Cold Roses by Carina Spencer
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Cold Roses

Knitting
February 2018
Sport (12 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Left or Right Diagonal Ribbing
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1200 - 2000 yards (1097 - 1829 m)
41¼ (47½, 51½ , 58, 61¾, 68) ” / 105 (121, 131, 147, 157, 173) cm
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Cold Roses is a lightweight cropped pullover exploring the contrast between softness and structure: softness in the silhouette and the lacy yoke, structure in the linear texture of the ribbing and a split high-low hem. With no waist shaping, flattering feminine lines are created with careful placement of various ribbed stitch patterns combined with the drape of the light fabric and positive ease.

Skill level is intermediate with the lace yoke as the most challenging part of this knit - the lace is simple with a rest row on every wrong side. You do not need to know how to knit from charts as the instructions are entirely written. To simplify checking gauge across several stitch patterns, separate instructions are included just for making a swatch that uses all the main stitches for the sweater body!

This sweater was knit with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in Afterglow, a colorway I am honored to have designed for their Color Commentary series. Read more about the inspiration behind the colorway on my blog.

TECHNIQUES + STITCHES
cast on & bind off
knit & purl
knit & purl through the back loop
simple lace
knitting in the round
picking up sts
decrease (k2tog, SSK, sl1-k2tog-psso)

SIZES + MEASUREMENTS
FINISHED BUST CIRCUMFERENCE:
41¼ (47½, 51½ , 58, 61¾, 68) ” / 105 (121, 131, 147, 157, 173) cm

Pattern is sized to fit approximately 28-32 (34-36, 38-40, 42-44, 46-50, 52-56)” / 71-81 (86-91, 97-102, 107-112, 117-127, 133-143) cm body measurement at bust

Intended ease is + 10-16” at bust. The sample I’m wearing in the photos is a size 41¼” (105 cm) with about +10” ease.

MATERIALS
YARN: 1200 (1350, 1500, 1650, 1800, 2000) yards / 1100 (1235, 1370, 1510, 1650, 1830) m of sport weight yarn. Sample was knit with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport (100% Merino; 200 yards/2 oz. skein) in Afterglow

NEEDLES: For body - 32” circular needles in US 5 (3.75 mm), 4 (3.5 mm), & 2 (2.75 mm) OR sizes required to obtain gauges listed under “GAUGE”

For sleeves - DPNs (or needles appropriate for your preferred method of small circumference knitting) in US 4 (3.5 mm) or size required to obtain gauge listed for stockinette stitch

NOTIONS: stitch markers and removable stitch marker or safety pins, darning needle, blocking wires (optional, but recommended)

GAUGE
Gauges for sweater body –
With US 5 (3.75 mm), 30 sts & 36 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Right Diagonal Ribbing and Left Diagonal Ribbing, after blocking

With US 5 (3.75 mm), 25 sts & 36 rows = 4” (10 cm) in 1X1 Twisted Ribbing, after blocking

With US 2 (2.75 mm), 28 sts & 40 rows = 4” (10 cm) in English Mesh Lace, after blocking

With US 4 (3.5 mm), 28 sts & 38 rows = 4” (10 cm) in 1X1 Twisted Ribbing, after blocking

Gauge for sleeves –
With US 4 (3.5 mm), 26 sts and 34 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette, after blocking