Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Sue McCain

Hand Knitting Patterns

Top-Down Empire Waist Pullover

I had designed a very feminine pullover with a wide, deep scoop neck, and I wanted an easy openwork pattern that would lend itself well to the design. I think this little bit of eyelet is exactly what this sweater needs to make it truly stunning. The eyelet carries through the Garter stitch trim at the waist and bell sleeves. I love how this piece turned out!

This pullover is worked from the top down, beginning at the back shoulders. The back is worked to the armholes, then placed on hold while the front is picked up from the back shoulders and worked to the armholes. Then the back and front are joined and the body is worked to the bottom edge, with waist and hip shaping. The sleeves are picked up from the armholes and worked to the cuffs, with short-row shaping to shape the sleeve caps.

The Lace Rib pattern is presented in charted format only.


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Skill Level: Intermediate

Skills Used: Knitting in the round, reading charts, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, Wrap-and-Turn Short-Rows (explained in the pattern)

Sizes: XX-Small (X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X, 6X)

Finished Measurements: 26.25 (30.5, 35, 39.25, 43.75, 48, 52.25, 56.75, 61, 65.5, 69.75)” bust; intended to be worn with approximately 2″ ease

Materials: Light worsted/DK weight wool/bamboo blend: 855 (930, 1030, 1225, 1330, 1450, 1575, 1675, 1790, 1935, 2005) yards. Model knit in Meriboo by Frog Tree Yarns (70% wool / 30% bamboo, 50 gram skein = 120 yards): Color# 405.

Needles and Notions: One size 5 (3.75 mm) circular (circ) needle, 24″ long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; one size 3 (3.25 mm) circular needle, 24″ long or longer; one size 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle, 16″ long (12″ long for sizes XX-Small-Medium); one set of five double-pointed needles (dpn) size 5 (3.75 mm); one set of five double-pointed needles size 3 (3.25 mm); waste yarn; stitch markers; .5 yard seam tape (optional).

Gauge: In Lace Rib, 22 stitches and 31 rows = 4″/10 cm using larger needle, blocked.

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