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About the designer

Marlaina "Marly" Bird fled the world of financial services to launch her Yarn Thing podcast and hasn't looked back since. To Marly, a bi-craftsy girl who both knits and crochets, the yarn is the ...

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Bella Donna

from Marly Bird
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Bella Donna
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • cast on
  • knit
  • purl
  • yarn over
  • k2tog
  • ssk
  • pick up stitches

Pattern Description:

This beautiful garment goes from day to night easily. The construction has long raglan shaping for the sleeves almost dolman/batwing like. The delicate lace on the sleeves adds a visual punch to this sumptuous merino and silk yarn.

The pattern includs two sets of instructions. Option 1: sleeve increases are worked in St st. Option 2: sleeve increases are worked in Lace st patt.

Take a look at both schematics in the pattern to decide which one is best for you to make for you.


25 sts and 31 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st
2 st pattern repeats and 7 row repeats = 4 inches/10cm in Fir Tree Lace
24 sts = 4 inches/10cm in 3x1 ribbing not stretched
To save time, take time to check gauge.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • To Fit Sizing: Woman's small (medium, large, extra-large, 2X-large, 3X-large, 4X-large) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.
  • Finished Measurements: Chest: 32 (353/4, 393/4, 431/2, 471/4, 511/4, 55) inches (81.5 [92, 101, 110.5, 120, 130, 139.5] cm) Length not including collar: 231/4 (233/4, 24, 241/2, 253/4, 261/4, 271/4) inches (59 [60.5, 61, 62, 65.5, 66.5, 69] cm)


  • Yarn Grignasco Knits, "Champagne"(75% Merino Extrafine, 25% Silk; weight, CYCA size 3; 180 yds/50g per skein): 7(7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11) balls COLOR 689

You Will Also Need:

  • Needles: Size 6 (4mm) 16- and 32-inch circular needles and set of 5 dpns, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Notions: Stitch markers; stitch holders or waste yarn; tapestry needle.