Cold Shoulder sweater


Elegant lace sweater with asymmetric neckline


The Cold Shoulder sweater features a reversible asymmetric neckline and flattering panels of lace.  An eyelet detail grows up into the body from the ribbed welt, and these details are echoed on the classic set-in sleeves.  A 5mm (US8) needle means this project bobs along nicely, and the pattern also includes a regular sweater variation if you’d prefer to keep both shoulders warm (or, you could turn the jumper around intermittently – just joking!).  Either way, having two patterns in one can only be a good thing! – and this sweater promises to be a lightweight layer that will see you through most of the year.

The sample was knitted with one strand each of mohair and merino laceweight held together, but for a more delicate look you can certainly work with one strand of either yarn to accentuate the lacy textures.  A solid DK or worsted weight yarn would also work well, provided it has a lofty texture and is fairly inelastic.  That said, do take a look at the Icicle legwarmers to see how the lace texture works in a more solid, DK yarn – you might be surprised!

Due to the elastic nature of the fabric created, the Cold Shoulder sweater is offered in dual sizes – these six sizes cover my standard 80cm-165cm/31in-65in chest range.  Please look at the spec drawing and measurement table for further details – the pattern also includes fitting guidance and customisation notes.

Special Techniques

  • Lace increases and decreases (yarn over, ssk, sssk, k2tog, k3tog, CDD)

The photographed sample was knitted in Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace and The Little Knitting Company Camelot Superfine Kid Mohair, and the two yarns were held together throughout.  Substitution advice is given in the pattern notes, especially for those allergic to mohair, but you may also like to visit YarnSub for more immediate information:


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