Pattern of the Week: Cotswolds Sweater
“Lace is back!” said Tina Gill, our vivacious and talented stylist. She was reading a tag we use to identify the front and back of sweaters, but the phrase stuck with me. She read the tag to mean that lace is making a comeback, and I wholeheartedly agree. The Cotswolds Sweater by Laura Hulslander from knitscene Spring 2018 is a fresh take on lace: updating it and inspiring a new generation of lace knitters and wearers.
You knit this sweater in the round from the lower edge to the underarm. Then knit the sleeves separately, in the round, and join the sleeves and body to work the raglan yoke. Combined with a beautiful worsted-weight yarn, HiKoo Kenzie (distributed by Skacel), this project is a delight to knit.
The Cotswolds Sweater an updated raglan silhouette with fashion-forward geometric lace. It layers superbly with a basic top and jeans or over a flowing dress or skirt. The front is fast to knit and makes the back a pleasant surprise. It’s rare for a lace-patterned project to give the knitter a break, let alone in stockinette.
Finished Size 33½ (37½, 42¼, 46¼, 50½, 54½, 58½)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 42¼”; modeled with 10″ of positive ease.
Yarn HiKoo Kenzie (50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils; 160 yd [146 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #1008 kale, 6 (7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) balls. Yarn distributed by Skacel.
Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm): 16″, 24″, and 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
Gauge 20 sts and 31 rnds = 4″ in St st; 17 sts and 30 rnds = 4″ in lace patt.
Notes The body of this pullover is worked in the round from the lower edge to the underarm. The sleeves are worked separately in the round, then the sleeves and body are joined to work the raglan yoke. When shaping the raglan yoke, if you do not have enough stitches on the back to work a decrease with its companion yarnover, work the extra stitches in stockinette stitch. When working the yoke shaping, change to shorter circular needle when necessary.
If you’re ready to combine the beauty of lace with the practicality of a season-hopping sweater, the Cotswolds Sweater is for you.