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.
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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.
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 @gmail.com, and I will email it to you free of charge.