Worked mainly in the round, with a split lace hem at the bottom edges of body and 3/4 length sleeves, the focal points of this raglan-sleeved pullover (besides the lace edgings) are the Four Sisters lace pattern on the sleeves, and the twist stitch columns which help shape and define the waist. The worsted-weight yarn works up quickly on US size 8 needles. (I used a cotton blend, but now that it's October, I've been eyeing one of the many lovely wool/silk yarns for a cool weather/holiday version: S. Charles Collezione Dynasty, perhaps, or Tahki Savoy,
or Cascade Venezia Cascade Venezia Worsted (oops!), or Knitpicks Andean Silk (alpaca, silk, wool), or Lorna's Laces Lion & Lamb, or Noro Cash Iroha (silk, wool, cashmere, & nylon, or Plymouth Royal Silk Merino--just be sure to check your gauge extra-carefully and adjust needle size if necessary, if you use a different yarn!....) The lace split hems of the body and sleeves are worked back and forth, then joined to work the remainder of body and sleeves (to the bottom of armholes) in the round. Directions are also given for working non-split lace hems, in the round. To taper the neckband slightly while continuing the lace pattern, you will change to a US size 7 and then a US size 6 needle.
Intermediate: skills used include lace knitting, reading chart, picking up sts for neckband.
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18 sts/22 rows to 4" in st st; approx 17 sts to 4" (21 sts to 5") in Bead Stitch patt. Check gauge on blocked swatch.
Edited to add: After a comment from a reader (thanks, Jocelyn!) I realized I had linked to Cascade Venezia, at a ball-band gauge of 3.5 sts/inch on U.S. #9 or 10 needles, instead of Cascade Venezia Worsted, at a gauge of 5 sts/inch on U.S. #7 needles. While I was at it, I threw in a few more silk/wool blend yarn alternatives; of course other blends and fibers could also work. (Worsted and aran weight yarns, by the way, are lumped together by the Craft Yarn Council of America in their Standard Yarn Weight System, and have a gauge of 4-5 sts/inch, although worsted is generally put on the lighter end, and aran on the heavier end, of that scale.) All of the yarns above have ball band gauges of either 4.5 or 5 sts/inch on #7 or 8 needles, and although the tension achieved by different knitters, and therefore the gauge, can vary quite a bit, I felt that these weights should be close enough to get gauge for this sweater for most knitters, if necessary with a needle change of no more than one size up or down. I should add that I personally have NOT yet used any of the above yarns; proceed at your own risk!