Over the last few days, I finished this sweater. There was no finishing frenzy; probably because I was tweaking instructions, checking calculations and knitting it, I got a much richer experience out of the whole process, and the fact that I had a ready-made pullover at the end sort of slipped by without registering its significance.
I’m quite proud of this one. The lace pattern is from an old stitch dictionary which calls it Wolf Paw, but I’ve seen it in elsewhere too, under other names. The back and sleeves are in stockinette, providing a much needed break from the intense lace concentration. The front is unshaped (to prevent lace distortion when worn) while the back has gentle princess line shaping.
The raglans! They aren’t your usual 45 degree lines — they form gentle S (or, mirrored, Z) shapes through different rates of decreases on the body and sleeves, which helps them mould to the shoulders better along the yoke. This sweater is, unusual for me, not very fitted — there is zero to one inch positive ease at the bust, but gentle positive ease at the waist and hip.
The underarms! I wanted a smooth transition from the cables which run up the sides of the body to the raglan lines, so decided to create these faux gussets which separate and merge the twisty little lines. A little way before the underarms on both body and sleeve the mirrored cables that run up the sides of both start splitting apart. After the body and sleeves are put on one needle for the yoke, the cables exchange partners (a cable from the body meeting a cable from a sleeve), and then continue together along the raglan lines. It’s one of my favourite design features on this pullover.
The same cables border the bottom of the sweater and — I really love this! — form deep, ribbed cuffs.
The fabric formed with this fingering weight yarn is amazing – soft, light, warm – with that dense, cohesive, feel that many tweedy yarns acquire after a good wash and block.
I am planning to release this as a pattern, so stay tuned if you think you’ll be interested in testing, or buying it! It won’t be mindless — the lace alone prevents that — but if you’re comfortable with working lace and seamless bottom-up raglans, it will be very doable.