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Amy is a Connecticut-based knitwear designer, the leader of the Fit to Flatter tutorials and the author of the popular books Knit to Flatter and Knitting It Old School. She's ...

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Petrea

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Basic stitches, simple lace chart, seaming

Pattern Description:

Petrea is a sweet, scoop-neck cardigan with traveling vine lace panels. The flutter elbow sleeves draw attention to a narrow waist, further highlighted with the triangular lace insert on the back of the sweater. It is knit in pieces from the bottom up and seamed. The garter stitch button band and neckline are added after seaming.

As with many of my designs, vertical darts for waist shaping keep things trim and flattering and allow for extremely flexible shaping, customized to fit your body. Should you desire less waist shaping than specified, you can omit or decrease the shaping rows entirely on the front of the cardigan. Bustier women can accommodate their needs by performing more increases on the front of the sweater, and not in the back. These extra stitches can be decreased into the neck edge, either in the initial bind-off, during the neck decreases, or both.

Mad Color Fiber Arts "Sweet" lives up to its name. The alpaca and silk blended with the merino give this yarn a great drape and the colors are perfectly blended to rich, saturated hues. The drape of the yarn opens up the lace panels perfectly and give just the right amount of swing to the fluttery sleeves. If you would like to use an alternate yarn, please make sure that it has a medium-weight, drapey fabric at the specified gauge.

Technical Editing by Elizabeth Sullivan. Photography by Caro Sheridan.


20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Bust measures: 301/2 (32, 341/2, 36, 381/2, 40, 421/2, 461/2, 501/2, 541/2)"/77 (81.5, 87.5, 91.5, 97.5, 101.5, 107.5, 118, 128, 138) cm
  • Length from hem to shoulder: 211/2, 221/4, 223/4, 23, 233/4, 24, 241/4, 241/2, 243/4, 25)"/54.5, 56.5, 58, 58.5, 60.5, 61, 61.5, 62, 63, 63.5 cm


  • Mad Color Fiber Arts Sweet or other DK/light worsted, approximately 592 (641, 705, 749, 818, 860, 917, 1009, 1099, 1194) yds/542 (586, 644, 685, 748, 786, 838, 923, 1004, 1092) m
  • US7 needles

You Will Also Need:

  • Stitch markers, holders, darning needle

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