The lovely Acorn Stitch pattern is an easy one to memorize; it’s basically a checkerboard with yarnovers and decreases every 4 rows. This cardigan is worked in one piece from the bottom to the armholes (including a 4-stitch integrated front edging which is continued later to form the back neckband), then the fronts and back are worked separately to the shoulders, which are joined using 3-Needle Bind-Off. The sleeves are worked in the round from the bottom up, then sewn in. The front edgings are continued along the back neck to the center back, attaching the edging to the back neck as you go. There are two sleeve versions – a 3/4-length sleeve and a long sleeve. Work the I-Cord ties as instructed, or use a shawl pin or stick pin to close the fronts.
The extremely simple lace pattern is presented in both written and charted formats.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Skills Used: Lace knitting, knitting in the round, 3-Needle Bind-Off, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, I-cord
Sizes: XX-Small (X-Small, Small, Medium) (Large, 1X, 2X) (3X, 4X, 5X, 6X)
Finished Measurements: 28.5 (33, 36.5, 41, 45.5, 48.5, 52.5, 56.5, 60.5, 65, 68)” bust, with fronts overlapped; intended to be worn with approximately 4" ease
Materials: Worsted weight baby alpaca blend: [NOTE: You may work either 3/4-length or long sleeves. The first set of figures is for the 3/4-length sleeves; the second set of figures, shown between <>, is for the long sleeves.] 1100 (1175, 1300, 1425, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1950, 2025, 2175, 2275) <1175 (1275, 1400, 1550, 1725, 1825, 1925, 2100, 2175, 2300, 2400)> yards. Model knit in Qina by Mirasol (80% baby alpaca / 20% bamboo; 50 gram hank = 91 yards): Color# 902.
Needles and Notions: One size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 29” long or longer, OR SIZE NEEDED TO OBTAIN GAUGE; one size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 16” long; one pair double-pointed needles size 6 (4 mm); stitch markers; stitch holder.
Gauge: In Acorn Lace, 22 stitches and 28 rows = 4"/10 cm.
- Knitting pattern with written instructions and schematics
- US Imperial Measurements
- Women's sizes XXS to 6X (28.5" to 68" bust, with fronts overlapped)
- Suitable for intermediate knitters
Materials you need at home:
- 1100 (1175, 1300, 1425, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1950, 2025, 2175, 2275) <1175 (1275, 1400, 1550, 1725, 1825, 1925, 2100, 2175, 2300, 2400)> yards worsted weight baby alpaca blend yarn
- One size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 29” long or longer
- One size 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle, 16” long
- One pair double-pointed needles size 6 (4 mm)
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holder
Like many knitters, I learned how to knit from my mother at an early age, then promptly forgot as life got in the way. I returned to it for a short time as a student in Paris when a friend convinced me to try it again. The third time was the charm—my mother retaught me while I was in grad school. I was tired of trying to find sweaters with long enough sleeves to fit my 6′ frame, so I decided I’d just make my own. I fell madly in love with knitting, and eventually slipped into designing for myself when I began reworking existing patterns with elements that I liked better. And, of course, adjusting the sleeve and body lengths.