatters even those of us with an additional 10-lb human “under the hood” or, lets face it, an extra 10 lbs in the back.

That said, it need not be limited to the reproductively active! I fully intend to wear “Tristania” for years to come. I hope you enjoy this “baby” of mine as much as I do.


VERSION 2 (Dec 2018): none yet
VERSION 1: For size L, you will end up with 166 sts for the back instead of 164. Also use a “ssk” at the end of rows 6 and 12 in the lace chart instead of a double decrease.

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