Royale revised

A little over two years ago I released Royale. It was one of my early sweater patterns, and one which still represents my great affection for twisted stitches and travelling cables. I designed the original sweater for a deep scoop neck and 3/4 sleeves as modern details at the time. After a time I realized a few folks were modifying it to their own preferences, for full-length sleeves and a higher neckline for more versatility and cold-weather comfort, and so I thought, hey, I can make that a bit easier for people. Why don’t I just update the pattern? And while I’m updating the pattern, why don’t I knit myself another one?

And so, I did.

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This new sample (nicely modelled by fellow knitter Lisa) shows off said full sleeves and a more modest scoop neck that, with the ribbing, ends a little above the beginning of the armholes. I asked Lisa to model for me for a fresh set of photos since she’s about the same size as me, and this one actually fit her so perfectly I told her she would have been totally justified in stealing it. (She didn’t, though, which I appreciate).

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Royale is available here on Ravelry, and here on Patternfish. The new pattern contains not only two options for sleeve length and neckline depth, but also an additional size in the 3XL range, for a total of 7 sizes ranging from 31 to 53 inches at bust circumference. It uses your preferred worsted weight wool (shown in Cascade 220 heathers) at a gauge of 21 sts/4 ins over twisted moss stitch in the round (noted in pattern instructions), and I definitely recommend doing a swatch and gauge check before starting to make sure you’ll get the right fit. This is a sweater that works very well with a close fit, and zero ease or negative ease would be the ideal. As shown here, the sweater measures the same at bust circumference as the body of the wearer at the bust (in other words, it is being worn with “zero ease”), which is one reason it looks so awesome on Lisa. Negative ease would also be fantastic though, and show off the twisty cables even more.

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Even though this is more of a re-release than a regular release, admittedly I would normally choose to release a full length pullover like this a little closer to actual cold-weather time (speaking as a Northern Hemisphere resident, at least), rather than in the spring. But on the other hand, I always think it is one of the great ironies of knitting that we often knit items during the season we want to wear them – inevitably this ends with some projects being completed just as that perfect wearing season has ended. (Said the gal who just cast on a laceweight shawl that will probably take most of the summer.) So, at least if you start on a sweater in the spring or summer, you know it’ll be ready and waiting for you in the fall when you need it.

I’ve also heard tell that a couple of folks are planning to use this as a summer Olympics knitting project, which - go ahead with your mad skills, knitters. I salute and support you! Also why didn’t I think of that.

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Since this sweater does use quite a lot of those twisted stitches and travelling cables, as per usual I include in the pattern instructions some tips on how to work these without a cable needle. If you can get the hang of that technique, it will likely make your knitting proceed much more efficiently, and I’m a big fan. In fact, look for an updated photo tutorial from me soon on this technique as well – I’m planning a new one dedicated just to these little 2-stitch travelling cables so familiar to Bavarian twisted stitch work like in these motifs.

Other notes about this sweater – it is worked in the round up to the armholes, from the bottom up, then worked flat across the back and fronts separately. The sleeve caps are also worked flat, then the sleeves are sewn into the set-in armholes. All told there’s only small amounts of seaming involved, and working mostly in the round is a great approach for twisted stitch cables like these, because ktbl (knitting through the back loop) is a lot more fun that ptbl (purling through the back loop), I can tell you that.

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Finally, if you’re just tuning in here this week and would like a chance to win a fabulous little zippered notions purse from Pog Totes, check out my previous post which also holds a book review of Circular Knitting Workshop by Margaret Radcliffe. I’ll post a winner sometime after noon tomorrow.

Happy knitting this Wednesday! May you have a refreshing beverage waiting for you at the end of it.

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14 responses to “Royale revised

  1. Awesome, definitely worthy of a re-release, now this pattern really has it all! And you’re so right about “knitting what we want to wear when we want to wear it”… it never works out! Much better to plan ahead.

  2. I love this!! Gorgeous. Yet another of your patterns to add to my Ravelry queue! xxx

  3. I really like this sweater. I may have to knit it. The revisions are perfect.

  4. Kathy

    Beautiful! It’s already in my queue and cart.

  5. And it matches her nail polish. Planned or luck?

  6. Planned, actually! ;) We went for manicures that afternoon and did the photos afterwards, so she purposefully got a colour that would complement the sweater. It worked out great!

    Glenna

  7. OK! Now I know what my next project will be!

  8. What a gorgeous pattern, but also the shaping is superb – your patience and persistence is totally worth it! I don’t think it’s a stash buster for me though, I’d worry that the yarn I already have may sag at the rib, then the sweater would lose its great shape. However, this does mean that this sweater could be the very excuse to actually go an buy more lovely yarn! Thank you for sharing – lovely blog and photos too, btw! x

  9. Caitlyn

    I can’t get over how lovely, lovely, lovely this sweater is! I covet it, but I doubt my ability to execute it well enough to do justice to the pattern. I’m looking forward to your updated photo tutorial on cabling for it, though. I’ve done a small amount of cable work with a cable needle, and I understand the principle behind cabling without one, but I worry that I knit far too tightly to do it myself. Perhaps this is something you could talk about? I’m looking forward to the day I can knit a Royale of my own.

  10. Ann

    That’s one beautiful sweater!

  11. LauraSue

    I bought the pattern, and might not have without the revisions. Thank you. It’s just beautiful and I hope that my knitting does it justice. I bought yarn too. Surprise. Surprise.

  12. Ooh, I like both versions!

  13. Deb in PA

    It’s a beautiful sweater. Would it be hard to upsize just a whisker more?