Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is one of my favorite plays. It’s light, fun, silly, witty, and completely absurd. Delightful. The Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax is always dressed to the nines, and usually wears a good deal of lace. Certainly, if she were an early 21st century woman, she would want to deck herself out in a captivating lace sweater like this one that can be worn in a variety of ways: belted, pinned at the shoulder, or allowed to hang in graceful folds from the shoulders.

Sweater fits across the back with 1 to 2 inches of positive ease, has extra long, wide sleeves (sleeve length is easy to adjust), deep armholes, and fronts that are each slightly wider than the back for best drape. It is worked from the hem up in one piece, divided at the armholes. Sleeves are also worked from the hem up, and attached after the shoulders are seamed. The pattern includes making a very specific gauge swatch, shown below, to help the knitter get the best finished results possible.

Cecily uses the same stitches found in Cecily, a romantic little shawl.

Gwendolen errata.

Yarn: fingering weight; 1700, 1900, 2100 [2300, 2500, 2700, 2900] yards
Model: Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Fingering 55 in Rubies Playing; size: 39.75 inches (101 cm); 175 yards in 50 grams; 55% silk, 45% merino
Gauge: 20 sts and 31 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stitch pattern
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) needles with sharp points (if making nupps), or size needed for gauge, and US 4 (3.5 mm) needles
Finished size: up to 2 inches (3 cm) larger bust
Bust size: 33.25, 36.5, 39.5 [42.75, 46, 49.25, 52.5] in; 84.5, 92.5, 100.5 [108.5, 117, 125, 133.5] cm
Notions: 2 stitch holders, yarn needle; stitch markers optional

Skills: k2tog, ssk, YO, s1-k2tog-psso, nupp or bobble, garter stitch
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.