A few nerve-wracking minutes in the dryer, and my “swatches are LIES” sweater was saved. Now, I can share her with you!
Pattern: Lucette, by yours truly.
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Final Measurements: Bust sizes measure 33 (37.5, 39.5, 42, 44, 46, 50.5)”/84 (95.5, 100.5, 106.5, 112, 117, 128.5) cm. Length from hem to shoulder: 23.25 (23.75, 24.5, 24.75, 25, 25.25, 25.25)”/59 (60.5, 62, 63, 63.5, 64, 64) cm
Featured Materials: Sublime Soya Cotton DK (120 yds/110 m per 50g ball) shown in color 80. 7 (8, 9, 9 10, 11, 12) balls for short sleeve version and 8 (10, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) balls for long sleeve version. Pattern requires approximately 787 (902, 976, 1055, 1131, 1243, 1355) yards [708 (812, 878, 950, 1018, 1119, 1220) m] for the short-sleeved version and approximately 959 (1107, 1201, 1296, 1410, 1540, 1638) yds [863 (996, 1081, 1166 1269, 1386, 1474) m] for the long-sleeved version. If using optional beads, you will need approximately 242 (270, 288, 306, 322, 338, 354) for the short-sleeved version and approximately 226 (246, 256, 274, 282, 290, 314) for the long-sleeved version.
Gauge: 22 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, blocked. Recommended needle size of US 5.
This fitted scoop neck pullover is trimmed in English Mesh Lace, with optional beads. It is knit in pieces from the bottom up and then seamed together. The collar is picked up and knit in the round, using smaller needles for half of one lace repeat to pull the neckline in. The sleeves are set in, and vertical darts (also known as princess seams) are used for waist shaping.
(All images in this page copyright splityarn. She’s awesome.)
With minor alterations, Lucette can flatter a variety of body types. Depending on where on the wearer’s body the hem falls, Lucette can look good as written on top-heavy, proportional, or bottom-heavy shapes. The lace at the hem could easily be eliminated if desired (and replaced with a sewn hem). The deep scoop neck especially flatters a larger bust.
Princess seams allow for extremely flexible shaping, customized to fit your body. Should you desire less waist shaping than specified, you can either omit the shaping rows entirely, or omit only the shaping on the front of the sweater. Omitting only the front shaping (or using a smaller amount of shaping on the front) can provide a very nice fit on the small of the back without stretching the sweater too tight in the waist. Bustier women can accommodate their needs by performing more increases on the front of the sweater, and not in the back. This creates vertical bust darts that are exceedingly flattering. The extra stitches increased can be decreased into the neckline.
As with all sweaters, carefully examine the pattern schematic before you knit to note potential modifications. I’ve written this up in 7 sizes, from 33″ to 50.5″ in the bust. I think it looks best with 0″ ease in the bust, and 1-2″ positive ease in the waist. In the pictures, I’m wearing the sweater with 1″ ease in the bust and about 3″ of positive ease in the waist.
One of my favorite elements about this sweater is the way the beads in the lace give a femininity to the sweater without making it cloyingly sweet.
And scoop necklines are an eternal favorite of mine.
Overall, I’m thrilled with the way the design turned out! I need to warn you, though, that the Soya Cotton DK stretches significantly when wet. If you’re using this yarn, please either make a much smaller size or plan to (carefully!) dry the finished object in the dryer before wearing. Other great yarns for this sweater include Berroco Pure Merino DK, Classic Elite’s Wool Bam Boo or Cotton Bam Boo, or any other DK weight yarn.
I hope you love this latest design! You can purchase it for US$6.00 from within ravelry or on this page.