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Sweet leaves
This is a very personal pattern, in the sense that it was designed specifically for my daughter, and with specifics in mind.

Maile is a fragrant vine endemic to Hawaii, and it is traditionally used as a kind of very special lei; Dave and I wore maile leis on our wedding day. The lei is traditionally worn open, draped over the shoulders, and the leaf pattern in this sweater echoes that.

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1 skein Sock Yarn, Size US 4 circular needles stitch holders (3) stitch markers (several) buttons (4)
  • Step 1

    Size: 3 months, 20-in chest circumference. (I know. It would be nice if I provided multiple sizes. But I find baby sizes to be completely insane--Willow currently fits "newborn" and "3 months," but not "0-3 months." She fits this sweater. She is two months old. I leave it to you to determine. Also, raglans are pretty easy for mucking around with the sizing).

    Gauge:
    6 sts and 9 rows = 1 inch

  • Step 2

    Lace Pattern #1:
    Row 1: k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, skp, *k5, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, skp; Repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3
    Row 2 and all even: purl
    Row 3: k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, skp, *k3, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, skp; Repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2
    Rows 5 & 7: As row 1.

    Lace Pattern #2:
    Row 1: (k1, yo)2X, sl-k2tog-psso, k3, k3tog, (yo, k1)2X.
    Row 2 and all even: purl
    Row 3: k1, yo, k3, yo, skp, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k1 (2 sts increased)
    Row 5: k1, yo, skp, k1, k2tog, yo, sl-k2tog-psso, yo, skp, k1, k2tog, yo, k1 (2 sts decreased)
    Row 7: k1 (yo, skp, k1, k2tog, yo, k1)2X
    Row 9: As row 7
    Row 10: purl

  • Step 3

    Body:

    CO 131 sts.

    K 11 rows

    K5, p to last 5 sts, k5

    K5, work Lace Pattern #1 to last 5 sts, k5.

    Repeat the last two rows until Lace Pattern #1 has been completed.

    K5, p to last 5 sts, k5

    K33, pm, k65, pm, k33

    K5, p to last 5 sts, k5

    (K to 3 sts before m, ssk, k2, k2tog)2X, k to end

    Work 7 rows even.

    Repeat the last 8 rows 2X more, then work even until piece measures 4.5 inches, ending in a WS row.

    (119 sts).

    Place these stitches on a holder, leaving the markers in place.

  • Step 4

    Sleeves (make 2):

    CO 30 sts

    K 10 rows

    K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1

    Work 3 rows in stockinette.

    Repeat the last 4 rows 3X more.

    K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1

    Work 5 rows in stockinette.

    Repeat the last 6 rows 3X (46 sts)

    Work even until piece measures 4.75 inches, ending in a WS row.

  • Step 5

    Yoke:

    Place body stitches back on needles. K to 8 sts before marker, ssk, pm, k6, remove m. K7 sts from 1st sleeve, pm, k2tog. K to 3 sts before end of sleeve, ssk, pm, k to end of sleeve. K 1 stitch from back, k2tog, k to 3 sts before marker, ssk, pm, k1, k 1 st from second sleeve, k2tog, k to 9 sts before end of sleeve, ssk, pm, k to end of sleeve. K 6 sts from left front, pm, k2tog, k to end.

    Note: Yes, this is exceedingly hard on your hands and needles, and it would be so much easier if I'd bound off sts to be sewn up. But I don't like the way that feels under my arms, so I prefer to struggle through. Feel free to bind off a few sts on either side of the sleeves and at the markers in the body to free up some space for yourself.

    Buttonhole row: K2, yo, k2tog, k1, p to last 5 sts, k5

    K to 2 sts before m, ssk, work Lace Pattern #2 between markers, k2tog, (k to 3 sts before m, ssk, k2, k2tog)2X, k to 2 sts before m, ssk, work Lace Pattern #2 between markers, k2tog, k to end.

    K5, p to last 5 sts, k5

    Repeat the last two rows until there are 83 sts on the needles, working a buttonhole row every 10 rows.

    K 1 row.

    K 1 row, decreasing 6 sts evenly spaced.

    Repeat the last two rows 4X more (53 sts).

    BO all sts.

    Block lightly.

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