Knitting & Crochet

How to knit a lacy sweater with ruffles

Author: Canadian Living

Knitting & Crochet

How to knit a lacy sweater with ruffles

This vintage 1950s-style sweater has a ruffled collar and lower edge. It goes well with the gloves in the adjacent pattern in Shades of Winter.

Take a look at the larger image of a completed lacy sweater with ruffles.

Finished measurements
31 (33-3/4, 36-1/2, 39-1/4, 42-3/4, 47)" (78.5 [85.5, 92.5, 99.5, 108.5, 119.5] cm) bust circumference and 20¾ (21-3/4, 22-1/2, 23-1/4, 24, 24-3/4)" (53 [55, 57, 59, 61, 63] cm) long. To fit woman's sizes xsmall (small, medium, large, 1X, 2X). Shown in size medium.

Take a look at the illustrated instructions for the pattern measurements.

Yarn
Baby weight (fine #2).
Marks & Kattens Eco Baby Wool (100 per cent eco-wool; 91 yd [83 m]/25 g): beige 174, 13 (14, 15, 17, 18, 20) balls.

Needles
U.S. size 6 (4 mm): straight and 32" (80 cm) long circular (cir) needles. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions
Stitch holders; tapestry needle; three 7/8" (22 mm) buttons.

Gauge
23 sts and 34 rows = 4" (10 cm) in patt.

Notes
Circular needles can be used for the back and collar to accommodate the large number of stitches. Do not join. When the back ruffle is completed, change to straight needles if desired.

If a chart row begins or ends with a (yarnover, k2tog), knit those stitches.

To maintain stitch counts while shaping, if a yarnover cannot be worked with its accompanying k2tog or vice versa, work that stitch in stockinette.

How to knit the back of a sweater
With straight or cir needles, CO 215 (237, 248, 270, 292, 314) sts.
Row 1: (WS) Knit.
Row 2: (RS) K1 (edge st), p4, *k7, p4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Row 3: (WS) K1 (edge st), k4, *p7, k4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Rows 4–9: Rep Rows 2 and 3 three more times.
Row 10: K1 (edge st), p4, *sssk, k1, k3tog, p4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st)-- 139 (153, 160, 174, 188, 202) sts.
Row 11: K1 (edge st), k4, *p3, k4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Row 12: K1 (edge st), p4, *sk2p, p4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st) -- 101 (111, 116, 126, 136, 146) sts.
Row 13: K1 (edge st, k4, *p1, k4); rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Row 14: Knit.
Row 15: K1 (edge st), purl to last st and dec 2 (3, 2, 3, 1, 2) st(s) evenly spaced, k1 (edge st) -- 99 (108, 114, 123, 135, 144) sts.
Row 16: K1 (edge st), k1, *(yo) twice, sk2p; rep from * to last 2 sts, k1, k1 (edge st).
Row 17: K1 (edge st), p1, *(k1, p1) in double yo, p1; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Next (inc) row: (RS) Knit and inc 2 (1, 2, 2, 0, 3) st(s) evenly spaced -- 101 (109, 117, 125, 135, 147) sts.
Next row: K1 (edge st), purl to last st, k1 (edge st).
Next row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows twice more, then rep WS row once more.
Change to Lace Patt and work as foll:
Row 1: (RS) K1 (edge st), beg at your size at right side of Lace Patt back chart and work 2 (6, 4, 2, 7, 7) sts, rep next 6 sts 16 (16, 18, 20, 20, 22) times, work rem 1 (5, 3, 1, 6, 6) st(s) of chart, k1 (edge st).
Row 2: K1 (edge st), beg at your size at left side of chart and work 1 (5, 3, 1, 6, 6) st(s), rep next 6 sts 16 (16, 18, 20, 20, 22) times, work rem 2 (6, 4, 2, 7, 7) sts, k1 (edge st).
Next (dec) row: (RS) K1 (edge st), ssk, work in est patt to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (edge st) -- 2 sts dec'd.
Rep dec row every 20 rows 4 more times—91 (99, 107, 115, 125, 137) sts rem. Work even until piece measures 13-1/2 (13-3/4, 14-1/4, 14-1/2, 15, 15-1/4)" (34 [35, 36, 37, 38, 39] cm) from beg, ending with a WS row.

