knitscene Winter 2018: Shimla Sweater

One wonderful benefit to being the editor of knitscene is that I get the opportunity to buy the cute clothes the models wear in our pages. We have a photo stylist who dresses the models by putting together an outfit for each project we photograph and publish, according to each issue’s theme. You may or may not remember a certain cold-shoulder sweatshirt that was paired with the Enkel Cowl in knitscene Winter 2017. I bought that sweatshirt from our stylist, and loved the cold shoulders so much that it inspired one of our stories in this year’s 2018 knitscene Winter issue.

The Neck & Shoulders story is all about cold shoulders and turtlenecks. I felt that there aren’t enough cold-shoulder sweater knitting patterns out there, but I know they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so the focus became that general area of the body. The cover project is one of the cold-shoulder sweaters: the Shimla Sweater by Lana Jois.

The Shimla Sweater has a classic drop-shoulder silhouette with several modernizing design elements, including a unique cold shoulder, short side-hem slits, and thoughtfully placed cables on the front and back. The cozy pullover is worked bottom up, and the sleeves are worked top down.

If you like wearing cold-shoulder sweaters—or are feeling brave!—give this pattern a go!

Shimla Sweater

Pattern Details


DIFFICULTY Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE 34¾ (38½, 43, 47,
50¾, 54½)” circumference at underarm. Sweater shown measures 38½”; modeled with 6½” of positive ease.

YARN Sugar Bush Yarns Rapture
(50% LlamaSoft, 50% superfine Merino wool; 211 yd [193 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #1004 silver splendour, 5 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins.

NEEDLES Size 6 (4 mm): straight and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 7 (4.5 mm): 24″ circular (cir) and set of dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.

GAUGE 17 sts and 30 rnds = 4″ in garter st on larger needles; 6-st cable = 1¼ wide on larger needles.

knitscene Winter 2018: Escape to Cozy Comfort

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