Named after a music style popularized in the Romantic era, this sweater is inspired by the silk dresses of that period, which featured leg-of-mutton (or Gigot) sleeves and wide V-necks. Updated for modern lifestyle, this sweater features a relaxed fit (no need for corsets!), a V-neck that stays on the shoulders, and Gigot sleeves that won’t catch in doorways. Made in a worsted-weight wool, it will keep you warm in winter while still looking elegant. This sweater will be a dramatic centerpiece of any ensemble, and can be worn casually with jeans on weekends, with slacks for work days, or perhaps even with a full, floor-length taffeta skirt for a night out.
Finished size: 30 (34, 37¼, 42¼, 46¼, 49½, 53¾)” bust circumference. Shown in Brown Sheep Company in size 34 and in Knit Picks in size 37 ¼.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Company Nature Spun Worsted Weight, 100% wool; 250 yards/ 3.5 oz: Color 720W “Ash” – 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7) balls.
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 110 yards/ 50 g: Bramble Heather – 10 (10, 12, 12, 14, 16, 16) balls.
Needles: US #6 (4 mm) and US #8 (5 mm) suitable for working flat. US #6 (4 mm) 16″ circular needles needed for neckband. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge. Smaller needles should be 2 US sizes smaller than the larger needles used to obtain gauge.
Notions: 2 stitch markers, yarn needle, locking stitch marker.
Gauge: 19.5 sts x 26 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in both St st and Spider Stitch pattern on larger needles.
The Designer: Ashwini learned to knit (and crochet, and embroider) at age 4, and started designing while in graduate school. Following her early training as a ballet dancer, she moved on to a career as a scientist, and integrates elements of both her ballet and scientific backgrounds to design garments that are elegant, classic, and easy to wear. Learn more about her design work, including tech editing services, at ashwinijdesigns.wordpress.com or on Facebook at Ashwini J Designs. For questions about this pattern, please contact Ashwini Jambhekar at firstname.lastname@example.org.