Follow this legend and take a look at the illustrated instructions for knitting the back of a sweater.

Shape armholes
BO 8 (9, 11, 11, 13, 16) sts at beg of next 2 rows, 4 sts at beg of next 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 2) rows, 3 sts at beg of next 0 (0, 0, 2, 2, 0) rows, 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows, then 1 st at beg of next 6 (6, 6, 4, 6, 6) rows—65 (71, 75, 79, 83, 87) sts. Work even until armhole measures 6-3/4 (7, 7-1/2, 7-3/4, 8-1/4, 8-3/4)" (17 [18, 19, 20, 21, 22] cm), ending with a WS row.

Shape shoulders and neck
Next row: (RS) BO 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10) sts, work 14 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20) sts, place center 23 (23, 25, 25, 27, 27) sts onto holder for neck, join a second ball of yarn and work to end.

Next row: BO 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10) sts, purl to last 2 sts of left shoulder, p2tog; on other side, BO 1 st, purl to end.
Next row: BO 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) sts, work to last 2 sts of right shoulder, k2tog; on other side, BO 1 st, work to end.
Next row: BO 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9) sts, purl to neck; on other side, purl to end.
BO 6 (7, 7, 8, 8, 9) sts at beg of next 2 rows.

How to knit the left front of a sweater
With straight needles, CO 109 (120, 131, 131, 142, 153) sts.
Row 1: (WS) Knit.
Row 2: (RS) K1 (edge st), p4, *k7, p4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (front band).
Row 3: K5 (front band), p4, *k7, p4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Rows 4–9: Rep Rows 2 and 3 three more times.
Row 10: K1 (edge st), p4, *sssk, k1, k3tog, p4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 -- 73 (80, 87, 87, 94, 101) sts.
Row 11: K5, *k4, p3; rep from * to last 5 sts, k4, k1 (edge st).
Row 12: K1 (edge st), p4, *sk2p, p4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 -- 55 (60, 65, 65, 70, 75) sts.
Row 13: K5, *k4, p1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k4, k1 (edge st).
Row 14: Knit.
Row 15: K5, purl to last st and dec 0 (2, 4, 1, 0, 2) st(s) evenly spaced, k1 (edge st) -- 55 (58, 61, 64, 70, 73) sts.
Row 16: K1 (edge st), k1, *(yo) twice, sk2p; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 17: K5, p1, *(k1 p1) in double yo, p1; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).

Size 31 (333/4)" only
Next (dec) row: (RS) Knit and dec 2 (1) st(s) evenly spaced -- 53 (57) sts.
Sizes 361/2 (423/4)” only
Next row: (RS) Knit -- 61 (70) sts.
Sizes 391/4 (47)" only
Next (inc) row: (RS) Knit and inc 1 (3) st(s) evenly spaced -- 65 (76) sts.

Follow this legend and take a look at the illustrated instructions for knitting the front of a sweater.

All sizes
Next row: (WS) K5, purl to last st, k1 (edge st).
Next row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows twice more, then rep WS row once more.
Change to Lace Patt and work as foll:
Row 1: (RS) K1 (edge st), beg at your size at right side of Lace Patt front chart and work 2 (6, 4, 2, 7, 7) sts, rep next 6 sts 7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10) times, work rem 3 sts of chart, k5 (front band).
Row 2: K5 (front band), beg at left side of chart and work 3 sts, rep next 6 sts 7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10) times, work rem 2 (6, 4, 2, 7, 7) sts, k1 (edge st).
Next (dec) row: (RS) K1 (edge st), ssk, work in est patt to end -- 1 st dec'd.
Rep dec row every 20 rows 4 more times—48 (52, 56, 60, 65, 71) sts rem. Work even until piece measures 13-1/2 (13-3/4, 14-1/4, 14-1/2, 15, 15-1/4)" (34 [35, 36, 37, 38, 39] cm) from beg, ending with a WS row.

