The ancient Greeks knew Illyria as a region on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, a mythical place, a borderland between the known and unknown worlds, a place where fact and fiction blend. I got to wondering about all this, because of the television show I was watching while knitting my model, and the one character who, er, well something happened to her, and she became blue.

A light weight cardigan knit with fingering weight yarn on larger-than-normal needles, Illyria is worked from hem up in one piece to the armholes. After shoulders are seamed stitches are picked up for the ¾-length sleeves, and worked in short rows to the underarm, then in the round to the cuff. A single column of simple lace decorates cardigan fronts and sleeves. A double column of lace spirits its way up the center of the back.

Pattern details
  • Yarn: Fingering weight; 1300, 1400, 1500, 1650 [1800, 1950, 2100, 2300] yards.
  • Model: Baah La Jolla in Blue Sapphire in second smallest size; 400 yards in 100 grams; 100% superwash merino.
  • Gauge: 20 sts and 25 rows to 4 inches in stockinette stitch, blocked.
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) for gauge, and US 5 (3.75 mm) for bands.
  • Buttons: Eight .5-inch buttons.
  • Finished size: 35, 38, 40.5, 43.75 [47, 50, 52.5, 55.75] inches.
  • To fit bust: 2 inches smaller than finished sweater.
  • Stitch instructions: Charted and written.
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