Easy-to-knit lacy sweater

Make this classic boatneck sweater and matching scarf and keep warm in style.

By Designed by Marilyn Saitz Cohen
Photography by Sandra Stambaugh
Illustrations by Orrin Lun

Knit a lacy sweater and scarf set

So soft, so feminine, so much like one of my favorite flowers. Those were my thoughts when I saw this angora/wool yarn. I love the feel and color of it, and wanted to design a romantic yet contemporary style to show it off. The stitch is an eyelet rib, lacy and simple to knit; the style is a timeless boatneck, easy to wear with pants, skirts and even jeans. Wrap, twist or knot the matching scarf any way you like to complete the eye-catching look.

Sizes
Small (medium, large)

Finished measurements
41 (45,49) inches (104,114,124.5 cm)

Materials
Approx. 1392 (1479, 1566) yards (1273, 1352.5, 1432 m) of 50% extra-fine wool/33% angora/17% nylon yarn, worsted weight
Knitting needles in size 8 U. S. (5 mm)
Tapestry needle for sewing seams

Gauge
20 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in pattern stitch using size 8 needles
Always take time to check your gauge.

Pattern stitch
Eyelet rib stitch (over a multiple of 6 + 2)
Row 1: *P2, k2 tog, yo, k2. Repeat from *, end p2.
Row 2: K2, *p2 tog, yo, p2, k2. Repeat from *.

Back
(Click here for back and front pattern.)
Cast on 104 (112, 122) sts.
Work in pattern until piece measures 22 (23, 24) inches (56, 58.5, 61 cm). Bind off.

Front
(Click here for back and front pattern.)
Work same as back.

Sleeves
(Click here for sleeve pattern.)
Cast on 44 (48, 50) sts.
Work in pattern, increasing 1 st each side every 5th row, to 19 (19-1/2, 20) inches (48.5, 49.5, 51 cm).
Bind off.

Scarf
(Click here for scarf pattern.)
Cast on 38 sts.
Work in pattern to 44 inches (112 cm). Bind off.

Finishing
Sew shoulder seams, leaving a neck opening of 9-1/2 (10, 10-1/2) inches (24, 25.5, 27 cm). Sew in sleeves (they will be long enough to cuff back).
Sew side and sleeve seams, leaving a slit opening of 11/2 inches (4 cm) at bottom of each side.

Note: This project was knitted with 16 (17, 18) balls of Muench Yarns' Lamour, color #12, .88 oz (25 g) approx. 87 yards (79.5 m) per ball.

Design tip: You can wear the sleeves of this sweater cuffed or uncuffed. The eyelet rib stitch looks as good on the wrong side as on the right side. When you're sewing the sleeve seams, be sure not to leave any knots at the cuff area that might show when the cuff is turned up.

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Excerpted from Knitting Simple Sweaters from Luxurious Yarns by Marilyn Saitz Cohen. Copyright 2003 by by Marilyn Saitz Cohen. Excerpted, with permission by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

 

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