Cornelia by Monique Heijboer


March 2019
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1225 - 1367 yards (1120 - 1250 m)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Cornelia is dedicated to my oldest sister Corrie who passed away on October 28th, 2018. I was working on this sweater at the time of her passing. My sister loved my knitting and was a keen crafter herself, and I hope she would have liked her sweater.

This pattern is and will always be, available for free from Ravelry and through my blog, to give back a little bit of joy in return for what I have gained and learned from being a part of this community and for the many friends I have made in the years since I joined Ravelry.

Cornelia has a boxy A-line shape knit in stockinette, with a split hem, sleeve cuffs and collar worked in broken rib stitch. The collar is split at the back, which allows the front to stand up and fold out wide over your shoulder. If you want, the sweater can be worn both ways, with the split of the collar at the front also. The shaping allows for this option.

Cornelia is knitted from the top down, starting with a round yoke construction, increased by “kfsb” (knit-front-slip-back) increases. 
Sleeve stitches are put on hold while the body is worked with an a-line down to the broken rib hem, worked back and forth to create the side splits.
After the body is done, sleeve stitches are put back on the needles to be worked top down in the round to a broken rib cuff.
Finally, stitches are picked up from the cast on edge for the split back collar, worked in broken rib on the wrong side, so the pattern shows correctly when the collar is folded down.

De Rerum Natura Gilliatt, 100% French merino yarn, worsted weight 250m/100 gr., colour Fusain.
or approx. 1120 meters of worsted weight yarn that gives you the correct gauge. 
This garment is worn with a lot of ease and needs a yarn that will drape well.


4.5 mm (US 5) circular needle (60/80 cm)

5 mm (US 6) circular needle)

5 mm (US 6) circular needle or DPN’s 
to work smaller circumferences in the round

please note: use the needle size that gives you the right gauge and fabric for your Cornelia. My testers adapted the size to fit their needs by changing yarns and needle sizes. This is very easy to do as the boxy fit is very forgiving and the top-down construction lets you try it on to adjust the fit as you work on it.


stitch markers, waste yarn or stitch holders, tapestry needle, blocking materials

17 stitches x 26 rows = 10 cm (4”) in 
stockinette stitch on larger needle.
18 stitches x 26 rows = 10 cm (4”) in 
broken rib pattern (flat) on smaller needle
19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 cm (4”) in 
broken rib pattern (in the round) on smaller needle
Gauge is measured after washing and blocking

Bust circumference of the finished sweater:
120 cm/45”

to fit an actual bust circumference of:
100 cm/40”

The sweater is designed to be worn with approximately 20 cm (8”) of positive ease.

The size of the sweater is very easily adjustable by choosing thinner yarn and smaller needles.

Thank you to my lovely testers Eva-Maria, Nadja and Waltraud for your help and support.