07 July 2015

Pattern: Sotherton

Sotherton $7 on Ravelry (no account necessary)

“You have a very smiling scene before you,” [said Mr. Crawford.] 
“Do you mean literally or figuratively? Literally, I conclude. Yes, certainly, the sun shines, and the park looks very cheerful. But unluckily that iron gate, that ha-ha, give me a feeling of restraint and hardship. ‘I cannot get out,’ as the starling said.” As [Miss Bertram] spoke, and it was with expression, she walked to the gate: he followed her. “Mr. Rushworth is so long fetching this key!”
—Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Sotherton is inspired by the iron gates sprinkled, frustratingly, throughout the grounds at Mr. Rushworth’s estate of Sotherton. While they proved no match for Miss Bertram’s determination to trespass - with Mr. Crawford’s assistance - the Gothic Lattice pattern prettily constrain a knitter’s curves.

Worked in the round from the bottom up, the purl ground between left- and right-twists is the perfect place to tuck away decreases for some elegant waist shaping. The fit is close and elegant with the twist-stitch lines lengthening the wearer.

What you'll love about knitting Sotherton:
  • Worked in the round from the bottom up, so you can always see where you are in your work
  • Twisted stitches keep your interest but aren't hard to work
  • Shaping is worked in the purl ground between twisted ribs making it almost invisible, but your figure will be flattered all the same
  • Seamless construction means less finishing - weave together the underarms, sew in a few ends, and you're good to go

What you'll love about wearing Sotherton:
  • Close fit shows off your curves
  • Beautiful lattice pattern highlights your waist and is repeated on the cuffs
  • Waist shaping increases are all worked in the front to create more fabric for your bust - right where you need it
Size/Finished Measurements
Chest circumference: 27¾ [31¼, 34½, 38¼, 43¼] inches—shown in 34½" size with 4 inches negative ease


  • Madeline Tosh, Tosh DK (100% superwash Merino; 225 yds/ 110g): filigree, 4 [5, 5, 6, 7]
  • Size 6 (4 mm): 24-inch circular (cir) and set of five double-pointed needles (dpns)
  • Markers (m)
  • Stitch holders or waste yarn
  • Tapestry needle

22 sts and 29 rnds = 4 inches in Twisted 2 × 6 Ribbing

Skills needed
  • Casting on
  • Binding off
  • Knitting
  • Purling
  • Increasing
  • Decreasing
  • Working in the round
  • Working stitches out of order (cabling)
  • Working from charted instructions

Previously published in Jane Austen Knits, Summer 2012
Photography: Nicholas Dames

Everything you need to create your very own Sotherton has its place in this professionally formatted (by me!) pattern. Twisted stitches are provided in chart form only.

Lovely knitters who purchased this pattern when it was originally released should have received a message from Ravelry that the updated version is now in their libraries. Don't miss the special customer coupon code!

And don't forget that Sotherton is part of my Jane Austen Knits bundle. Use code jakbundle to purchase An Aran for Anne, An Aran for Frederick, and Sotherton for $15 ($21 value). Previous purchases from my Ravelry store will be credited towards the bundle price at checkout.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy knitting!

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