Lenja (en)

Playful narrow stripes and an adjustable neckline make Lenja a comfy addition to nearly anyone’s casual wardrobe. The neckline can be made tighter or looser by adjusting the twisted cord, which is threaded through a knitted tube. Leave it wide for a relaxed look, or make it narrow to create a ruffly gathered effect in the front.

Lenja is knit in one piece from the top down, using short rows and careful increases to create well-fitting shoulders and sleeve caps. Photo tutorials and sketches are included to make knitting the special techniques simple, and the included garment schematic helps you get the perfect fit. It’s designed to be worn with a cosy 10 cm (4 in) of positive ease.

The stripes are a playground for colour! Have fun choosing your own colour scheme – you can even sneak a third colour in randomly throughout the sweater for a cheeky touch.

Gauge: 24 stitches and 31 rows/rounds = 10 cm (4 in) in stocking stitch, flat and in the round with yarns 1 and 2 held together and with 3.5 mm/US#4 needle

Available sizes: 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52, 54


  • Knitting pattern
  • includes schematic
  • includes measurements for all sizes

Materials you need at home:

  • Yarns: Yarn 1: Ito Urugami; 72% wool, 28% paper; 240 m (262 yd)/40 g in colours A 212 Mint, B 217 White and C 206 Mauve; yardages in the pattern + Yarn 2: Ito Sensai; 60% mohair, 40% silk; 240 m (262 yd)/20 g; colour 304 Crocus; yardages in the pattern

  • Needles: 3 mm/US#2.5 circular needle, 60-80 cm (24-32 in) [neckline] + 3.5 mm/US#4 circular needle, 80-100 cm (32-40 in) [shoulders and body] + 3.5 mm/US#4 double pointed needles [sleeves]

  • Notions: 6 stitch markers [to mark short rows and increases] + waste yarn or stitch holder or spare cable [to hold sleeve sts] + 1 crochet hook, 3.5 mm [for the crochet cast-on] + 1 safety-pin [to thread twisted cord through]

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Knitting for me is all about experimenting, trying new things, rediscovering old stuff and mixing everything together to create something completely new and unique. You never run out of ideas or possiblities once you have started thinking about yarn and needles like that.

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