My goals when designing Laika were simple. So often in warmer weather I find myself reaching for the store bought cardigans in my wardrobe over the handknits because they're thin enough to stuff in my bag. Lace can be delicate and girly, but it can also be simple and geometric and I love knitting on simple lace patterns because they grow so fast and mould to the body so well. Laika is the perfect cardigan to carelessly throw in your bag as an extra layer with any outfit, pretty but casual, lightweight but not too delicate.
Laika is a top down seamless compound raglan in a simple allover lace mesh pattern. A compound raglan differs from standard raglan shaping in that rather than increasing at each “seam” of the raglan on every other row the increases are calculated to result in a good fit at both the upper arm and chest in all sizes. The rate of increase varies to more accurately follow the shape of the body, increasing more rapidly between the neck and shoulders, then more gradually, followed by a short amount of more rapid increasing to curve around the underarm. The yoke is worked in one piece followed by the body. Live stitches at the bottom edge of the body are held while the sleeves and hood are worked from the yoke, then those stitches are returned to the needle and stitches for the rest of the edging are picked up along the front edges and around the hood.
20 sts and 32 rows = 4" / 10cm in mesh pattern worked flat. Note: Measure gauge after blocking – lightly stretch just enough to open up the stitch pattern but do not stretch out as much as possible as you might for a lace shawl.
0[32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60]" bust / 76[81, 86, 91, 97, 102, 107, 112, 117, 122, 127, 132, 137, 142, 147, 153] cm bust Shown in sizes 34 and 48 with zero ease at the bust.
Fingering or heavy laceweight yarn with a suggested gauge of 7-9 sts per inch / 2.5cm. Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Ysolda's version in Ysolda Red and Amanda's in Blackberry.
Needles and notions
US 3 / 3.25mm circular, a 24" / 60cm needle can be used for the body of the sweater, but was difficult for the edging, make things easy on yourself and use a 32" / 80cm or longer needle. US 3 / 3.25mm for your preferred method of working small circumferences in the rnd.
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