I had been planning to update this pattern to add directions for working it in the round. Of course, once I started going over the pattern, I decided that certain portions--notably the directions for the neckband--could be made clearer. The neckband continues the 7/2 ribbing of the body, and with this rather large repeat of 9 stitches, required some fancy footwork with the upper body numbers to make it work smoothly (and consequently, for 3 sizes, some minor changes had to be made to the overall sweater length, mostly occurring between bust and shoulder--1/2 inch for size L, 1 inch for size 3X, and 1 1/2 inches for size 1X). While I was at it, I updated the yarn substitution suggestions, and added some additional garment measurements: sleeve circumference at the upper arm, and length from underarm to hem.
Here are some of the pertinent facts:
Garment measurements in in/cm for sizes S [M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X]:
35/88 39/99 43/109 47/119 51/130 55/140
28/71 32/81 36/91 40/101 43.5/110 47.5/120
21/53 21/53 22/56 23/58 22/56 23/58
Sleeve upper arm circ:
14/36 15/38 16/41 17/43 18/46 19/48
DiVe Cotone Egitto (100% cotton; 109 yds/100 m per 50 gm ball), color #519. 10 [11, 12, 13, 14, 15] balls. Yarn has been discontinued; see suggested substitutions below.
US #5/3.75 mm circular, 24-40” OR US #5/3.75 mm straight needles
1 set US #5/3.75 mm double-pointed needles (dpns) OR US #5/3.75 mm circular needle, 16-20” depending on size worked(for neckband). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain proper gauge.
Tapestry needle; stitch holders or waste yarn; markers optional
Some possibilities (try at your own risk!):
Dale of Norway Svale (cotton/viscose/silk); Classic Elite Premiere (cotton/Tencel); Frog Tree Pima Silk (cotton/silk); Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK (wool/microfiber/cashmere); Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool (wool/silk)
Approx. yds/m required: 1050/960 [1150/1050, 1250/1140, 1350/1230, 1475/1340, 1600/1460] yds/m.
22.5 sts / 30 rows to 4 inches / 10 cm on US size 5 needles in lace patt stitch; 23 sts/ 30 rows to 4 in / 10 cm. in rib patt st (7/2), slightly stretched. CHECK GAUGE ON BLOCKED SWATCH.
Note that waist is 7 to 7.5 inches smaller than bust and hips. Recommend going up one size if the waist is too small in your usual size; even if ease is greater at bust and hips than you would normally wish, the ribbing tends to contract and creates a form-following fit, so the sweater will not be as loose as the same-sized garment in stockinette.
*If you have already purchased the original Chinese Lace Pullover pattern, and would like the updated version, just contact me at knititude @gmail.com, and I will email it to you free of charge.