View Full Version : FO: Leafy Lace Cardigan

06-30-2007, 10:50 PM
This is my latest FO, and my first self-designed cardi. The yarn is Rowan Cotton Glace frogged from an unworn project I made several years ago, and the stitch is called leafy lace.

Thanks for looking. :lol:

06-30-2007, 10:52 PM
Thats beautiful!!! I love the color.

06-30-2007, 11:05 PM
Looks wonderful.

06-30-2007, 11:19 PM
:passedout:very, very pretty :heart: I love the design ande it fits beautifully - congratulations!

07-01-2007, 12:19 AM
I love the design:heart: and color.

07-01-2007, 12:26 AM
Wowza--that's beautiful! And, look how it fits your beautiful bod!!

Jan in CA
07-01-2007, 12:58 AM
Wow..that is beautiful!:inlove:

07-01-2007, 01:09 AM
That looks great! And, it fits perfectly!

slightly addicted to yarn
07-01-2007, 02:31 AM
Well no-one likes frogging, but when you get a result like that it's got to be worth it - that's a gorgeous cardi, and what a clever knitter! I can't even imagine being able to design something like that - looks lovely on you too, even with no head...:cheering:

07-01-2007, 04:41 AM
You did a wonderful job in designing and knitting of it. It's just beautiful. You should be very proud.:cheering: When will we see it published? It should be!!!

Susan P.
07-01-2007, 04:52 AM
I can only echo previous comments. A beautifully made and tailored item. Suits you perfectly! :cheering:

07-01-2007, 06:18 AM
So pretty!

07-01-2007, 06:48 AM
Great design! Fits great and shows your waist very nicely :thumbsup:

07-01-2007, 09:46 PM
Wow. I :muah:it! More amazing is that it's your first self designed project!! Excellent job.

07-01-2007, 09:49 PM
Thank you very much for the wonderful comments, everyone. :muah:

I have no plans to publish the pattern, Quiltlady, but will type it up this week - to the best of my ability :oo: - and would be happy to send a copy to you, or to anyone else who is interested.

Thanks again. :lol:

07-01-2007, 09:59 PM
Wow. I :muah:it! More amazing is that it's your first self designed project!! Excellent job.

Thank you. :hug: I've designed a few tops in the past, but this was my first cardigan. :lol:

Susan P.
07-02-2007, 02:22 AM
I missed that part..you designed that yourself!?! Incredible! I'd love a copy too. :hug:

07-02-2007, 05:28 AM
I'll take a copy! My aunt likes the design.

07-02-2007, 07:16 AM
wow that's beautiful, and it looks perfect on you.

07-02-2007, 09:40 AM
Me me me! I LOVE your design and it is a beautiful sweater. Please send the pattern when you get it typed up! Kudos to you...I could never design something like that!

07-02-2007, 09:56 AM

07-02-2007, 10:07 AM
ooooohhh, I'd love the pattern as well ! What talent - your first design???? :passedout:

nadja la claire
07-02-2007, 01:51 PM
:inlove: :inlove: :notworthy: :notworthy: :passedout:

That is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

:muah: :hug:

Nadja :knitting:

07-02-2007, 02:04 PM
Oh my! That is just gorgeous! You are a very talented gal!

07-02-2007, 03:11 PM
:thud: It's STUNNING!!!!! Great job!! :balloons:

07-02-2007, 03:22 PM
Wow! That is truly gorgeous! So retro... I definitely want this pattern too! :inlove:

07-02-2007, 05:47 PM
Fantastic fit, color, design, EVERYthing - beautifully knit too!

07-02-2007, 09:04 PM
WOW WOW WOW!!! :inlove:

07-02-2007, 09:27 PM
Beautiful! I'd like the pattern, too.

07-02-2007, 10:19 PM
It looks beautiful! I want one, too.

07-02-2007, 10:41 PM
Thank you very much for all your kind words. :lol:

I've started on the pattern, and it will hopefully be ready to post within the next few days.

Thanks again. :hug:

07-05-2007, 10:59 AM
Here are my pattern notes for the Leafy Lace Cardi.
Feel free to email me if you find any errors, have any questions or need help upsizing or downsizing the pattern. Thanks. :lol:


***Please refer to notes at end of pattern before starting***

Finished measurements, measured flat and buttoned:

Across body at underarms, 17"
Ridged Eyelet Border measured across, 15 1/2"
Shoulder to sleeve cuff, 13 1/2"
Shoulder to hem, 19"
Ribbed waist hem length, 3 1/2"
Sleeve cuff hem length, 1 3/4"

Yarn and Button requirements:

I used Rowan Cotton Glace which is 100% cotton and knits to a
recommended tension of 23 sts and 32 rows to 10cm (4") on 3.25
- 3.75mm (US #3 - 5) needles. I'm not sure how much yarn I
used but would guess 7 or 8 balls, each being approximately
115 metres (125 yds) in length. 6 buttons, or more or less as

Needle requirements:

1 pair of 3mm (*no US equivalent, use #2 or #3*) and 1 pair
of 3.5mm (#4) needles. Use circulars if preferred.


