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Gwendolen Pattern


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Knitting: Gwendolen
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Pattern Details:

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Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • k2tog
  • ssk
  • YO
  • s1-k2tog-psso
  • garter stitch
  • nupp or bobble (optional)

Pattern Description:

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is one of my favorite plays. It's light, fun, silly, witty, and completely absurd. Delightful. The Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax is always dressed to the nines, and usually wears a good deal of lace. Certainly, if she were an early 21st century woman, she would want to deck herself out in a captivating lace sweater like this one that can be worn in a variety of ways: belted, pinned at the shoulder, or allowed to hang in graceful folds from the shoulders.

Sweater fits across the back with 1 to 2 inches of positive ease, has extra long, wide sleeves (sleeve length is easy to adjust), deep armholes, and fronts that are each slightly wider than the back for best drape. It is worked from the hem up in one piece, divided at the armholes. Sleeves are also worked from the hem up, and attached after the shoulders are seamed. The pattern includes making a very specific gauge swatch, shown below, to help the knitter get the best finished results possible.


20 sts and 31 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stitch pattern

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • To fit bust size: 33.25, 36.5, 39.5 [42.75, 46, 49.25, 52.5] in; 84.5, 92.5, 100.5 [108.5, 117, 125, 133.5] cm
  • Finished size: up to 2 inches (3 cm) larger bust


  • US 5 (3.75 mm) needles with sharp points (if making nupps), or size needed for gauge
  • US 4 (3.5 mm) needles, or 1 size smaller than used for gauge

You Will Also Need:

  • 2 stitch holders
  • yarn needle
  • stitch markers (optional)

Suggested yarn:

1700 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Fingering 55


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About Designer

About Designer

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I have knit and crocheted, and done various forms of embroidery and needlepoint since early grammar school. Making things with bits of colored string is so integral to my being that the few times of my life when I don't have *something* on the go feel empty, and without form.

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