Belle Linen Sweater

by Laura on May 10, 2013

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This pattern came out last fall and I was so pleased to see two of my favorite things together- Cocoknits style & Shibui Linen! I cast on right away even though the cold weather was coming. I got to wear it a few times, and then I folded it up for next season. Well, next season is here and I am psyched to wear my (nearly) new Belle sweater again!

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Belle is a big, gorgeous swath of knitting in the round with 4 openings: neck, a hem and 2 sleeves. What makes it unique is the way they’re distributed across the rectangle’s perimeter; the hem and neck are on opposite corners! This, coupled with the ultra drapey Linen, creates the beautiful, bias fabric that makes this slouchy sweater special.

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Knit on a size 9, and using just 3 skeins of Shibui Linen in Field (I knit the medium), I knit this up in just under a week. I know linen has a bit of a reputation for being hard on your hands, but I assure you that is not the case with this yarn! The chain construction lends a little extra give, making it a pleasure to knit.

I love that Belle gives a little extra coverage in the AC and lets me wear a handknit sweater in the summer! You can pull the sweater down long to wear over a long tank dress, or keep the hem gathered at the waist to dress up tanks & jeans. If you’ve been thinking of giving the Linen a try, this is a perfect project to do so!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin F. May 12, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Love the look. I will be knitting this one soon I think!

Laura May 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

Robin- You totally should, I love it!

Cassie Epting May 14, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Was this yarn used in Liesl pattern? Are any other patterns available in sleeveless long tunics? Love the drape @ how it can cover all ills! Does the Belle also do this?

Craig May 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

I have seen Liesl knit with Linen, and its designer, Cocoknits, has other sleeveless long tunics. We have the patterns in the shop or you can see them on her website, cocoknits.com.

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