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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Tantalus

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • k2tog
  • ssk
  • YO
  • stockinette stitch
  • knitting in the round
  • sweater seaming

Pattern Description:

I had a rough idea for a pullover with a lace cowl for quite a while when I got the call from Louet. The idea solidified as I dug through countless stitch dictionaries looking for just the right stitch for the cowl. The body of the sweater and sleeves would be a simple stockinette to properly showcase the lace, and the lovely and easy-to-knit Japanese feather stitch, which has been haunting me for quite some time, would be used for the cowl.

Normally the body of a sweater is knit with the largest needles. In this case, the largest needles and smallest yarn are reserved for the lace cowl, the smallest needles are used for the ribbing, and the medium-sized needles are used for gauge and to knit the body and sleeves of the sweater. Pieces are knit separately from the hem up, shoulders are seamed, and cowl is knit onto the sweater in the round. Then sleeves are sewn on, and sides are seamed.

Stitch instructions are both written and charted.


22 sts and 30 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch with sport weight yarn

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished sizes: 32.25 (36, 40.25, 44, 48.25, 52, 56.25)
  • To fit bust zero to 2 inches smaller than finished sweater


  • sport weight for body: 1125 (1125, 1350, 1350, 1575, 1575, 1800) yards
  • fingering weight for cowl: 185 (185, 185, 185,1 185, 370, 370) yards
  • US 3 needles for ribbing
  • US 4 needles for body of sweater
  • US 5 needles for cowl

You Will Also Need:

  • 2 stitch markers (more optional)
  • stitch holder
  • yarn needle

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Louet GEMS Sport and Louet GEMS Fingering


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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 ...

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