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Wool of the Andes at Knit Picks

Knit seamlessly with raglan shaping, this romantic, demure sweater has just a hint of Victorian charm. With delicate picots at the neckline that frame the face, a shapely empire waist and flattering, playful puffy sleeves, it is a versatile piece that is full of style. Cables that are just slightly staggered undulate gracefully down the "skirt" and create subtle diagonal lines.

Whether you wear it on its own or over a pretty blouse, it is a timeless must-have. You can also choose to cinch the waist and add even more feminine detail by tying a ribbon or scarf around it and in a bow at the back, as pictured here.

model: Sara Smith photos: Mary Weaver

XS [S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] (shown in size S)
Chest: 30[34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54] inches
Sleeve circumference (lower edge): 9[10, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5, 15, 16] inches
Length of garment is customized.

Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 [100% wool; 220yd/201m per 100g skein]; color: #8885; 4[4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7] skeins

Recommended needle size:
1 29-inch US #8/5mm circular needles
1 29-inch US #9/5.5mm circular needles
1 set US #8/5mm double-point needles
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]

4 stitch markers
Waste yarn
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

18 sts/24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st on smaller needle size

[Knitty’s list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here]

C4F: Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and hold to front of work, k2, k2 from cable needle.

RLI (Right Lifted Increase): Use the right needle to pick up the stitch below the next stitch on the left needle. Place it on the left needle, then knit into it. 1 stitch has been increased.

LLI (Left Lifted Increase): Use the left needle to pick up the stitch 2 rows below the last stitch on the right needle. Knit into this stitch. 1 stitch has been increased.

Beaded Bind Off (Worked over a multiple of 4 sts):
[CO 2 sts, BO 6 sts] until all sts have been bound off.

Directions for the Sewn Bind-off can be found here.
Using US #8/5mm circular needle, CO 63[67, 70, 72, 76, 79, 81] sts. Do not join work.

Set-Up Row [RS]: K1, place marker, [k1, m1] 14[15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 18] times, place marker, k33[35, 36, 38, 40, 41, 43], place marker, [k1, m1] 14[15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 18] times, place marker, k1.
91[97, 102, 104, 110, 115, 117] sts.

Odd-Numbered Rows 1-5
[WS]: P all sts.

Row 2 [RS]: [K to marker, RLI, slip marker, LLI] 4 times, k to end.

Row 4 [RS]: Work as for Row 2.

Row 6 [RS]: K1, m1, [k to marker, RLI, slip marker, LLI] 4 times, k to last st, m1, k1.

Repeat these 6 rows 4[5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8] times more. 221[253, 284, 312, 318, 349, 351] sts.

Sizes S, M, 1X Only:
Repeat Rows 1-2 -[1, 2, -, 2, -, -] times more. -[-261, 300, -, 334, -, -] sts.

All Sizes:
P 1 row.

The sts before the first marker and after the last marker form the upper fronts of the sweater. The sts between the second and third markers form the back, and the remaining 2 sets of sts form the sleeves. Each front section has 21[26, 31, 33, 35, 37, 37] sts, each sleeve has 58[68, 78, 80, 86, 90, 90] sts, and the back has 63[73, 82, 86, 92, 95, 97] sts.

Divide Sleeves and Body:
Remove markers as you work the next round.

Next Round: K to first marker, place next 58[68, 78, 80, 86, 90, 90] sts (all sts to second marker) on waste yarn for sleeve, CO 4[4, 4, 8, 12, 18, 24] sts for underarm, k to third marker, place all sts to fourth marker on waste yarn for sleeve, CO 4[4, 4, 8, 12, 18, 24] sts for underarm, k to end, CO 21[21, 20, 20, 22, 21, 23] sts for front neckline, join to work in the round, k to center of first set of cast-on underarm sts, place marker to indicate beginning of round. 134[154, 172, 188, 208, 226, 242] sts.

Work in stockinette st until bodice is long enough to reach 1-2 inches below the bust; transfer sts to waste yarn and try on bodice to determine correct length. This should be between 4-7 inches below underarm; sweater shown measures 5.5 inches.

Next Round: K0[4, 0, 4, 0, 6, 0], [k2tog, k65(13, 41, 21, 50, 20, 119)] 2[10, 4, 8, 4, 10, 2] times. 132[144, 168, 180, 204, 216, 240] sts.

Set-up Round: Using US #9/5.5mm circular needle, [k4, p1, m1, p1] to end. 154[168, 196, 210, 238, 252, 280] sts.
Work skirt using US #9/5.5mm needle throughout.

Round 1: [C4F, p3, k4, p3] to end.

Rounds 2-3: [K4, p3] to end.

Round 4: [K4, p3, C4F, p3] to end.

Rounds 5-6: [K4, p3] to end.

Round 7: [C4F, p1, m1, p2, k4, p1, m1, p2] to end. 176[192, 224, 240, 272, 288, 320] sts.

Rounds 8-9:
[K4, p4] to end.

Round 10: [K4, p4, C4F, p4] to end.

Rounds 11-12: [K4, p4] to end.
Round 13: [C4F, p4, k4, p4] to end.
Repeat Rounds 8-13 until skirt measures approx. 11 inches or desired length, ending with Round 9 or Round 12.
BO all sts using Sewn Bind Off.

Transfer held sts of one sleeve to double-point needles. Join yarn and k all sleeve sts, then pick up and k 1 st in each CO st at underarm. 62 [72, 82, 88, 98, 108, 114] sts.

Join work and k 1 round.

Shape Sleeves:
Round 1: K6[0, 2, 0, 2, 4, 2], [k2tog, k6] to end. 55[63, 72, 77, 86, 95, 100] sts.

Round 2:
Sizes XS, S, M, L, 2X, 3X Only: K6[0, 2, 0, -, 4, 2], [k2tog, k5] to end. 48[54, 62, 66, -, 82, 86] sts.
Size 1X Only: K2tog, [k5, k2tog] to end. 73 sts.

Round 3:
Sizes XS, M, L, 3X Only: K0[-, 2, 6, -, -, 2], [k2tog, k4] to end. 40[-, 52, 56, -, -, 72] sts.
Sizes S, 1X Only: K-[4, -, -, 8, -, -], [k2tog, k3] to end. -[44, -, -, 60, -, -] sts.
Size 2X Only: K2, k2tog, [k4, k2tog] to end. 68 sts.

All Sizes:
Rounds 4-7: [K1, p1] to end.

BO all sts using Beaded Bind Off.

Neckline Edging:
With RS facing and beginning at back left corner of neckline, pick up and k 1 st in each cast-on st and 3 sts for every 4 rows around neckline. Place marker and join to work in the round.
Count sts on needle; in the next round, increase or decrease up to 2 sts if necessary to obtain a multiple of 4 sts.

Next Round: [K1, p1] to end.
BO all sts using Beaded Bind Off.
Work the second sleeve in the same way.

Weave in ends and block as desired.

When wearing Dahlia, tie a pretty scarf or ribbon around your torso at the point where the bodice meets the skirt.

Mary is an obsessed knitter and self-proclaimed yarn geek residing in semi-rural Oregon wine country. She is a freshman in high school, where she was pleasantly surprised to find that most of her teachers happily let her knit during class. She finds joy in knitting, sewing, crafting, reading, listening to music, and drinking coffee with her friends during what spare time she can find, and dreams of running a combination yarn and coffee shop when she is older.

She blogs about her life and her knitting and crafting exploits here.