Bonnie is a cute 1940s-style cropped lace sweater pattern. Mitred darts through the rib create or emphasise waist definition. The knitting flows beautifully because the lace pattern is intuitive and all WS rows are purled. Lace chevron stripes gracefully transition to an eyelet yoke, and bands of stocking stitch grant you time off for good behaviour!
This summer top is ideal for styling with dresses, skirts and high-waisted trousers. I have modelled Bonnie with negative ease at the chest and waist, and positive ease at the upper arm. However, you can change the fit depending on your style preferences. Choose a closer fit to wear Bonnie over sundresses and bare arms, or allow some positive ease to wear over short sleeves. It is entirely up to you!
Please see the schematic and measurements chart for further details on sizing.
Special techniques include:
- lace increases and decreases (yo, ssk, k2tog, sk2po/sl1-k2tog-psso), centred double decrease (CDD)
The sample was knitted in DY Choice Cotton Fresh DK. That said, Bonnie suits a variety of fibres and wool is also an excellent choice. Keep an eye on your fabric tension if you plan to use linen or silk yarns. You may need to go down a needle size or two so that the sweater holds its shape.
You’ll receive more tutorials and styling ideas after purchasing Bonnie, so keep an eye on your inbox! You can also email me with questions not covered here or in the follow-up emails. If you’ve been looking for a cropped lace sweater pattern for the summer months, Bonnie’s your girl. Take a look at finished projects on Ravelry, my dedicated Pinterest board, or search #bonniesweater on Instagram.
Look at more Natalie in Stitches knitting patterns by visiting the Garments section of the shop or viewing the Design Portfolio.
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