Chinese Lace Pullover

Chinese Lace Pullover

I had been planning to update this pattern to add directions for working it in the round. Of course, once I started going over the pattern, I decided that certain portions--notably the directions for the neckband--could be made clearer. The neckband continues the 7/2 ribbing of the body, and with this rather large repeat of 9 stitches, required some fancy footwork with the upper body numbers to make it work smoothly (and consequently, for 3 sizes, some minor changes had to be made to the overall sweater length, mostly occurring between bust and shoulder--1/2 inch for size L, 1 inch for size 3X, and 1 1/2 inches for size 1X). While I was at it, I updated the yarn substitution suggestions, and added some additional garment measurements: sleeve circumference at the upper arm, and length from underarm to hem.


  • Yarn: DiVe Cotone Egitto (100% cotton; 109 yds/100 m per 50 gm ball), color #519. 10 [11, 12, 13, 14, 15] balls. Yarn has been discontinued; see suggested substitutions below.
  • Needles: US #5/3.75 mm circular, 24-40” OR US #5/3.75 mm straight needles. 1 set US #5/3.75 mm double-pointed needles (dpns) OR US #5/3.75 mm circular needle, 16-20” depending on size worked(for neckband). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain proper gauge.
  • Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch holders or waste yarn; markers optional
  • Yarn Substitutions: Some possibilities (try at your own risk!): Dale of Norway Svale (cotton/viscose/silk); Classic Elite Premiere (cotton/Tencel); Frog Tree Pima Silk (cotton/silk); Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (wool/microfiber/cashmere); Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool (wool/silk) Approx. yds/m required: 1050/960 [1150/1050, 1250/1140, 1350/1230, 1475/1340, 1600/1460] yds/m.

Sizes & Measurements

Table of Sizes & Measurements
  S M L 1X 2X 3X  
Bust/Hips 35 39 43 47 51 55 inches
  88 99 109 119 130 140 cm
Waist 28 32 36 40 43.5 47.5 inches
  71 81 91 101 110 120 cm
Length 21 21 22 23 22 23 in
  53 53 56 58 56 58 cm
Sleeve Upper Arm Circ 14 15 16 17 18 19 in
  36 38 41 43 46 48 cm

Chinese Lace Pullover


22.5 sts / 30 rows to 4 inches / 10 cm on US size 5 needles in lace patt stitch; 23 sts/ 30 rows to 4 in / 10 cm. in rib patt st (7/2), slightly stretched. CHECK GAUGE ON BLOCKED SWATCH.

Pattern Notes

Note that waist is 7 to 7.5 inches smaller than bust and hips. Recommend going up one size if the waist is too small in your usual size; even if ease is greater at bust and hips than you would normally wish, the ribbing tends to contract and creates a form-following fit, so the sweater will not be as loose as the same-sized garment in stockinette.

* If you have already purchased the original Chinese Lace Pullover pattern, and would like the updated version, just contact me at knititude, and I will email it to you free of charge.

Price: $5.50