"You have a very smiling scene before you," (said Mr. Crawford.) "Do you mean literally or figuratively? Literally, I conclude. Yes, certainly, the sun shines, and the park looks very cheerful. But unluckily that iron gate, that ha-ha, give me a feeling of restraint and hardship. 'I cannot get out,' as the starling said." As (Miss Bertram) spoke, and it was with expression, she walked to the gate: he followed her. "Mr. Rushworth is so long fetching this key!" Mansfield Park
Inspired by the iron gates sprinkled, frustratingly, throughout the grounds at Mr. Rushworth's estate of Sotherton, Sotherton's Gothic Lattice pattern prettily constrains a knitter's curves. Worked in the round from the bottom up, this pullover's fit is close and elegant with the twist-stitch lines lengthening the wearer.
While those gates proved no match for Miss Bertram's determination to trespasswith Mr. Crawford's assistancethis sweater will get you "in" anywhere
Rigorously tested and professionally tech edited. Originally published in Jane Austen Knits, Summer 2012.
Sotherton is copyright Kathleen Dames and is for individual use only. All rights reserved. You may print this pattern for your own personal use only. You may not distribute this pattern in printed or electronic format, for free or for resale.
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22 sts and 29 rnds = 4 inches in Twisted 2 6 Ribbing
1575 yards of DK weight
I live and knit in New York City and Bath, Maine, with my husband and our three children, getting my style fix in the one and my New England (Red Sox/cranberry bog/lobster roll/chilly nights in need ...
I live and knit in New York City and Bath, Maine, with my husband and our three children, getting my style fix in the one and my New England (Red Sox/cranberry bog/lobster roll/chilly nights in need of a sweater) fix in t'other.
Though I didn't realize it at the time, I've been a knitwear designer from my first large-scale knitting project, a poncho for which I wanted to use a different yarn than called for, as well as a different stitch pattern. The LYSO helping me with yarn looked at me like I was crazy!
I've always wanted to make things the way I want them. Is that so wrong?
But it wasn't until I read Elizabeth Zimmermann’s books that I found the confidence to really start designing. I prefer working in the round/all in one piece to take advantage of knit fabric's flexibility. Sweaters are my main interest, but I also like accessories and other small projects that allow me to explore new techniques and stitches while watching my children play at the park.
Before diving into knitwear design, I lived in Boston, where I learned to knit, and worked as an art director in book publishing. Happily, the building blocks of design translated from graphic to knitwear for me. It's like writing a sonnet: there are strict rules about form (book covers should display the title and author, sweaters should have openings for head/hands/body and be constructed from knitted fabric), but within those forms there is boundless room for creativity.
My patterns have been published in Knitty.com, Jane Austen Knits, and Knitscene.