Shape the armhole and neck
Next row: (RS) BO 8 (9, 11, 11, 13, 16) sts, work to last 8 sts, k2tog, k6—39 (42, 44, 48, 51, 54) sts.
Continue BO at beg of RS rows 4 sts 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 1) time, 3 sts 0 (0, 0, 1, 1, 0) time, 2 sts once, then 1 st 3 (3, 3, 2, 3, 3) times and, at the same time, dec at end of every RS row 10 (10, 10, 8, 8, 6) more times, then every 4 rows 5 (5, 6, 8, 9, 11) times -- 19 (22, 23, 25, 26, 28) sts rem when shaping is complete.
Work even until armhole measures 6-3/4 (7, 7-1/2, 7-3/4, 8-1/4, 8-3/4)" (17 [18, 19, 20, 21, 22] cm), ending with a WS row.

Shape the shoulder
BO at beg of RS rows 10 sts 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 1) time, 9 sts 0 (0, 0, 1, 2, 2) time(s), 8 sts 0 (1, 2, 2, 1, 0) time(s), 7 sts 1 (2, 1, 0, 0, 0) times, then 6 sts 2 (0, 0, 0, 0, 0) times.

How to knit the right front of a sweater
With straight needles, CO 109 (120, 131, 131, 142, 153) sts.
Row 1: (WS) Knit.
Row 2: (RS) K5 (front band), p4, *k7, p4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Row 3: K1 (edge st), p4, *k7, p4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (front band).
Rows 4–9: Rep Rows 2 and 3 three more times.
Row 10: K5, p4, *sssk, k1, k3tog, p4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st) -- 73 (80, 87, 87, 94, 101) sts.
Row 11: K1 (edge st), *k4, p3; rep from * to last 9 sts, k4, k5 (front band).
Row 12: K5, p4, *sk2p, p4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st) -- 55 (60, 65, 65, 70, 75) sts.
Row 13: K1 (edge st), *k4, p1; rep from * to last 9 sts, k4, k5 (front band).
Row 14: Knit.
Row 15: K1 (edge st), purl to last 5 sts and dec 0 (2, 4, 1, 0, 2) st(s) evenly spaced, k5 -- 55 (58, 61, 64, 70, 73) sts.
Row 16: K5 (front band), k1, *(yo) twice, sk2p; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Row 17: K1 (edge st), p1, *(k1 p1) in double yo, p1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.

Follow this legend and take a look at the illustrated instructions for knitting the front of a sweater.

Size 31 (333/4)" only
Next (dec) row: (RS) Knit and dec 2 (1) st(s) evenly spaced -- 53 (57) sts.
Sizes 361/2 (423/4)” only
Next row: (RS) Knit -- 61 (70) sts.
Sizes 391/4 (47)" only
Next (inc) row: (RS) Knit and inc 1 (3) st(s) evenly spaced -- 65 (76) sts.
All sizes
Next row: (WS) K1 (edge st), purl to last 5 sts, k5.
Next row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows twice more, then rep WS row once more.
Change to Lace Patt and work as foll:
Row 1: (RS) K5 (front band), beg at right side of Lace Patt front chart and work 3 sts, rep next 6 sts 7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10) times, work rem 2 (6, 4, 2, 7, 7) sts of chart, k1 (edge st).
Row 2: K1 (edge st), beg at your size at left side of chart and work 2 (6, 4, 2, 7, 7) sts, rep next 6 sts 7 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10) times, work rem 3 sts, k5 (front band).
Next (dec) row: (RS) K5, work in est patt to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 (edge st) -- 1 st dec'd.
Rep dec row every 20 rows 4 more times -- 48 (52, 56, 60, 65, 71) sts rem.
At the same time, when piece measures 7-1/2 (7-1/2, 7-3/4, 7-3/4, 8-1/4, 8-1/4)" (19 [19, 20, 20, 21, 21] cm) from beg, work buttonhole on next RS row as foll:
Buttonhole row: K2, BO 2, k1, work in est patt to end.

