Orchidaceae is the sister design to Orchid from my new book, Evolution, a collection of 12 designs inspired by The Vintage Shetland Project.

About Orchidaceae:

Orchidaceae is an easy-to-wear, comfortable sweater featuring a beautiful lace yoke. The sweater is worked in the round from the bottom up, on reaching the armholes the body is put to one side, then the sleeves are knitted, then the body and sleeves are joined together and worked in one piece, in the round. Short row shaping is worked on the upper back section of the body ensuring the front neckline doesn't sit too high. Once the short rows are completed the lace yoke is then worked. This simple, 12 stitch lace pattern creates a striking orchid petal outline. The body is unshaped, its finished length designed to sit roughly on the hip bone; however it can simply be knitted shorter or longer depending on the finished length preferred. To shorten the upper body, fewer rounds can be worked before commencing the lace yoke, avoiding any complicated changes. Orchidaceae is knitted in DK weight yarn, making it a quick knit to accomplish. The larger stitch gauge adds extra definition and drama to the lace yoke.


Just like its sister, this pattern includes instructions for nine sizes between 28 inch (70cm) and 62 inch (156cm) chest.


Please note the patterns from the collection are not available to purchase separately.



Susan Crawford Excelana DK, 100% British wool (247m/270yds per 100g skein)

4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins, shade Cinnamon


Suggested needles:

Small needles: 3.25mm (US 3) circular needle (40–60cm in length)

    3.25mm (US 3) circular needle (80–100cm in length)

                            Set of 3.25mm (US 3) DPNs


Large needles: 4mm (US 6) circular needle (40cm in length)

                            4mm (US 6) circular needle (80–100cm in length)

                            Set of 4mm (US 6) DPNs



Waste yarn or stitch holders

Stitch markers



Knitting in the round

Short row shaping

Following a chart

Knitting a lace pattern


Yarn kits are also available offering a considerable discount on purchasing the yarn separately.


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