Julissa by Vanessa Smith

Julissa

Knitting
November 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch worked in the round using larger needles, blocked
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
856 - 2174 yards (783 - 1988 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) [8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13] {14, 15, 16, 17, 18}
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Julissa is a modern raglan pullover knit seamlessly from the top down using a worsted weight yarn. A wide neckline, striking cable and lace details, three‑quarter length or full-length sleeves (your choice!), and a bit of waist shaping all together create this feminine, easy-to‑knit top. Short rows are used to lower the front neckline for a comfortable fit, and instructions are also provided for adding bust darts, if necessary. Wear this beautifully fitted sweater with your favorite pair of jeans and a complementary colored tee or tank top underneath.

Originally published as my first sweater pattern in 2011, this pattern was revised in 2021 to be #sizeinclusive and to improve the fit of preexisting sizes while staying true to the original sweater’s look and feel.

SIZES
1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) [8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13] {14, 15, 16, 17, 18}

FINISHED BUST CIRCUMFERENCES
In Inches: 30.5 (32, 34.5, 36, 38.5, 40, 42.5) [44, 46.5, 48, 50.5, 52, 54.5] {56, 58.5, 60, 62.5, 64}”
In Centimeters: 76 (80, 86, 90, 96, 100, 106) [110, 116, 120, 126, 130, 136] {140, 146, 150, 156, 160} cm

Pullover is intended to fit with 1–3” (2.5–7.5 cm) of negative ease and no positive ease at the full bust. Sample shown in size 3 with 1.5” (4 cm) of negative ease and no bust darts.

YARN
Plied, worsted weight yarn in the following amount(s):
With 3/4 Length Sleeves: 856 (896, 961, 1011, 1077, 1128, 1194) [1244, 1314, 1365, 1441, 1504, 1572] {1637, 1716, 1768, 1844, 1911} yards / 782 (820, 879, 924, 985, 1031, 1092) 1138, 1202, 1248, 1318, 1375, 1438 {1497, 1569, 1616, 1686, 1747} meters
For Long Sleeves, Add: 136 (141, 146, 155, 160, 164, 169) [179, 183, 192, 202, 211, 221] {230, 239, 249, 253, 263} yards / 125 (129, 133, 142, 146, 151, 154) 163, 167, 176, 184, 193, 202 {210, 219, 228, 232, 241} meters

Sample shown in Malabrigo Rios [worsted weight, 100% superwash merino wool] in colorway ‘Azul Profundo.’

NEEDLES

  • US 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 24” (60 cm), or needle size necessary to obtain correct gauge
  • US 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 24” (60 cm), or needle size .75 mm smaller than gauge needle
  • Circular needles in the same two sizes, 32” (80 cm) or longer, as appropriate for the sweater size chosen
  • Appropriate needle(s) in both sizes for your preferred method of knitting small circumferences in the round

GAUGE
20 sts and 29 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch worked in the round using larger needles, blocked

NOTIONS

  • (1) Stitch marker, unique, for beginning of round
  • (3) Stitch markers, color A, for raglan lines
  • (6) Stitch markers, color B, for cable panels
  • (2) Removable markers, to mark centers of underarms
  • Cable needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • Waste yarn or two spare circular needles/cords, for placing sleeve stitches on hold

Browsing projects that were made using the original instructions? Pattern published from November 2011 through November 2021 was available in sizes 2XS (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL), which had finished circumferences of 29¼ (32, 34½, 36½, 40, 43½, 48, 51½)” or 74 (81, 88, 93, 102, 110, 122, 131) cm at the high bust. Original photos (with brown background) show sweater in size XS with 2” of negative ease.

Social Sharing
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