New Design: Summer Leaves Sweater

A deep rich wine red shade was a perfect choice for a leaf vines stitch pattern in lace, which makes up the sleeves of this summer sweater. The A-shape is created by the frame to the lace pattern and worked in twisted rib, while the rest of the body is made up of stocking stitch. The bottom hem is knitted double and folded while the v-shaped neckline is single and rolls up to the purl row. The sweater is knitted in a pure mercerized Egyptian cotton called Luxor, available in more than 60 stunning shades from Hifa, here: ull. The pattern has been bought by the Norwegian magazine Familien/The Family and will be photographed professionally and published this summer.

The sweater pattern is made in size small to extra large, with bust measurements from 90 cm/ 35½” to 114/45″ cm while the hip measurements are from 110 cm/43¼” to 134 cm/52¾” and length from  74 cm/29¼” to 77 cm/30¼”. To knit it requires from 600 grams to 800 grams of Luxor (100 % mercerized Egyptian cotton, 100 g, 253 m/277 yds). Both the body and the sleeves are knitted using a 3 mm/US 2.5 and worked in the round to the armholes, then flat. The lace pattern is demanding but the shapes guide you through it after a few repeats. Hence I found it satisfying to knit both sleeves at once using magic loop, see my post magic-loop-two-sleeves-at-a-time. I also preferred a simpler body stitch pattern to highlight the intricate sleeves. That also means that the body is quick to knit, and a nice rest after working the sleeves. The neckline needed a bit of pondering and I ended up with a different solution than I had planned. As most designs it had a life of its own and did not want a double neckline but a softer simpler one. But if you do decide to knit it, make the neckline you want and do the adjustments you prefer. I look forward to seeing it photographed professionally and will keep you posted when it will be published in Norwegian in Familien and later when it will be published in English on Ravelry.

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19 Responses to New Design: Summer Leaves Sweater

  1. Torunn Moe says:

    SÅ lekker den ble!!!

  2. Siv Jorunn says:

    Den var fantastisk flott 🙂 Den må jeg strikke 🙂

  3. Nina says:

    Yet another stunning design!! I have already placed an order for this yarn so I look forward for this pattern to be published!!

  4. Tracy A. says:

    Oh my! This sweater is absolutely beautiful Linda! I don’t know how you do it!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Just gorgeous! I love the neckline and of course those lovely leaves. What a pretty cotton yarn!

    • Thank you so much, Elizabeth! It means a lot to me coming from a talented designer as yourself! Yes, it is a lush cotton yarn and I adore their colors!

  6. Jean says:

    Beautiful! I love how the simplicity of the sweater really highlights the pretty pattern on the sleeves. Great color choice as well!

    • Oh, just what I wanted to achieve! Thank you so much, Jean! The colour is even richer and I hope the professional photographer will capture it even better!

  7. As usual, elegant and eye-catching, a hard-to-capture combination!

  8. Janieb says:

    Oh Linda this is just gorgeously gorgeous! Definitely a sweater that would set the compliments flowing each time it’s worn. I love the fact that the sleeves hold the delight of the detail. Am looking forward to adding this to my queue on Rav as a knit for 2014. Familien must be delighted whenever they receive a submission fom you.

    • Oh, I am so delighted with your comments, Janie! I will upload the photos soon and cannot wait to see it photographed professionally! I am so happy that they accept and adore absolutely everything I submit!

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  10. Nan Green says:

    Love the color and design.

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