Sweater season is here, and I’ve got the perfect new pattern for you. Meet Henriette, a bottom up raglan with lace and cables. This pattern is more challenging than my other recent sweater patterns, and that’s what makes it so fun to knit. The cardigan is knit from the bottom up, and at first, you will have three separate pieces. Stitch get bound off for the underarms, and then the two sleeves and body are joined together seamlessly when you knit the raglan yoke. Stitches are picked up around the front opening and neckline to add a button band, and then two small seams close up the underarms.
The sweater is knit in bulky yarn with 5.5 mm/US 9 needles. The recommended yarn, Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Chunky, is what inspired this design. The reverse stockinette really shows off the complexities of the yarn color, and the chunkier gauge makes the lace and cable stitch pattern nice and dramatic.
I really love how this sweater turned out, but sadly disaster struck it yesterday. I spilled coffee on my Henriette, and I didn’t notice until the stain had dried. I gave it a soak, and that helped fade the stain a bit, but it’s definitely still there. I’m a pretty clumsy person, so I’m mostly amazed that it’s taken me this long to accidentally stain one of my handknit sweaters. I just wish it had happened to an old one, not a sweater that I have barely worn! Oh, well. I have a few more stain-removal ideas to try, so we’ll see how that goes.
Henriette comes in seven sizes, from 29” to 53” finished bust measurements, and it should be worn with 1-3 inches of negative ease. Both charts and written instructions for the cable and lace stitch pattern are included, so you can pick your favorite to work with. The pattern is $6.50 and you can find Henriette in the Untangling Knots shop or on Ravelry.