Leia by Natasja Hornby


April 2020
Sport (12 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
984 - 1569 yards (900 - 1435 m)
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
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Sophisticated, elegant but far from boring Leia will take you from day to night feeling cool, collected and very well dressed.
This modern, unfussy take on the round yoke sweater emphasizes the wearers face and neck, and the flattering, neat shape of the sweater will complement most body types. Leia’s textured front and back panel add extra interest, without compromising the wearability or losing the effortless appeal.

Leia is a top down hybrid and is designed to have a relaxed fit with approx 12.5 cm - 5” of positive ease at bust. The upper yoke is knit flat, starting with a provisional cast on. The upper yoke has one row stripes, which will require you to work two RS rows, followed by two WS rows. This technique is not difficult to master and is carefully explained in the pattern. To shape the yoke, decreases are worked within the stripes and the neckline is shaped by binding off stitches. The lower yoke, body and sleeves are worked top down from the provisional cast on edge.

XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Finished bust circumference: 95 (105.5, 118, 128, 140,5, 151, 157.5) cm /37.5 41.5, 41.5, 46.5, 50.5, 55.5, 59.5, 62”.
Sample is shown in size S and has approximately 15 cm / 6” of positive ease.

The design is suitable for a large range of sport weight yarns. If you prefer a more summery version of the sweater, I would recommend a wool/linen or a wool/silk blend. A 100% linen or silk is not recommended, due to the lack of elasticity of these yarns.
For a warmer version of the sweater, I recommend an alpaca (blend) yarn to achieve a similar drape as the sample.

Beware that yarns with silk or alpaca tend to grow after blocking, so block your swatch and measure your gauge carefully.

MC approx 800 850, 935, 1000, 1075, 1150, 1275 m /
875 930, 1025, 1100, 1175, 1250, 1400 yards.
CC approx 100 105, 115, 125, 135, 145, 160 m /
110 115, 125, 140, 150, 160, 175 yards.

The Stitch pattern for the front & back panels and the yoke are both charted and written out.

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