Dragon Lace Pullover

Years ago, when I first came across the “Leaning Ladder” stitch pattern in Barbara Walker’s “A Fourth Treasury of Knitting Patterns,” I thought that the undulating lace column looked like the body of a dragon. So in early 2012, the Chinese Year of the Dragon, I decided to create a design incorporating a lace dragon, adding lace limbs, claws, head and tail to the “Leaning Ladder” pattern. I kept the rest of this hip-length pullover simple and classic, with set-in ¾-length sleeves, moderate waist shaping, V-neckline, I-cord trim at neck and cuffs, and turned hem.

Difficulty: Intermediate: Skills include working provisional cast on, working in the round, keeping track of row counts, decreasing and increasing, reading a lace chart, short row shaping, and working attached I-cord.

Materials: Yarn DK or sport weight yarn, 975 (1105, 1230, 1365, 1500, 1635, 1755) yd/895 (1015, 1130, 1255, 1370, 1500, 1610) m. Shown in Frog Tree Pima Silk, 85% pima cotton, 15% silk, 155 yd (142 m)/1 ¾ oz (50 g) skein, #800, 7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins.

Needles US size 4/3.50 mm circular (cir), 24-47” depending on selected garment size, for hem facing. US size 5/3.75 mm cir, 24-47” depending on selected garment size, for body. US size 5/3.75 mm set of double-pointed (dpn), for sleeves. Larger garment sizes may use 16” US size 5/3.75 mm cir for upper sleeves. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions 4 stitch markers; 4 stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 24 sts/32 rnds to 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch on US size 5/3.75 mm needles. Measure gauge on blocked swatch.

Notes: This pullover is worked in the round from the bottom up to the armholes. The Dragon Lace motif is given in chart form only.

Sizes and Garment Measurements

                              XS         S        M        L        1X       2X       3X

Bust                       32         36      40       44      48       52       56 inches                                                81.5       91.5  101.5   112    122     132     142 cm

Length                   22.5      23      23.25  23.5   23.75  24      24 inches                                                57         58.5   59       59.5   60.5    61      61 cm*

Shown in size S, modeled with two inches positive ease at bust.  


*I apologize for wonky formatting: have tried several times but cannot get it fixed! 

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Price: $6.50