As is so often the case, this little sweater practically knit itself, naming it, however, was another thing entirely. I had absolutely no inspiration for a name. Nothing came to me. At all. Absolute blank. I asked my testers, if they had any ideas, and one did. The eyelets in the ribbing reminded her of constellations, so she suggested Lyra. The constellation Lyra is shaped like Orpheus’ lyre. The more I thought about it, and the more I read about this charming constellation, the more perfect her idea was.

Lyra is worked flat from the hem up, though notes are included for knitting it in the round. The sleeves are elbow length, and have a simple stitch pattern that mimics the ribbing, without the ribbing part. Sleeves can be worked flat from the hem up, or from the shoulder down with short rows, then in the round to the cuff.

Pattern details
  • Yarn: sport weight; 775, 850, 925, 1025 [1100, 1175, 1275, 1375] yards.
  • Model: The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Studio Merino 500 in Cherried Pecan in third smallest size; model knit flat and seamed; 500 yards in 220 grams; 100% merino.
  • Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm).
  • Gauge: 18 sts and 22 rows to 4 inches in stockinette stitch.
  • Finished size: 34.75, 37.25, 40, 42.75 [45.25, 48, 50.75, 53.25] inches.
  • Stitch instructions: Charted and written.
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