In the works of J.R.R. Tolkien Lissuin is a sweet-smelling flower from Tol Eressa, whose fragrance brings hearts ease. Elves brought the flowers to Numenor for the wedding celebrations of Aldarion and Erendis.
The jumper (US ‘sweater’) is knitted seamlessly in the round from the bottom up with raglan shaping at the yoke and a steeked sweetheart neckline. Thus purling in the colourwork pattern is entirely avoided. Combined with spit splicing this construction method also creates very
few ends to weave in. The PDF links to various online tutorials for the special techniques involved.
The pattern is graded for knitting jumpers in ten sizes, from 32 to 50 inch chest circumferences. When finished the jumper has one inch of positive ease at the chest.
Suggested needle size is 3mm/US 2½, or size required to get the required tension/gauge. This is 32 stitches and 40 rounds per 10cm/4″ in k3p1 corrugated ribbing and in stranded pattern. You will also need a 80cm/32″ 2.75mm/US 2 circular for the neck edging.
The pictured sample was made with Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. This is a 4ply/fingering weight wool yarn that comes in a wide variety of colours. The table below shows the number of 25g balls required in each size.
Although this original design is inspired by the fiction of J.R.R. Tolkien, the pattern is not official or licensed merchandise and should not be perceived as such.
The Lissuin pattern is also available in ‘Novel Knits’ (see ‘Books’).