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Lace Collar – Free One Ball Knitting Pattern


Two Row Lace Stitch Close Up

Two Row Lace Stitch Close Up

To coordinate with the grey mohair lace cuffs, I decided to make a lace collar. Using the cuffs as a measuring guide, I determined that the collar was just under three times the size of a cuff.   


I realized that this collar makes a great one skien wonder. It’s a quick knit (mine took me two days to knit plus finishing time so it’s good when you need that last minute gift.) 

For my collar, I used a grey mohair with silver twisted in it that I bought at Silk City Fibers. Rowan’s Kid Silk Haze is a good substitute and may yield enough for you to make the matching cuffs (although be warned that I didn’t measure.)

I used a size 5 needle and didn’t check my gauge. 

Lace Stitch Pattern from The Point About Cuffs by Vicki Square in Interweave’s Lace Style:

Multiple of 6 stitches + 1 Stitch

Row 1: *K1, yo, K1, sl1 K2tog, PSSO, K1, yo* to last stitch K1

Row 2: Purl

Lace Collar Pattern
CO 163 stitches. (Note: You can use a multiple of 6 and add 3 stitches (2 are the selvage stitches and one is the last pattern stitch which is a knit).

Knit 4 rows.

Follow rows a & b for the next 16 rows.

Row a: *K1, yo, K1, sl1 K2tog, PSSO, K1, yo* to last stitch K1

Row b: Purl

Row 21: K1, K2tog for the rest of the row. 

Row 22: K1, Purl until last stitch, K1.

Follow rows c & d for the next 18 rows. Until row 40.

Row c: K1 *K1P1* until last stitch. K1.

Row d: K1 *P1K1* until last stitch. K1.

Bind off loosely.

Block by pulling out the points of the lace. 

Sew on three small buttons (more like tiny).  Opposite each button make a loop for buttoning. Using a crochet hook, make a 4 stitch chain loop and use single crochets to enhance the loops.


Pull out points on Lace Collar

Pull out points on Lace Collar



Lace collar closed at the side

Lace collar closed at the side


Lace collar buttoned in the front

Lace collar buttoned in the front


Lace collar closed in the back

Lace collar closed in the back

Unfortunately, I had already given my mother the sweater and cuffs for her birthday. This piece was just a bit delayed. As a result, I don’t have a picture of the ensemble.

For those of you who are adventurous, this pattern would probably look good in cotton as well. 

Please let me know what you think! 

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The Point About Cuffs-Lace edging modified


Lace cuff pinned out

Lace cuff pinned out

To sex up the Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover, I decided to add removable lace cuffs. I took my inspiration from Vicki Square’s The Point About Cuffs in Lace Style. Vicki Square’s pattern is meant to be worn under a blazer. When I checked on Ravelry, there were a mere 13 photos and most knitters weren’t happy with the result.


Therefore, I decided to change the pattern (nothing unusual here). I made it narrower and shorter. Vicki Square’s pattern calls for 5.5 inches of lace and 2.5 inches of ribbing. 

For my grey glittery mohair from Silk City Fibers, my modifications were:

  • Knit lace flat and then seam. Therefore, I added 3 stitches, one selvedge stitch at each end and one to end the pattern on the last pattern repeat. I think that knitting flat helped me to speed up the project since the thread thin lace weight is difficult to manage flat.
  • Reduced the number of stitches to 63 (10 repeats of 6 stitches). This narrowed the cuff.
  • Shortened the cuff. I reduced the lace to 3 inches before blocking.
  • Used 2 rounds of stitch reduction. At row 21, I decreased every other stitch and then repeated the decreases again on row 23. As a result, I had 17 stitches remaining which will make a tighter fit on the ribbing.
  • Changed K2P2 rib to a K1P1 rib to make the cuffs tighter although they will probably need elastic to keep them in place.

While I don’t know how much yarn was used, I used a size 5 needle. Further, I zipped through the project unlike those on Ravelry.


Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover with Lace Cuffs

Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover with Lace Cuffs

P.S. I think that the cuffs will need elastic to stay in place.


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Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover DONE!

Knitty- Inspired Thermal Scoop Neck Sweater in Alpaca

Knitty- Inspired Thermal Scoop Neck Sweater in Alpaca

My Knitty-inspired Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover is finally finished! It came out wonderfully. The knitted pattern gives the sweater the sense of soft alpaca long underwear albeit sexier with it’s side shaping.

