POW: Aviatrix Pullover from Knitting Traditions

Nothing brightens my day like a history lesson about a go-getting woman from the past. Elise Raymonde de Laroche, the first woman to receive a pilot’s license, is a woman notable not just for her achievements in flight, but her tenacity and persistence in a male-dominated field that didn’t welcome women.

The 2017 edition of Knitting Traditions showcases many leaps in humanity—through textile manufacturing and technological booms to expanding world influences in cultures thousands of miles apart. I’ve pored greedily over every article in this issue, finding each new adventure just as enthralling as the last. But one of my standout favorites is the article on Raymonde de Laroche (born Elise Raymonde Deroche) and also known as Elise Raymonde de Laroche.

Elise’s accomplishments and talents still inspire today. She was an accomplished theatrical performer, balloonist, and pilot, shattering glass ceilings and changing popular opinion on what was proper for a woman in the early 20th century.

As an homage to such a prominent woman in history, this issue includes a project dedicated to Elise and her love of flying. Our version of her iconic flying sweater has a modern aesthetic, with a V-neck and textured edging. There is also a unique application of grommets and lacing in the front.

This top will knit up in a flash thanks to the supersoft Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Chunky. The sweater is knit back and forth in separate pieces and joined at the shoulders using the three-needle bind-off. (If you haven’t yet tried this bind-off, you should— it’s so easy and stable.) Then you pick up the sleeves and work them back and forth in rows.

Aviatrix Pullover

Pattern Notes

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 35 (39, 42.5, 46, 50, 53.5)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 35″; modeled with .5″ of negative ease.

Yarn Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Chunky (100% superwash merino; 275 yd (250 m)/8 oz (227 g)): Patterson Park, 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins.

Needles Sizes 9 (5.5 mm) and 10.5 (6.5 mm): 16″ and 29″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Removable markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle; .25″ eyelet kit (includes 12 eyelets plus 2 tools); small hammer or rubber mallet; 1 yd leather cord.

Gauge 13 sts and 18 rows = 4″ in St st on larger needles.

Which article is your favorite? Have you started a project from this issue?

Happy knitting,


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