POW: Dakini Sweater, Love of Knitting Summer 2017

I love to wear handknits, even in the summertime. So I’m always searching for great warm-weather designs that combine flattering lines with warm-weather fibers in a DK or finer yarn. When Kristen TenDyke’s design proposal for the Dakini Sweater crossed my path, I had to share it with the world in the summer edition of Love of Knitting. It meets all my criteria for a great summer design.

Kristen’s designs show up frequently in Love of Knitting because, well, I get to choose all the projects, and I love the way she thinks about garment construction and figure flattery. Her Dakini Sweater is a top-down raglan, and while raglan sleeves don’t flatter all women, I suspect that the wide neckline can work even for busty ladies: it’s a wide V rather than a deep V, so it will draw the eye up toward the face instead of down towards cleavage. (This is just a guess on my part, since I’m not endowed in that department. If you’re a busty lady, please weigh in below in comments.)

That wide neckline will also flatter women with an inverted-triangle body type by visually widening their narrow shoulders. Hourglass and rectangle figures will appreciate the waist shaping. My favorite detail, however, has to be the softly curved hem with its deep band of basketweave stitches—it’s so striking! Yes, this hem will draw attention to the hips, but the neckline’s welted edging balances the garment nicely and even helps define a waist with waist shaping.

I also love the organic cotton sportweight yarn used for this pattern: Debbie Bliss Eco Baby meets GOTS and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 criteria for sustainability and fair trade. In warm weather, I want a lightweight fabric that will breathe, so I’m willing to work at a fine gauge on small needles.

If you’ve never knitted a top-down raglan sweater or have made them in the past without liking your results, you can find some helpful advice in our series on raglans:

Top-Down Raglan Sweaters: Secret to Fit

Lily Chin’s Raglan Secrets: Gauge & Graph Paper

Focus on Fit: Plan Your Own Top-Down Raglan

Adapting Patterns for Better-Fitting Raglans

Flip Your Sweater: Convert a Sweater Pattern

How to Refine Sweater Fit with Compound Raglan Shaping

dakini sweaterPattern Details

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 33½ (37.5, 41.75, 46, 50, 54.25, 58.5)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 37.5″, modeled with 1.25″ of negative ease.

Yarn Debbie Bliss Eco Baby (100% organic cotton; 137 yd [125 m]/1.75 oz [50 g]): #06 apple, 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) balls. Yarn distributed by Knitting Fever.

Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm): 24″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to
obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Size D/3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook; waste yarn; markers (m); removable m; stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 23 sts and 35 rows = 4″ in St st.

Love of Knitting Summer 2017


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