Alla is a lacy yoke cardigan knitted from the top down. Although it may look complicated, the lace motifs are deceptively simple and it won’t take much more time to knit than a lace shawl. The pattern includes charted and written instructions as well as a step-by-step blocking tutorial, making it a suitable project even for lace beginners. It comes into 9 sizes from XXXS to 3X.  For long sleeves, you will need one extra skein of Love Story. 

Yarn used: Love Story Einband or Crewel wool/Lace weight yarn, natural dyes, from Renaissance Dyeing 

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Alla Pattern

6 €


Alla KIT (Love Story wool, no pattern)

from 48 €


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The pattern story

Hélène tells us more about the pattern

 Alla is how dear friends and family called Aðalbjörg Jónsdóttir, an Old Icelandic woman who made wonderful lace dresses inspired by the Icelandic knitted slip klukka, but much more intricate. While I was working on a book about the work of Aðalbjörg, I couldn’t help but being inspired.

Before blocking, Alla will look ridiculously small

My design however is quite different from the dresses made by Aðalbjörg: first, it is knitted from the top down. You can try it on as you knit and easily make adjustments in length or flare. There is no seaming or grafting involved. The division of the yoke for body and sleeves is worked on a plain row, not in lace pattern, making the transition smooth and straightforward. Alla is not a dress but a little cardigan: the investment in time and yarn is similar to the one of a lace shawl and a perfect lacy project for maximum effect! Before blocking, the cardigan will look ridiculously small: don’t let this puzzle you but make sure the yarn you are using is suitable for lace and won’t spring back to original shape once stretched. Alla is light and versatile, you can dress it up or down, at work, at the beach or at a party, but be sure all the eyes will be on you!

The designer

Hélène Magnússon is a leading knit designer in Iceland, the author of many books about traditional Icelandic knitting and the editor of The Icelandic Knitter. She likes to put a new spin on Icelandic traditions. She began her professional life as a lawyer in Paris before she made a complete life change and moved to Iceland, where she studied textile and fashion at Iceland Academy of the Arts and worked as a hired girl in a sheep farm and a mountain guide. The varied skills she learned in those early years richly inform the amazing hiking and knitting tours she passionately guides in collaboration with tour operator Icelandic Mountain Guides. 


Wool, sizes  & info

The pattern

Sizes: XXXS,XXS,XS(S,M,L)1X,2X,3X

Green model is a size XXS, blue is a size S.

Finished measurements after blocking - when just 3 numbers are indicated , they are for first 3 sizes (3 middle sizes) last 3 sizes-.

A high bust: 72,78,84(90,96,102)108,114,120 cm/ 28¾,31¼,33 ½(36,38½,40¾)43¼,45½,48”

B bottom edge 120,130,140(150,160,170)180,190,200 cm/48,52,56(60,64,68)72,76,80”

C sleeve length: 14,14.5,14.5(15,15,15.5)15.5,16,16 cm/ 5½,5¾,5¾(6,6,6¼)6¼,6½,6½”

D yoke depth 14(14.5)15 cm/ 5½(5¾)6”

E length to underarm: 44(46)49cm/ 17½(18½)19¾

Wool: Love Story

4,4,4(5,5,5)6,6,6 skeins. You will need one more skein for long sleeves.

Total yardage estimation: 742,797,855(953,1014,1072)1194,1256,1320 m / 808,869,932(1039,1105,1169)1302,1369,1439 yds

Other material: 7,7,7(7,7,8)8,8,8 little buttons or as many as you wish.

Needles: 2.5, 3, 3.5 and 4mm / US 1, 2, 4 and 6 circular needles. Magic loop is used for the sleeves but you can also use DPN’s. Crochet hook nr 3 / US D/3

Gauge: 10 cm/4” = 30 sts and 42 rows in St st on needle 3 mm/US 2 and 24 sts and 30 rows on needle 3,5 mm/US 4. As much as gauge is not essential for a lace shawl, it is important for a garment.

Notions: markers, st holders or scrap yarn, rustproof pins, 4 blocking wires (2 straight and 2 flexible or 4 flexible) or laundry string.

Techniques: the cardigan is worked from the top down. The yoke is knitted back and forth then divided for sleeves and body. Body is worked back and forth and sleeves are knitted in the round. There is no seaming at all. The cardigan is heavily stretched and blocked, just like a lace shawl would be.

Top-down, Knitting back and forth and in the round, Magic loop (but you can use DPN's), easy lace.

Pattern: once you've made your paiement, you will receive an email with a link to download the pattern PDF. We don't send patterns by snailmail.

Errata: no mistake was found in this pattern