Rosita in Jaeger Siena – Lacy top

Here’s another from my back catalog.

This is from Jaeger’s JB35 Siena book and is on the front cover…I seem to have a habit of knitting what’s on the front cover … maybe the best garments are chosen for the cover??

I found this to be a very challenging knit – the only lacy thing I’d ever done in the past was the Birch shawl from Rowan.
I did change the pattern slightly – in the picture above, hopefully you can see that the lace pattern is not taken to the sleeve’s seams. Instead there is a glaring strip of stocking stitch. I thought this look horrible so I worked out the pattern to the edge – a brain bender but worth it.

Stitch detail close up…

Misprint!! The worst part of this pattern was the misprint on Row 2 in my copy of the pattern! I spent a whole Sunday sitting on the sofa casting on, counting stitches, swearing saying “Damn, Knit and Blast it” and other choice phrases and ripping out the stitches to starting again. Eventually I sat down with a pencil and paper and added up the increases and decreases and realised that row 2 could never come out with the number of stitches I was supposed to have. The error has been corrected in later editions but if you have an old copy, Row 2 should read:-

P7[1,7,1,7], *P7, yrn, P2tog, P5, yrn, P2tog, P8; Rep from *to last 6[0,6,0,6]sts, P6[0,6,0,6]

I have worn and worn this top for work (with a pale blue vest underneath for decency’s sake). The lace pattern makes the top stretchy width ways so although the pattern is straight down from the arm holes, it looks fitted on (I like that)

I did get one negative comment about it – my now ex-boss asked, “why are the sleeves too short? Run out of wool?” Grrrr……
Completed Knit Report

Name Rosita

Pattern from Jaeger book JB35

Yarn Jaeger Siena

Pattern problems mistake in Row 2 of pattern “P5” missing after first “P2tog”

Pattern modifications Lace pattern taken to edge of sleeve

Washing and wearing Washes in the machine at 40 no problem when line dried. However, it did shrink a bit lengthways after Ben put it in the tumble dryer (Ben was in the doghouse for a week). Needs to have a vest underneath – at least!

Knit it again? Yes, almost certainly – Siena in my stash is begging for it. But I’d probably knit it 2″ longer so I can tumble dry it with abandon.

Difficulty I found it pretty hard to keep the pattern correct on the increases and decreases. I had to count my stitches after every knit row.

Rating 4/5

9 Responses

  1. polly
    polly January 17, 2007 at 7:50 pm | | Reply

    i love that cover sweater too, but find it hard to knit as a long-hand pattern. The ogee stitch would be easier to work as a chart. It was rather naughty of Jaeger to republish Ogee and name it as Rossita. You would had thought that 2nd time around there would be no errors in the pattern

  2. susan crowe
    susan crowe January 17, 2007 at 8:06 pm | | Reply

    Gosh, I didn’t know the pattern had a name or it had been published before. You’re right – naughty!

    And there were errors in the original too ? Unbeliveable…

    I just googled Ogee and found this definition on Wikipedia…

    Ogee is a shape consisting of a concave arc flowing into a convex arc, so forming an S-shaped curve with vertical ends.

    Things you learn knitting 🙂

  3. helen welch
    helen welch July 19, 2008 at 4:03 pm | | Reply

    hi there, i have found your site by sitting hours at computer looking for anybody who has a copy of rowan birch shawl, please could you tell me how to get hold of one, hoping you can help, thanks helen x

  4. susan crowe
    susan crowe July 19, 2008 at 5:07 pm | | Reply

    Hi Helen

    The Birch pattern is in Rowan magazine No.34.

    If you don’t want to hunt down the magazine there is a version of Birch called Kiri on the AllTangledUp blog here:-

    The difference is that with the original Birch your cast on hundreds of stitches and start at the long edge of the triangle and decrease as you go. With Kiri you start with a few stitches and get wider. It’s basically the same stitch pattern though.

    If you’re ever trying to locate or research patterns, have you looked at ? It’s a free site that knitters (and crocheters) upload details of all their projects – there is an enormous amount of info there!

    Hope that’s a help!


  5. Susi
    Susi September 11, 2008 at 6:06 am | | Reply

    Thank you for confirming and saving my sanity about this pattern. I cannot believe I am still so trusting and will patiently sit and knit and re-knit things time after time before realising that -hey, the pattern might be wrong! I was going to walk away from this one and tackle something more relaxing, but yours looks so lovely I still am mad enough to want to make it!

  6. Caryll
    Caryll January 30, 2009 at 1:57 am | | Reply

    I knit this sweater too and never could find the error so charted the design, likely slightly differently though it does look the same. I used Misti Baby alpaca lace weight as it worked beautifully. I love this design though it was challenging shaping lace. I followed the design size yet customized the whole thing using my chart, stitch pattern placement, etc. it came out beautifully and looks just like the cover pic. A beautiful design in my opinion though extremely frustrating with the error as written. I am stubborn…glad to see I’m not the only one!

  7. Sue Brickey
    Sue Brickey September 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm | | Reply

    I love your Rosita sweater, it is gorgeous! The pattern book must be out of print because I can’t locate a copy. Do you by any chance have an email address for Jaeger?
    Sue Brickey

  8. Ida Sandberg
    Ida Sandberg September 18, 2020 at 10:28 am | | Reply

    Dear Susan, do you still have the Rosita/Ogee pattern? It is impossible to get anywhere, and I even contacted the designer, Louisa. Any ideas of where to buy it?

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