Worked mainly in the round, with a split lace hem at the bottom edges of body and 3/4 length sleeves, the focal points of this raglan-sleeved pullover (besides the lace edgings) are the Four Sisters lace pattern on the sleeves, and the twist stitch columns which help shape and define the waist. The worsted-weight yarn works up quickly on US size 8 needles. (I used a cotton blend, but now that it's October, I've been eyeing one of the many lovely wool/silk yarns for a cool weather/holiday version: S. Charles Collezione Dynasty, perhaps, or Tahki Savoy,
or Cascade Venezia Cascade Venezia Worsted (oops!), or Knitpicks Andean Silk (alpaca, silk, wool), or Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb, or Noro Cash Iroha (silk, wool, cashmere, & nylon, or Plymouth Royal Silk Merino--just be sure to check your gauge extra-carefully and adjust needle size if necessary, if you use a different yarn!....) The lace split hems of the body and sleeves are worked back and forth, then joined to work the remainder of body and sleeves (to the bottom of armholes) in the round. Directions are also given for working non-split lace hems, in the round. To taper the neckband slightly while continuing the lace pattern, you will change to a US size 7 and then a US size 6 needle.
Intermediate: skills used include lace knitting, reading chart, picking up sts for neckband.
18 sts/22 rows to 4” in st st; approx 17 sts to 4” (21 sts to 5”) in Bead Stitch patt. Check gauge on blocked swatch.
Berroco Touche’, 50% cotton/50% Rayon, 89 yds/82 m per 50 gm skein, color #7930, 8 [8, 9, 10 ,11, 12, 12, 13] skeins.
US size 8/5 mm circular needle, 24-47” depending on selected size.
US size 8/5 mm double pointed (dp) needles, one set, for sleeves.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.
US size 7/4.5 mm circular needle, 16-24”, for lace neckband.
US size 6/4 mm circular needle, 16-24”, for lace neckband.
Stitch holders, extra needles or waste yarn
SIZES & MEASUREMENTS (Note that there is both a size XL and a size 1X.)
XS S M L XL 1X 2X 3X
Bust 32 35 38 41½ 44½ 48 51 54½ in
81 89 97 105 113 122 130 138 cm
Waist 28 31 34 37½ 40½ 44 47 50½ in
71 79 86 95 103 112 119 128 cm
Hip 33 36 39 42½ 45½ 49 52 55½ in
84 91 99 108 116 124 132 141 cm
Length 19½ 20 20½ 21 21½ 22 22 22 in
50 51 52 53 55 56 56 56 cm
Sleeve length 13½ 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 in
34 34 33 36 36 36 36 36 cm
Upper arm circ 12 12½ 13 14 15 16 16½ 17 in
30 32 33 36 38 41 42 43 cm
Shown in size S.
Note: After much consideration, I decided to charge $6.50 for this pattern; it turned out to be quite time-consuming to carry out all the calculations to make sure that the twist stitch columns were properly placed for all sizes, and that the lace hem and Four Sisters pattern and lace neckband all lined up correctly. As always, I will gladly refund the purchase price if you are not completely happy with the pattern.
Click here to purchase! Included are all written instructions, schematic, and Bead Stitch and Four Sisters charts; after purchase you will be emailed a link to download the pattern in pdf format.
Edited to add: After a comment from a reader (thanks, Jocelyn!) I realized I had linked to Cascade Venezia, at a ball-band gauge of 3.5 sts/inch on U.S. #9 or 10 needles, instead of Cascade Venezia Worsted, at a gauge of 5 sts/inch on U.S. #7 needles. While I was at it, I threw in a few more silk/wool blend yarn alternatives; of course other blends and fibers could also work. (Worsted and aran weight yarns, by the way, are lumped together by the Craft Yarn Council of America in their Standard Yarn Weight System, and have a gauge of 4-5 sts/inch, although worsted is generally put on the lighter end, and aran on the heavier end, of that scale.) All of the yarns above have ball band gauges of either 4.5 or 5 sts/inch on #7 or 8 needles, and although the tension achieved by different knitters, and therefore the gauge, can vary quite a bit, I felt that these weights should be close enough to get gauge for this sweater for most knitters, if necessary with a needle change of no more than one size up or down. I should add that I personally have NOT yet used any of the above yarns; proceed at your own risk!