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Home : Patterns : Knit Light and Lacy Pullover

Free Knitting Pattern: Knit Light and Lacy Pullover

Lion Brand® Incredible®
Pattern #: 50521
Drop-stitched stripes give this light and lacy top an alluring look. Perfect for layering over a tank or tee.
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X
S (M, L, XL)
Finished bust
34½ (40, 46½, 52) inches [87.5 (101.5, 118, 132) cm]
22 (23, 24, 25) inches [56 (58.5, 61, 63.5) cm]
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

PUBLISHED IN:  Lion Brand Yarn Catalog - 2006 W
CORRECTIONS: (applied Aug 27, 2006)

Add to materials list: Lion Brand Size 15 [10 mm] 29-inch [75 cm] Circular Needle
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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item 520-211: Incredible Yarn: Emerald Isle
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*Incredible® (Article #520). 100% Nylon; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (110yds/100m) pull skeins

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•  520-211 Incredible Yarn: Emerald Isle
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Lion Brand Size 13 [9 mm] 29-inch [75 cm] Circular Knitting Needles   $ 11.49  
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Knit Light and Lacy Pullover

Lion Brand® Incredible®


10 sts + 16 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] in St st (k every rnd) using size 15 [10mm] needle. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


Seed Stitch (worked in rnds or rows)
Rnd 1
*K1, p1; repeat from * around.
Rnd 2
K the purl sts and p the knit sts.
Repeat rnd 2 for Seed st.

Drop Stitch (worked in rnds)
Rnd 1
*K1, yo twice; repeat from * around.
Rnd 2
*K1, drop double yo; repeat from * around.
Repeat rnds 1-2 for Drop st.

Drop Stitch (worked in rows)
Row 1 (RS)
*K1, yo twice; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 2 P1,
*drop double yo, p1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 1-2 for Drop st.

With size 15 [10 mm] needle, cast on 86 (100, 116, 130) sts. Place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist sts. Work 10 rnds Seed st and 2 rnds Drop st. *Work 8 rnds Seed st, and 2 rnds Drop st; repeat from * once more. Work even in Seed st until piece measures 14 (14½, 15, 15½) inches [35.5 (37, 38, 39.5) cm] from beg, end with a WS row.

Divide for front and back

Next Rnd (RS) Bind off 4 (6, 6, 8) sts, work across until 39 (44, 52, 57) sts on right-hand needle and place these sts on holder for Front. Bind off next 4 (6, 6, 8) sts, work to end of rnd.

Shape armholes
Working back and forth (as if with straight needles) in Seed st on 39 (44, 52, 57) sts of Back only, work 1 WS row. Dec one st each end of row on next and every other row 3 (4, 5, 6) times total – 33 (36, 42, 45) sts.
Work even in Seed st until armholes measure 5 (5½, 6, 6½) inches [12.5 (14, 15, 16.5) cm], end with a WS row.

Shape neck
Next Row (RS)
Work 11 (12, 14, 15) sts, join 2nd ball of yarn and bind off center 11 (12, 14, 15) sts, work to end of row. Working both sides at once, with separate balls of yarn, dec 1 st at each neck edge every row 3 (3, 4, 4) times – 8 (9, 10, 11) sts each shoulder. Continue even until armholes measure 8 (8½, 9, 10) inches [20.5 (21.5, 23, 25.5) cm]. Bind off.

With WS facing, join yarn and work same as for Back.

With RS facing, starting at beg of cast-on edge with size 11 [8 mm] needle, pick up and k 86 (100, 116, 130) sts. Change to size 10.5 [6.5 mm] needle and work 2 rows Seed st. Change to size 15 [10 mm] needle and work 2 rows Seed st.
Next row (WS)
Bind off 14 (16, 19, 21) sts, work to end of row.
Next row
Cast on 51 sts, work to end of row, cast on 51 sts.
Work 1 row across all sts.
Bind off 17 sts at beg of next 6 rows. Bind off remaining sts.

With size 13 (9 mm) needle, cast on 22 (24, 24, 26) sts. Work in Seed st for 1inch [2.5 cm]. Change to size 15 [10 mm] needle and continue in Seed st until sleeve measures 4 inches [10 cm] from beg. Inc 13 (13, 15, 15) sts evenly across next row – 35 (37, 39, 41) sts. Work 2 rows Drop st, then 6 rows Seed st. Repeat last 8 rows until sleeve measures 17½ (17¾, 18, 18¼) inches [44.5 (45, 45.5, 46.5) cm] from beg.

Shape sleeve cap
Bind off 2 (3, 3, 4) at beg of next 2 rows. Dec 1 st at each end of row every other row 10 (11, 12, 13) times. Bind off remaining 11 (9, 9, 7) sts.

Sew shoulder seams. Sew sleeves into armholes. Sew sleeve seams. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
p = purl rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) RS = right side
sc = single crochet st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together WS = wrong side

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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Beautiful and Unique! Reviewed by Emily Furda on 2008-08-03 ****
I knitted this sweater about 1 1/2 years ago and it is still my favorite. I used the carnival yarn. Every time I wear it I get compliments because it's so unique. I've worn it with everything from jeans to skirts and it looks great for every situation. I added an extra row of drop stitches and seed stitches pattern to make it longer.

You do need some kind of shirt underneath because it is see through. It is light enough to not be too hot with something underneath. I like that because I can pair it with a tank, tee, or long sleeve shirt and it works from fall to spring, wnd even cool summer evenings.

I gave it four stars only because of 2 issues when you wear it. First, it does stretch. The first time I wore it I was glad I had saftey pins in my purse because it began to slide off the shoulders. I just pinned it to the shirt I had on underneath. The only other draw back is that the drop stitches to sometimes come uneven, so you have to take time to pull them even like shoe laces.

All in all though it makes a beautiful sweater. It was my first sweater and first intermediate pattern and I love it. I even made a number of scarves using the drop stitches with the Incredible yarn and everyone loves them. I'm actually knitting my 12 one now! People keep asking for one.

I have one hint for working with the yarn. If you don't want to invest in some kind of yarn keeper, just get some thick hair gummies. (Thin ones pop off and make sure they are metal free) I put one around the ball as I work and pull yarn off a little at a time. It keeps it in place and makes it easier to untwist.

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