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.

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 panels decorates cardigan fronts and sleeves. A double column of lace spirits its way up the center of the back.

Yarn: Fingering weight; 1300, 1400, 1500, 1650 [1800, 1950, 2100, 2300] yards
Model: Baah La Jolla in Blue Sapphire, finished size 38 in (104.8 cm); 400 yards in 100 grams; 100% superwash merino.
Gauge: 20 sts and 25 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, blocked
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) for gauge, US 5 (3.75 mm) needles for hems; same sizes of needles for sleeves: DPNs or circular needles, length determined by preferred method of knitting in the round.
Finished size: 35, 38, 40.5, 43.75 [47, 50, 52.5, 55.75] in; 88.9, 96.5, 102.9, 111.1 [119.4, 127, 133.4, 141.6] cm
Bust size: 2 inches (8 cm) smaller than finished sweater
Notions: 8 ½-inch (1.3 cm) buttons, at least 8 stitch markers (4 each from 2 different sets, or that are somehow easily distinguishable from each other), 2 stitch holders

Skills: k2tog, k3tog, ssk, s1-k2tog-psso, s2-k1-p2sso, YO, double YO, m1l, m1r, short rows, knitting in the round, wrapped stitches
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.