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How to knit lace sweater

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Yarn - Premier yarns Deborah Norville Collection Alpaca Dance (color – Dusty green) / medium 4 / 3.5 oz (100 g) / 371 yds (340 m) / about 2.5 balls needed
Knitting Needles - Circular 29" Size 5 (3.75 mm), circular 16" Size 5 (3.75 mm), and double pointed US 3 (3.25 mm) or other size needles needed for the gauge
Gauge - One repeat is about 3.35 inches (8.5 cm.)
Sweater Size - S/M
Complexity - Beginners friendly stitch

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Long-sleeve lace sweater knitting pattern – fan stitch
Step-by-step knitting instructions
Knit the sweater from the bottom to top
Step 1
Cast on loosely 120 sts or any even number of sts (multiples of 2 sts), using 29” circular needles.
Step 2
Bottom ribbing
1st round – k to end
2 & 3 rounds = 1st round
4th round – [p1, k1] to end
5th round – [p1, sl.1] to end
Alternate the 4th and 5th rounds until you knit the desired length of the ribbing.
Step 3
Increase 10 sts to have 130 sts in total or multiples of 13 sts (one repeat)
15th round – [k12, yo] to end
After the round, you should have 130 sts or 10 repeats.
Step 4
Fan stitch
16th round – [k1, yo, k12, yo] to end
17, 19, & 21 rounds = 1st round
18th round – [k2, yo, k12, yo, k1] to end
20th round – [k3, yo, k12, yo, k2] to end
22nd round – [k4, (k2tog) x 6, k3] to end
23rd round – Kw2L* to end
*Kw2L – knit with 2 loops – insert a right needle into a stitch (as you would do to knit a stitch), but wrap the needle twice with the yarn in a counterclockwise direction, and pull it though the base st.
Work the 24th round like your 16th round, but make loops longer before knitting them.
24th round – [make the first loop longer and k1, yo, k12 (before knitting each st., make loops longer), yo] to end
Repeat the pattern starting from the 17th round until you knit the desired length under arms. I repeated the 8 rounds of the pattern 10 times, and then I knitted few rounds more to work the very last round as the 20th round (widest part of the pattern).
Step 5
Front and back parts
Use half of the total number of stitches for each front and back part or 5 repeats. To work rows, it is necessary to add 3 sts (2 sts from the left side of the garment and 1 st from the right side). Before working the 1st row, increase 2 sts (yo and k1) then turn your work to the wrong side.
1st row (wrong side) – sl.1, p to end and purl one extra st to increase 1st.
After the 1st row, you should have 98 sts or multiples of 19 sts plus 3 additional sts.
2nd row (right side) – sl.1, [k4, (k2tog) x 6, k3] to last 2 sts; k2
3rd row – sl.1, Pw2L* to last 1 st; p1
*Pw2L – purl with 2 loops – insert a right needle into a stitch (as you would do to purl a stitch), but wrap the needle twice with the yarn in a clockwise direction, and pull it though the base st.
4th row – sl.1, [k1 (make loop longer), yo, k12 (make loops longer), yo] to last 2 sts; k2
5 &7 rows – sl.1, p to end
6th row – sl.1, [k2, yo, k12, yo, k1] to last 2 sts; k2
8th row – sl.1, [k3, yo, k12, yo, k2] to last 2 sts; k2
9th row – sl.1, p to end
Repeat the pattern staring from the 2nd row until you knit about 26 rows. Work the very last row as your 2nd row to have multiples of 13 sts plus 3 additional sts.
Step 6
Ribbing (long rows)
27th row (wrong side) – sl.1, p to end
28th row (right side) – sl.1, [p1, k1] to last 1st; p1
29th row – sl.1, [place the yarn in front of your work and sl.1, k1] to last 1 st; k1
Alternate the 28th and 29th rows until you crochet about 12 long rows.
Step 7
Shoulder pieces (short rows)
Back shoulder pieces
Use 16 sts and continue alternating the 28th and 29th row until you knit about 8 short rows. Cast off all the 16 sts. Return to the 39th (long) row and bind off stitches to last 15 sts. Then use the remaining 16 sts and work 8 rows for the second back shoulder piece.
Front shoulder pieces
Work the front shoulder pieces as the back shoulder pieces, but knit 6 short rows instead of 8.
Step 8
Join front and back shoulder pieces together. You may sew them or use a crochet hook.
Step 9
Sleeves
Cast on loosely 30 sts or multiples of 2 sts, using a double pointed needles.
Knit the bottom ribbing (step 2).
Increase 9 sts to have 39 sts in total or multiples of 13 sts.
Work the fan stitch (step 4) until you knit the desired length of the sleeve, using 16” circular needles.
Finish knitting the sleeve with the 21st round (widest round of the pattern), and then join sleeves into the garment. You may cast all sts off and sew it up or use a crochet hook.
Step 10
Neck edge
Pick up stitches on the neck line and then cast them all off or use a crochet hook and work single crochet all the way around.

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Abbreviations
k – knit
k2tog – knit 2 sts together to the left side
p – purl
sl. – slip stitch (slide one stitch from the left needle to the right one without knitting it)
st – stitch
yo – yarn over (to increase one stitch)

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Long-sleeve lace sweater knitting pattern

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Comments

Hi bcrfairview,

Hi bcrfairview,
I've purchased the yarn at my local Jo-Ann store or you may go joann.com and find it there. Happy knitting!

Cast on about 26 sts or 2

Cast on about 26 sts or 2 repeats and work the Fan st (step 4). If your gauge/tension is not the same as mine, then it will be necessary to use a larger or smaller size knitting needles to match your gauge to mine. Happy knitting!

I really like the sweater,

I really like the sweater, however I am not a fan of the neckline. Is it possible to make a turtle or a vee neck? If so how would I do this? Looking forward to your reply. Thank you very much

Hi munchkintoo,

Hi munchkintoo,
You may work the sweater totally the same as I did up to shoulder part. Work wider shoulders (just so your head could fit). Pick up an even number of stitches on the edge of the neck line. Continue the pattern matching knit and purl stitches with the body. Happy knitting!

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