I had a rough idea for a pullover with a lace cowl for quite a while when I got the call from Louet. The idea solidified as I dug through countless stitch dictionaries looking for just the right stitch for the cowl. The body of the sweater and sleeves would be a simple stockinette to properly showcase the lace, and the lovely and easy-to-knit Japanese feather stitch, which has been haunting me for quite some time, would be used for the cowl.

Normally the body of a sweater is knit with the largest needles. In this case, the largest needles and smallest yarn are reserved for the lace cowl, the smallest needles are used for the ribbing, and the medium-sized needles are used for gauge and to knit the body and sleeves of the sweater. Pieces are knit separately from the hem up, shoulders are seamed, and cowl is knit onto the sweater in the round. Then sleeves are sewn on, and sides are seamed.

Images taken by Caro Sheridan. © 2014 Louet North America. Used with permission.

Yarn: sport weight for body: 1125 (1125, 1350, 1350, 1575, 1575, 1800); and fingering weight for cowl: 185 (185, 185, 185,1 185, 370, 370)
Model: Louet GEMS Sport and Louet GEMS Fingering knit in smallest size
Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch with sport weight yarn
Needles: US 3 for ribbing, US 4 for body of sweater, US 5 for cowl
Finished size: 32.25 (36, 40.25, 44, 48.25, 52, 56.25)
Bust size: 0 to 2 inches smaller than finished sweater
Notions: 2 stitch markers (more optional), stitch holder, yarn needle

Skills: k2tog, ssk, YO, stockinette stitch, knitting in the round
Stitch instructions: Charted and written.

This pattern is listed on Ravelry.