The biggest hurdle with this sweater was the thin alpaca yarn that I used. I had bought it at Silk City Fibers where it was a special sample Unfortunately it required a small size 2 needle. (UGH!) As a result, this pullover took about 7 weeks to complete despite almost single minded knitting focus. Since I use a row counter to ensure that the front and back of the sweater match, this sweater had more rows than any other including the sweaters for my husband and dad.

I guess you could say that it contained a lot of love in terms of the hours of knitting.

Gliterati-Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover Acutriments


Grey Lace Weight Mohair With Silver Thread Shawl

Grey Lace Weight Mohair With Silver Thread Shawl

To accompany the Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover, I am using some fine mohair (think: Rown Kid Silk) with a twist of silver throughout to make a lacy scarf/foulard and coordinated lace cuffs. I bought this special yarn on sale at Silk City Fibers (where I always find something wonderful!)

The goal is to dress up the sweater for evening wear. The benefit of knitting these contrasting pieces separately is that they can be worn with other garments. 

As a start, I’m knitting a 2 by 2 rib. I  left the cast on stitches live so that I can add a lace finishing to match the cuffs. The lace will be knit down so that there’s no grafting needed (Yeah!) 

I’m considering narrowing the scarf by knitting each of the ribs together to get a 1 by 1 rib. This would enhance the fanned look of the scarf. I would love to hear your recommendations.

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Thermal Scoop Neck Sweater-First Sleeve

Knitting sleeves can seem endless. Some knitters like my mom, knit sleeves two at a time so that you don’t have to knit the same piece twice. I find it much easier to knit one sleeve at a time. Otherwise, I spend more time untangling the two pieces.

Instead, I keep track of the rows where I make increases and decreases while knitting the first sleeve so that I can make the second sleeve the same size. 

Since my arms tend to be longer than most of the patterns I use, I measure the sleeve before I start and layout the increases so that they occur long the length of the sleeve at reasonable intervals. All it takes is some relatively simple math and voila! 

Here’s the first sleeve (albeit without the cap).


Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover-First Sleeve

Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover-First Sleeve



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Thermal Scoop Neck Sweater Front Done

Thermal Scoop Neck Sweater FrontMy  Thermal Scoop Neck Sweater is making progress. Stitch by stitch it keeps growing. One of the changes that I made to Laura Chau’s Thermal Sweater on Knitty is eliminating the button tab on the Scoop Neck. Since I’m knitting the sweater in two pieces rather than the round, I also  needed to modify the neckline. 

Here’s what the neckline looks like. I left the stitches around the neck live to help me when I add on the finishing. I plan to use 6 rows of garter stitch which makesa great border since it lays flat. Also, it matches the bottom and cuffs. 

This neck is more open than many  necklines that I have made. The idea is to allow a lacy camisole to stick out against the soft  white alpaca thermal sweater.  Inspired by lingerie, this feminine look can be adapted to either day time or evening wear.

PS – The front of the sweater is longer than it appears since I photographed it on a chair.

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Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover Progresses

Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover Back Finished 


Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover Back Finished

The back of the Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover is finished! I am one third of the way done with the knitting (excluding finishing.) This sweater is taking waaaay longer to knit than I anticipated.  

Every time I start a sweater, I go through a process of swatching and knitting to get the  size and shape to fit.  Since this sweater is knit with thin alpaca yarn on number 2 needles, there’s more rows of knitting per piece. 

As usual, I made significant modifications to the Knitty Thermal pattern. In reality, the initial pattern may only be considered inspiration. Among my modifications are:

  1. Knitted the back and front of the sweater in two parts rather than one piece on circular needles. I did this to get more shaping than the original design. It helps that  I don’t mind sewing sweaters together.
  2. Changed the pattern stitch since I  followed the instructions for circular knitting when knitting the garment flat. I like the way that the stitch has the little ridges that long underwear has.
  3. Made  decreases and increases for side shaping to enhance the pattern rather than rely on the give in the knitted material. (I tracked the rows to ensure that it’s consistent on the front and back of the garment.)  

Since I am concerned that the sweater may not be wide enough, I am adding two stitch repeats to the front of the garment. I’ve done this before and it can be a good way to adjust the size of the garment in process. Given the choice, I prefer to make the front slightly larger than the back.  For this pattern, it should work well with the scoop neck.