I wanted a lacy jumper for spring / summer and this seemed to fit the bill. I know this book was published back in 1987 but a lacy jumper is a lacy jumper. This one was originally knitted in Sirdar Romance a fluffy yarn from the 80s but the tension matched Rowan All seasons Cotton - so it seemed like a good choice.
Here it is already to start - Crab Apple in The Country Diary Book of Knitting.
11 balls of Rowan All Seasons Cotton - 4mm needles for the ribs and 5mm needles for the main body (plus a circular 4mm for the neck). I eventually used 12 balls not 11.
Here's how I made it....
12 Balls of Rowan All Seasons Cotton
Cast on 100 sts - K1 P1 rib for 15 rows, inc 1 st on the last row.
Follow lace pattern of 16 rows.
Knit pattern 8 times and then up to row 5.
Shape shoulder by casting off 15 sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows.
The 5 sts at the beginning of the next 6 rows = 40 sts - put on holder.
As for back but complete 7 patterns and 9 rows.
Divide for front by knitting 44 sts - turn and dec 2 sts at neck edge on the next 4 alternate rows = 36 sts (and row 1 of the pattern).
Dec 1 st on neck edge on next 3 rows = 33 sts and row 4 of the pattern.
Knit 1 row.
Complete shoulder shaping as for back = 3 sts. - on a pin.
Put middle 13 on a holder and complete other side.
Pick up 3 sts from the pin, knit 17 down side of neck, 13 sts across front, 17 up side of neck, 3 from the pin and 40 across the back = 93 sts.
K1 P1 rib for 10 rounds.
On rounds 4 to 8 dec 1 st either side of the shoulder seam (4 decreases per round).
Cast off loosely.
Cast on 40 sts.
K1 P1 rib for 13 rows - increase 1 st on the last row = 41 sts.
Complete using pattern.
Inc 1 st each end of 3rd and following 5th rows until 71 sts.
Complete pattern 6 times - cast off loosely.
Other patterns I'd like to knit from The Country Diary Book of Knitting - two sleeveless tops.