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Essentially

Feminine

Knits

25 Must-Have
Chic Designs

Lene Holme Samse

Rita

Garter Stitch Sweater with Raglan


Shaping
A totally simple and eminently practical garter-stitch raglan sweater with
overlapping fronts. Its a good project for beginners who dont have much knitting
experience. The yarn is a rustic tweed, but the sweater would also look great in
another yarn, perhaps the same combination as for the coat shown on page 18.

Chest

Total length

XL

in

34

37

40

43

cm

86

94

102

110

in

22

22

23

23

cm

57

58

59

60

Yarn: Felted Tweed Aran from Rowan.


Yarn Amounts: 10 (11, 12, 13) balls, brown 721.
Needles: U. S. size 9 (5.5 mm): straight and 32" (80 cm) circular. U. S. size 7
(4.5mm): straight or circular for collar. Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain
the correct gauge.
Notions: 2 large snaps, 11" (25 30 mm).
Gauge: 15 sts = 4" (10 cm) in garter st on larger ndls.

Garter Stitch

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Lea & Lola

One Sweater, Two Lengths


Two-in-one: The short bolero and the long sweater are exactly the same except for their
lengths. Both are pleated to gather in the fabric at the backa delightful detail. The garments are knit with an ultra-fine and light yarn, with almost endless yardage so even the
long sweater weighs little more than 10.5 ounces (300 g).

Chest

XL

in

33

36

39

42

cm

84

92

100

108

in

15

15

16

16

cm

39

40

41

42

in

27

27

28

28

cm

69

70

71

72

Total length
Bolero, approx

Sweater, approx

Yarn: Alpaca 2 from Isager.

note:

Yarn alternatives: Many other yarns are available that will work equally well at this
gauge, for example, Mini Alpaca and Mini Duett from Sandnes Yarn and Semilla Fino and
Silkbloom Fino from BC Yarn. If the substitute you choose has fewer yards (meters) than the
recommended yarn, dont forget to buy extra.

Information in the
instructions regarding
the length of the short
bolero and the long
sweater is separated
by a slash ( / ):
numbers before the
slash pertain to the
bolero and numbers
after the slash refer to
the long sweater.

Yarn Amounts: 2 (2, 3, 3) skeins peach, 015 for the bolero, and 3 (3, 4, 4) skeins gray-green,
012 for the sweater.
Needles: U. S. sizes 2.5 and 4 (3 and 3.5 mm): straight. U. S. size 4 (3.5 mm): 32 (80
cm) circular. 2 Dpn or cable needles for pleats and cable crossing. Adjust needle sizes if
necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: 7 buttons, approx 58 " (1618 mm).
Gauge: 27 sts and 36 rows = 4 4" (10 10 cm) in St st on larger needle

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| Ca ble Pat t erns

Garter Stitch: Fiona

Leaf Patterns: Bella

Cable Patterns: Petra

Contents
Foreword
General Information
Symbol Key

Garter Stitch
Rita
Fiona
Siri
Tara
Rosita

Leaf Patterns
Structural: Raya

Palma
Lilly
Hella
Nikita
Bella

Structural
Gerda
Raya
Smilla
Paula
Penelope

Cable Patterns
Viola
Lea and Lola
Petra
Wilma
Amanda

Lace Patterns
Lana
Cecilia
Holly
Coco
Vicky

Yarn Sources

Lace Patterns: Lana


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Essentially

Feminine Knits
Distinctively modern, essentially feminine
Essentially Feminine Knits features a collection of 25
must-have garments and accessories for every occasionfrom
casual to dressy. Designer and author Lene Holme Samses patterns embody a sometimes delicate but always fashionably ladylike
approach. Focusing on Lenes signature botanical lace motifs, this
collection offers designs with a variety of beautiful effects. Inside
youll find original sweaters, tops, jackets, hats, scarves, and mittens. Each pattern reveals elegant detailing, a flattering silhouette,
and classic style. Essentially Feminine Knits will keep you refined,
chic, and simply feminine.

Lene Holme Samse has worked as a knitting designer since


1988. She is the author of Feminine Knits (Interweave). Today she
is a full-time knitwear designer for Danish and foreign yarn companies, magazines, and periodicals.
Paperback
8.5 x 9, 136 pages
ISBN 978-1-59668-784-4
$24.95
Available June 2012