Next row: CO 2 sts over buttonhole gap. Rep buttonhole row with 22 (22, 24, 24, 24, 26) rows between; last buttonhole should be about 3/8" (1 cm) below beg of neck shaping.
Work even until piece measures 13-1/2 (13-3/4, 14-1/4, 14-1/2, 15, 15-1/4)" (34 [35, 36, 37, 38, 39] cm) from beg, ending with a RS row.

Shape armhole and neck
Next row: (WS) BO 8 (9, 11, 11, 13, 16) sts, work to end -- 40 (43, 45, 49, 52, 55) sts.
Next (neck dec) row: (RS) K6, ssk, work in established patt to end -- 1 st dec'd.
Continue BO at beg of WS rows 4 sts 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 1) time, 3 sts 0 (0, 0, 1, 1, 0) time, 2 sts once, then 1 st 3 (3, 3, 2, 3, 3) times and, at the same time, dec at beg of every RS row 10 (10, 10, 8, 8, 6) more times, then every 4 rows 5 (5, 6, 8, 9, 11) times -- 19 (22, 23, 25, 26, 28) sts rem when shaping is complete.
Work even until armhole measures 6-3/4 (7, 7-1/2, 7-3/4, 8-1/4, 8-3/4)" (17 [18, 19, 20, 21, 22] cm), ending with a RS row.

Shape shoulder
BO at beg of WS rows 10 sts 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 1) time, 9 sts 0 (0, 0, 1, 2, 2) time(s), 8 sts 0 (1, 2, 2, 1, 0) time(s), 7 sts 1 (2, 1, 0, 0, 0) time(s), then 6 sts 2 (0, 0, 0, 0, 0) times.

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How to knit the sleeves of a sweater
With straight needles, CO 123 (134, 145, 145, 156, 167) sts.
Row 1: (WS) Knit.
Row 2: (RS) K1 (edge st), *k7, p4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Row 3: (WS) K1 (edge st), *k4, p7; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Rows 4–9: Rep Rows 2 and 3 three more times.
Row 10: K1 (edge st), *sssk, k1, k3tog, p4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st)—79 (86, 93, 93, 100, 107) sts.
Row 11: K1 (edge st), *k4, p3; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Row 12: K1 (edge st), *sk2p, p4; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st)—57 (62, 67, 67, 72, 77) sts.
Row 13: K1 (edge st), *k4, p1; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Row 14: Knit.
Row 15: K1 (edge st), purl to last st and dec 3 (2, 1, 1, 3, 2) st(s) across, k1 (edge st) -- 54 (60, 66, 66, 69, 75) sts.
Row 16: K1 (edge st), k1, *(yo) twice, sk2p; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Row 17: K1 (edge st), p1, *(k1, p1) in double yo, p1; rep from * to last st, k1 (edge st).
Next (inc) row: (RS) Knit and inc 3 (1, 1, 1, 2, 0) st(s) evenly spaced -- 57 (61, 67, 67, 71, 75) sts.
Next row: (WS) K1 (edge st), purl to last st, k1 (edge st).
Next row: Knit.
Rep last 2 rows twice more, then rep WS row once more.
Change to Lace Patt and work as foll:
Row 1: (RS) K1 (edge st), beg at your size at right side of Lace Patt sleeve chart and work 4 (6, 3, 3, 5, 1) st(s), rep next 6 sts 8 (8, 10, 10, 10, 11) times, work rem 3 (5, 2, 2, 4, 6) sts of chart, k1 (edge st).
Row 2: K1 (edge st), beg at your size at left side of Lace Patt sleeve chart and work 3 (5, 2, 2, 4, 6) sts, rep next 6 sts 8 (8, 10, 10, 10, 11) times, work rem 4 (6, 3, 3, 5, 1) st(s), k1 (edge st).
Next (inc) row: (RS) K1 (edge st), M1, work in est patt to last st, M1, k1 (edge st) -- 2 sts inc'd.
Rep inc row every 12 (12, 18, 10, 10, 10) rows 2 (2, 1, 3, 3, 3) more time(s) 63 (67, 71, 75, 79, 83) sts.
Work even until piece measures 7-1/2 (7-1/2, 7-3/4, 7-3/4, 8-1/4, 8-1/4)" (19 [19, 20, 20, 21, 21] cm) from beg, ending with a WS row.