26 sts and 29 rows to 4", unblocked, on 3.5mm (#4) needles.

Leafy Lace Pattern
(Multiple of 10 + 1)

***Note: KB1 = Knit into back of next stitch***

1) (right side) KB1, *p9, KB1; rep from * to end.

2) P1, *k9, p1; rep from * to end.

Rep the last 2 rows once more.

5) KB1, *p2, p2tog, yon, KB1, yfrn, p2tog, p2, KB1; rep from * to end.

6) P1, *k4, PB1, k4, p1; rep from * to end.

7) KB1, *p1, p2tog, yon, [KB1] 3 times, yfrn, p2tog, p1, KB1; rep from * to end.

8) P1, *k3, [PB1] 3 times, k3, p1; rep from * to end.

9) KB1, *p2tog, yon, [KB1] 5 times, yfrn, p2tog, KB1; rep from * to end.

10) P1, *k2, [PB1] 5 times, k2, p1; rep from * to end.

11) KB1, *p1, yon, [KB1] twice, sl 1, k2tog, psso, [KB1] twice, yfrn, p1, KB1, rep from * to end.

12) As 10th row.

13) KB1, *p2, yon, KB1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, KB1, yfrn, p2, KB1; rep from * to end.

14) As 8th row.

15) KB1, *p3, yon, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yfrn, p3, KB1, rep from * to end.

16) As 6th row.

Rep these 16 rows.

Ridged Eyelet Border
(Multiple of 2 + 1)

1st, 2nd and 3rd rows: Knit.

4th row (wrong side): *p2tog, yrn; rep from * to last st, p1.

5th, 6th and 7th rows: Knit.

8th row: Purl.


Using 3mm needles, cast on 97 sts. Work in k1, p1 rib for 3 1/2 inches (see note 1 at
end of pattern), ending on WS row, and increasing 4 stitches evenly across this row.

(***Read note 2 at end of pattern before continuing***)

Change to 3.5mm needles and knit Ridged Eyelet Border.

Start Leafy Lace pattern. Knit to desired length (mine is around 11 1/2 inches, including
ribbing), ending on a WS rows, then shape armholes as follows:
Bind off 5 sts at beginning of next 2 rows, then decrease 1st st at each end of every
following alternate row 6 times, to 79 sts. Work even until armhole measures approximately
7 3/4 inches, or desired length, ending on a WS row.

Shape shoulders by binding off 11 sts at beginning of next 4 rows. Bind off remaining 35 sts,

Right Front:

Using 3mm needles, cast on 47 stitches. Work in K1, P1 rib until length matches that of back
ribbing, increasing four stitches evenly across last WS row giving a total of 51 sts.

Change to 3.5mm needles and knit Ridged Eyelet Border.

Start Leafy Lace pattern working until front measures back to beginning of armhole shaping,
then decrease for armhole as on back: 5 sts once (on WS row), then 1 st on same end of
every alternate row, 6 times. At the same time, start shaping the neck by decreasing 1 st at
neck edge of next row, then 1 st at same edge of every following 3rd row 10 times (you should
now have 29 sts), then 1 st at same edge every following 2nd row 7 times, to 22 sts.
(***It's a good idea to mark the beginning of the neck shaping with scrap yarn so as
to make it easier to place the button holes later ***) If necessary, work straight until
armhole measures same as that of back, then shape shoulder as for back.

Left Front:

Work same as right front, reversing shaping.


Using 3mm needles, cast on 48 sts. Work in K1, P1 rib for 1 3/4 inches, or desired length,
increasing three stitches evenly across last wrong side row to 51 sts.

Change to 3.5mm needles and commence Leafy Lace pattern, increasing 1 st at each end of every
7th row 7 times, to 65 stitches. If necessary, work even until sleeve is 8 inches long (or desired
length), excluding ribbing, ending on a WS row. Shape cap by binding off 5 sts at the
beginning of the next 2 rows, then dec 1 st at each end of every following 2nd row 5 times
(you should now have 45 sts left), 1 st at each end of every 3rd row 2 times (41 sts left),
then 1 st at each end of every 2nd row 10 times. Bind off remaining 21 sts, loosely.


Block pieces using preferred method, and sew in loose ends.

Join shoulder seams.

With right side of work facing, using 3mm needles and starting at lower right front, pick up
and knit 92 stitches along front edge to shoulder, 27 stitches across back of neck, and 92 stitches
down left front edge to bottom of ribbed band. (See note 3 at end of pattern) Work two rows
K1, P1 rib. Make button holes on the next row in desired position, marking opposite side of
band to indicate where buttons will go. (See note 4 at end of pattern) Work a further 3 rows
K1, P1 rib. Cast off. Attach buttons.

