Pickadilly’s tweedy appeal is saved from being too stuffy by her raglan seams, asymmetrical lines, and kicky (jaunty? saucy? cheeky?) crocheted edging.
And, because the sweater is knit in one piece from the top down, each knitter can adjust length, sleeve length, and waist shaping for a custom fit.
The pattern includes instructions for knitting the sweater, with waist shaping options for decreases ranging from 1 to 7 inches, instructions for crocheting the edging, and alternate instructions for a knitted edging. ETA: There is also a separate PDF that explains how to modify the sweater so that the button placket runs down the center front (my gratitude to the curvy friends who suggested that, gee, not everyone wants a big white line over her left breast).
The sweater pictured uses a simple crocheted edging that’s manageable even for novice hookers. I chose a crocheted edging because (1) I like the look of it, and (2) the pattern requires quite a lot of edging, and even the slowest crochet is faster than the fastest knitting. If you prefer to knit, rather than crochet, your edging, there’s a knitted option too.
- Rowan Felted Tweed (see yardage requirements below)
- 1 skein (220 yds) Morehouse Merino Lace, or other one-ply laceweight yarn
- US 3 (3.25mm) double-pointed needles and 24-inch circular needles
- US 4 (3.5mm) double-pointed needles and 24-inch circular needles, or size needed to get gauge
- 1 size D (3.25mm) crochet hook
- 10–12 ½-inch buttons
- 4 stitch markers
- tapestry needle
- scrap yarn for holding stitches
SIZES: Taking a page from Ysolda’s clever, clever book, I’ve divided the sizes into three separate files.
- Small size range: finished bust measures 28 (30, 32, 34, 36, 38) inches. Requires approximately 850 (900, 960, 1030, 1110, 1170) yards DK-weight yarn.
- Medium size range: finished bust measures 40 (42, 44, 46, 48, 50) inches. Requires approximately 1230 (1320, 1400, 1480, 1570, 1670) yards DK-weight yarn.
- Large size range: finished bust measures 52 (54, 56, 58, 60, 62) inches. Requires approximately 1770 (1840, 1930, 2000, 2090, 2160) yards DK-weight yarn.
(Please note that the yardage requirements are approximate, since each sweater will be custom-fit to the wearer’s specs. If you have a long-ish torso or arms, be sure to have extra yarn on hand.)
GAUGE: 6 sts and 8 rows per inch in stockinette stitch with larger needles, after blocking
All photos in this post © Caro Sheridan (otherwise known as splityarn).