Following this legend, take a look at the illustrated instructions for knitting the sleeve of a sweater.


Shape cap
BO 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 12) sts at beg of next 2 rows, then 1 st at beg of next 2 rows -- 49 (51, 53, 55, 57) sts. Work 2 rows even.
Next (dec) row: (RS) K1 (edge st), k2tog, work in est patt to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 (edge st) -- 2 sts dec'd.
Rep dec row every 4 rows 2 (2, 4, 5, 6, 8) more times and then every RS row 9 (10, 8, 8, 7, 5) times -- 25 (25, 27, 27, 29, 29) sts.
Work 1 row even.
Next (double dec) row: (RS) K1 (edge st), k3tog, work to last 4 sts, sssk, k1 (edge st) -- 4 sts dec'd.
Rep double dec row once more -- 17 (17, 19, 19, 21, 21) sts.
BO rem sts.

Finishing
• Weave in ends.
• Block pieces to finished measurements.
• Sew shoulder seams.

How to knit the collar
With cir needle and WS facing, pick up and k49 (49, 52, 52, 55, 55) sts along shaped edge of left neck, k23 (23, 25, 25, 27, 27) sts from back neck holder, pick up and k49 (49, 52, 52, 55, 55) sts along shaped edge of right neck -- 121 (121, 129, 129, 137,
137) sts.
Row 1: (WS of collar) K5 (edge sts), purl to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts).
Row 2: Knit.
Rows 3–5: Rep Rows 1 and 2 once more, then rep Row 1 once.
Row 6: K5 (edge sts), purl to last 5 sts and inc 13 (13, 14, 14, 15, 15) sts evenly spaced, k5 (edge sts) -- 134 (134, 143, 143, 152,152) sts.
Row 7: Rep Row 1.
Row 8: K5 (edge sts), k1, *(yo) twice, sk2p; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts).
Row 9: K5 (edge sts), p1, *(k1, p1) in double yo, p1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts).
Row 10: K5 (edge sts), knit to last 5 sts and inc 0 (0, 1, 1, 2, 2) st(s) evenly spaced, k5 (edge sts) -- 134 (134, 144, 144, 154, 154) sts.
Row 11: K5 (edge sts), purl to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts).
Row 12: K5 (edge sts), p4, *k1, p4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts).
Row 13: K5 (edge sts), k4, *p1, k4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts).
Row 14: K5 (edge sts), p4, *yo, k1, yo, p4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts) -- 182 (182, 196, 196, 210, 210) sts.
Row 15: K5 (edge sts), k4, *p3, k4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts).
Row 16: K5 (edge sts), p4, *yo, k3, yo, p4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts) -- 230 (230, 248, 248, 266, 266) sts.
Row 17: K5 (edge sts), k4, *p5, k4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts).
Row 18: K5 (edge sts), p4, *yo, k5, yo, p4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts) -- 278, 278, 300, 300, 322, 322) sts.
Row 19: K5 (edge sts), k4, *p7, k4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts).
Row 20: K5 (edge sts), p4, *k7, p4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5 (edge sts).
Rows 21–25: Rep Rows 20 and 21 two more times, then rep
Row 20 once more with 2 more sts between yo's every even number row and 2 more knit sts in each rep on every odd numbered row.
Row 26: Knit.
BO loosely knitwise.
Sew side and sleeve seams. Sew in sleeves. Sew buttons to left front band opposite buttonholes.

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Excerpted from Shades of Winter: Knitting with Natural Wool Copyright ©2012 by Ingalill Johansson and Ewa Andinsson. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, F+W Media imprint Interweave Press. All materials used by permission. All rights reserved.


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