Set in sleeves, and sew sleeve and side seams.

Make a twisted cord to thread through eyelets at waist. I found I had to start with far more yarn
than when using wool, and ended up using four lengths of yarn, each 160 inches long.
Alternatively, make an I-cord, crochet cord or thread ribbon through the eyelets.

Pattern notes:

1) When I designed this I had in mind wearing it over a summer dress. Those wanting to
wear it with a skirt or pants might like to add two or three inches to the ribbing, and if
desired lengthen the ribbing on the sleeves proportionately.

2) I went from ribbing straight into the Ridged Eyelet Border. It looks fine, however
if you'd like a mirrored image try knitting a couple of rows of stockinette after the ribbing
and before commencing the Ridged Eyelet Border.

3) Depending upon the length of your cardigan, you may need to pick up more or less stitches.

4) I used 6 buttons, with the last one being attached just below the Ridged Eyelet Border. The band
doesn't gape even with all of the buttons done up but I doubt I'll wear it that way, so less buttons
would have worked. A button can also be attached a 1/2 an inch or so above the hem line if desired.

***The one stitch discrepancy between front and back is to keep the stitch count consistent throughout
the lace pattern***

07-05-2007, 12:20 PM
Thanks so much Susan :muah:and glad to see you were able to post it this way :lol: Chris

07-05-2007, 05:13 PM
amazing sweater i'm in love!!!! i'm sure i'lll prob end up emailing you asking how to upsize it until then i'll keep admiring until i get enough courage to actually make a sweater garment for the first time :inlove:

07-05-2007, 09:11 PM
Thanks very much, ladies. No worries.

Chris: Thanks for letting me know I could post the pattern here. :muah: Sorry it's out of alignment, everyone. It looks fine in my file but for some reason that's how it uploaded, and I wasn't able to modify it.

Cinnybuns: It's really not that hard to knit at all, and I'll be happy to help if I can. I'm no pattern expert, but figure if I can write one size I should be able to write another. :pray: :lol:

07-05-2007, 09:28 PM
Wow thank you so much! You so sweet to share that beautiful pattern.

07-07-2007, 09:12 PM
Thank you for the pattern--that's such a beautiful sweater!

nadja la claire
07-08-2007, 12:27 PM
Wow thanks for sharing :muah: :muah: :muah: :muah: That's really sweet of you.

:muah: :hug:

Nadja :knitting:

07-10-2007, 03:16 AM
Hi Soobeeoz :waving:

Well your little knitter fingers have certainly been busy! Another winner! Very nice work! You do love to do the lacy stuff! And you are good at it, too! The color choice is, once again, a home run!

Thanks for sharing the photos with us! We just loves photos!

ADDED NOTE THE NEXT DAY: Sorry Soobeeoz! I thought this cardigan was knit by Nadja! Well, it was late...and I shoulda been in bed!
Your work, SELF DESIGNED! Wow. What an artwork! Congratulations!

Artlady aka Braindead

07-10-2007, 08:34 AM
Hi Nadja! :waving:

Well your little knitter fingers have certainly been busy! Another winner! Very nice work! You do love to do the lacy stuff! And you are good at it, too! The color choice is, once again, a home run!

Thanks for sharing the photos with us! We just loves photos!

Thank you very much, ArtLady1981. The funny thing is I've never been much of a fan of lace, preferring texture or plain old stocking stitch, but lace is all I seem to be knitting lately and it's growing on me. :lol:

07-10-2007, 03:40 PM
Hi'ya Soobeeoz! :waving: Thanks for sharing the pattern! That shows a very generous spirit! It takes time to type out a pattern, and QC it for errors before going to print! You really are something! I must admit, pattern design is scary! I have never attempted to design anything like a sweater! I designed a few scarves for a class I was teaching some of my girlfriends (who got tired of oohing and ahhhing...and finally wanted to learn!) Other than that, no design work for me!

You are to be congratulated! You may take your bow now! :hug:

07-11-2007, 03:50 AM
:waving: Hi there ArtLady1981, and thank you very much for the kind words. :hug:

There are so many beautiful published patterns I'd like to knit that I'm usually happy to stick with one of those. The main reason I designed the cardi is that I'm knitting from stash and couldn't find a pattern I liked that used the right type and quantity of yarn. The pattern would only have gotten lost in a drawer, so I was glad to share it.

I also enjoy knitting and designing scarves. How wonderful it must be to have friends with an interest in knitting! :grin:

07-11-2007, 07:59 PM
Wow, that is an amazing design! And I love love LOVE the lace pattern you used. Great job!

07-12-2007, 11:47 AM

07-12-2007, 01:11 PM
Looks good! Congrats!:cheering:

07-12-2007, 03:35 PM
Wow! It's fabulous!

07-12-2007, 08:34 PM
:shock: you designed that yourself?? WOW!! It's beautiful, and perfect fit as well-great job!!