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A new year, a new sweater

Jan 13, 2012

In keeping with my resolutions, finishing my UFOs and knitting from my stash, I'm thinking about starting with the second one, and as I do, totally blowing the first one. I didn't realize how these resolutions worked against each other, but oh, well!

Anyway, I have sweater-quantity of a beautiful blue cashmere-blend yarn (Cascade Cash Vero) and I want to put it to work. I've gone through the newest pullover sweater knitting patterns in the Knitting Daily Shop and picked three that I love. All of them happen to be top-down patterns, which I personally prefer because I like to try them on as I go. Take a look:


The Piccadill Pullover by Debbie O'Neill is so pretty. The neckline is the star here, with its lace work on the front bodice and square shape. I might make the neck a bit smaller so there's not such a large opening. I think I can do this by casting on fewer stitches, as long as I keep the front panel stitch-count as written in the pattern so the lace pattern comes out correctly.

This pattern is knit from the top down, but in pieces, which is an interesting construction method. The Picadill might be able to be converted to top-down in the round, but I haven't delved into the pattern far enough to be sure. If this pattern is the one I knit, I'll look into it.

The Lapis Yoke pullover by Hannah Fettig is an easy knitting pattern with a lot of bang for its buck. It's a simple pullover with a rib that gets larger as the knitting progresses.

Stitches are increased between the ribs to increase the ribs themselves, going from a K1/P1 at the beginning of the rib to a K1/P4 at the end of the yoke. Such a simple but elegant method to increase stitches! Hannah is so creative. I like the deep rib at the waist, too.

The Rayonnant Pullover by Rosemary Hill is just a beauty, isn't it? The simple lace pattern on the yoke is so eye-catching and the eyelet increases on the raglan sleeves perfectly integrate themselves into the lacy details.

I like the finishing on the sleeves and hem—purl one row, knit three rows and bind off. The purl row adds a nice detail. If I knit this one, I think I'll shorten the sleeves to bracelet-length.

Now you get to vote! Pick your favorite, take our survey, and I'll knit the winner! Maybe you'll even want to knit along with me.


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morurny wrote
on Dec 9, 2013 1:23 AM

If given a chance, I'll vote Piccadill. By the way, which sweater won?

mamadeitz wrote
on Feb 6, 2012 6:29 PM

which sweater won. i thought this ended on 2/4

madelany wrote
on Feb 6, 2012 8:24 AM

It is a tough choice between the Piccadill and the Lapis Yoke, but I vote Piccadill.

on Jan 17, 2012 10:10 PM

I like the  Rayonnant Pullover - although I think that I'm in the minority here :)

Juneau19 wrote
on Jan 16, 2012 8:35 PM

The first time I saw the Lapis Yoke sweater, I fell in Love with it!  So may it be!!  It's on my queue!

JDThomas1974 wrote
on Jan 16, 2012 1:49 AM

Piccadill Pullover

on Jan 15, 2012 6:17 PM

I vote for the Rayannant.

on Jan 14, 2012 4:06 PM

Hello--I live on the West Coast--and voting was closed--although I opened this

newsletter early.

I wish to enter an emphatic vote for Picadill---because it can be modified to suit so

many body types, other lace patterns can be chosen, the neckline can be altered, the sleeves can be shortened, lengthened,belled, have an inset band of lace, and suitable for so many yarns from casual to dressy.

This is the best sweater pattern that is truly classy and pretty (if focuses attention

on the face) and yet perfect for less advanced knitters to learn many skills in

altering the pattern to suit their needs and tastes.

I think it ideal for a KAL----and I hope very much that you consider this.

Or perhaps someone with a blog will start a KAL with this great pattern.

Thank You for the opportunity to "vote"!

Susan Barber wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 3:04 PM

Lapis Yoke gets my vote!

mrsdavis86 wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 1:22 PM

Definitely the Lapis Yoke

mbarrios wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 11:55 AM

I love the Piccadill.  The yoke detail looks amazing.  Looking forward to the pattern.

MelanieS@19 wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 11:35 AM

Hard choice, Rayonnet would be my favorite.

connie@33 wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 11:24 AM

Piccadill is my favorite.  With the right yarn , it will look like spring.

Jsliesegang wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 10:18 AM

All are beautiful but my vote is for the Lapis Yoke.

thessestamps wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 10:18 AM

I vote for the Lapis Yoke.  To me it looks like it would flatter more body types.

sherrytr7 wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 6:10 AM

I like the lapis yoke sweater

rwornath wrote
on Jan 14, 2012 1:27 AM

I like all of them but the Rayonnant gets my vote.

craftlover wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 4:34 PM

They're all beautiful but my favourite one is Rayonnant. I'm a fan of lace knitting.

gloryb@6 wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 3:40 PM

The Lapis Yoke is beautiful (even if simple).  It is my vote!

BarbaraB wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 2:20 PM

I vote for the piccadill pullover

lynnethepin wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 1:55 PM

I vote for the Lapis Yoke.

cablegirl wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 1:42 PM

The Lapis Yoke is my favorite. I hope you choose it for your project.

NancyH@98 wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 12:46 PM

Piccadill Pullover gets my vote.

jlewicke wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 12:39 PM

I vote for the Picalilli pullover

sabrinahoke wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 11:41 AM

they are truely beatiful ive been knitting for 7 years but at the same time im still learning

MaxineG wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 11:13 AM

They're all pretty, but I think the Lapis would be more flattering on a tall, thin person.  I know if I knitted it for myself, the horizontal band at the bottom on the yoke would fall near or at the fullest part of my bosom... not a look I generally go for! :)  I think both the Piccadill and Rayonet are lovely, but I think a square neckline is more flattering on a lot of people.

Anitac315 wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 10:08 AM

I think the Picadill sweater would be the most flattering for you.  Plus I LOVE the neckline.  Don't change it.  Just wear a contrast color t-shirt under it to really show off the detail.  I think this would look even better if the sleeves stopped just above the elbow.

on Jan 13, 2012 10:01 AM

The Piccadill Pullover: I love that neck line!

annellis1 wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 9:52 AM

Do the lapis; all are beautiful but that is my favorite

Langtonian wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 9:40 AM

Beautiful.    I particularly like the Piccalill sweater.

The main part is kept simple and the neckline really

stands out.

Will the pattern be made available?

Many thanks.

LaneyH wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 8:10 AM

I think the vertical lines of the lapis would look good on you but I see fit/adjustment problems with all 3 sweaters.  For example, to me, the lapis needs lots of space below the ribs to be balanced but that might not work for short waisted people.  You mention wanting to change the neckline on the picadil and the sleeves on the rayonnant for better fit for you.  I wish Knitting Daily still included fit analysis and alteration guides and directions for the patterns discussed.  Not all of us have those skills and patterns such as the 3 you've chosen have design and fit issues for lots of people I think.

Sandy@197 wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 7:56 AM

The Picadill will look great on you - I love the yoke detail.  About 20 years ago I knitted the lapis yoke sweater for my daughter - she was 2, and it was a children's pattern.  I knit it in slightly fuzzy robin's egg blue fine mohair and added a pearl at the end of each rib.  She like it so much we still have it, saved in case she has a daughter herself.  A few years later I knitted it for myself in a purple acrylic and wore it for years.

chris@59 wrote
on Jan 13, 2012 7:38 AM

I vote for the Piccadilli sweater.