New Released Pattern: Eligia Top & Cowl

Eligia Top & Cowl EOne year ago, this pattern was featured in the digital magazine Clotheshorse (see archive) and now the rights have come back to me. It is now available in both English and Norwegian from my Ravelry Store, see


An elegant evening look, with Gothic aspirations was my aim for this top and cowl. The result was a fitted allover lace sweater with puffed sleeves and a straight boatneck, knitted in a yarn with sheen, and smooth to the touch in deep purple. Tencel is a fiber I love knitting with since it only needs to be stretched into shape, and feels like silk, hence selected for this set. Eligia means the chosen one, and so it was by Clotheshorse; first published in No. 3 Winter 2012-2013.

Size: S (M, L, XL, XXL)

Finished Measurements: Top:                                                                                             Bust: 92.5 (98, 101.5, 105.5, 109) cm/ 36.5 (38.5, 40, 41.5, 43)”                                             Waist: 80 (85, 89, 92.5, 98) cm/ 31.5 (33.5, 35, 36.5, 38.5)”                                              Length:                        55 cm/21.5″,                                                                                              Sleeve length:             45.5 cm/18″.                                                                                                 Cowl: Circumference 59.5 cm/23.5″, height 34.5 cm/13.5″

Yarn: Valley Yarns 8/2 Tencel in Eggplant (100% Lyocell, 1lb/454g, 3360yds/3675m): 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) Cones: 2833 (3238, 3640, 4045, 4450) m/ 3098 (3541, 3981, 4424, 4867) yds used for top and an extra 809 m/885 yds used for cowl yarn or handweavers.

Note: Yarn is held double throughout pattern.

Alternative yarns: Jaggerspun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 held double (50% merino, 50% tussah silk, 454 g/1lb, 5040 yds/ 4609 m) jaggeryarn.                                                          Drops, Lace held double (70% alpaca, 30% silk, 800 m/ 874 yds, 100 g) garnstudio.

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 straight needles, 3 mm/US 2.5 circular knitting needle 80 cm/32″, 3 mm/US 2.5 circular knitting needle 60 cm/24″ for cowl or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 24 Stitch markers, 2 Stitch holders, cotton thread if not using Tencel to puff sleeves and yarn needle

Gauge: 29 sts and 38 rows in rev st st using 3 mm/US 2.5 needles and 2 strands of yarn held together equals 10 cm/4″ square. 17 sts in Lace Panel using 3 mm/US 2.5 needles and 2 strands of yarn held together equals 6.5 cm/2.5″. Or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notes: The sleeves are knitted first and worked flat to learn the stitch pattern, while the body and the cowl is knitted in the round. The pullover has puffed sleeves, made by increasing each side of the middle pattern repeat, and puffed by hand and then set in. If not using Tencel, use cotton thread so the yarn will be strong enough to pull the sts together. The body is shaped between each of Lace Panels. The rev st st between each Lace Panel varies in stitch count depending on size chosen.


6 thoughts on “New Released Pattern: Eligia Top & Cowl

  1. How lovely, Linda. It is, as I always expect from your patterns, elegant – worn equally well with a pair of jeans or a gored velvet floor-length skirt. I am in the midst of knitting jul gaver for friends and family and am working on some horribly boring (but popular on Ravelry) scarves. Though the yarn I am using is quite good, the patterns are disappointing after your wonderful Milanese scarf. (I have 100 g left of the Cloud and after the holidays will be knitting up a hat to match the scarf.) I will have to buy this pattern, you know … I love Zephyr. 🙂

    • I am so pleased you think so, Karen! Thank you! I am sure the julegaver will be appreciated, but know how horribly boring scarves can be! I would be delighted if you did! 😀

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