Simonetta Sweater



Simonetta sweater is inspired by Simonetta Vespucci, the wife of Marco Vespucci, who was known for her beauty. She was the model of Sandro Botticelli e.g. in his Nascita di Venere and Primavera masterpieces. It’s also said that Simonetta had a passionate love relationship with Lorenzo de’ Medici’s brother, Giuliano. Simonetta died in early age, only 23, but her beauty lives in Botticelli’s art and all tourist shops here in Florence. And now also in this sweater that does honour to the new renaissance we live here in Florence right now.

The Simonetta sweater features beautiful puff sleeves. The sweater is inspired by renaissance style, and puff sleeves were a must in the fashion back then. In this sweater the sleeves are updated to 2020’s, but the design carries the feminine glamour from the past. I have also used a couple of tricks in the design. The body is slightly more narrow so that the sleeves don't make you look too wide from the top. So it's OK to have wide shoulders with these puff sleeves. I do, too. Also I added marks to the top sleeves so that folding the foldings symmetrically will be easy to do for you. After all, good design is known for the little details that you might not notice but they're there to make it better.

Pattern info:

XS/S / 71-88 cm / 350 g
M / 92-98 cm / 350 g
L / 102-108 cm / 400 g
XL / 112-118 cm / 400 g
XXL / 122-136 cm / 450 g

DK yarn of your choise. I used 7 balls of Nordic Yarn’s Eco Cashmere (50% Recycled Cashmere, 50% Virgin Cashmere; 150 m/ 164 yds per 50 g). I recommend this yarn. Sample shown is knited of Nordic Yarn DK Eco Cashmere, colourway Pallas. The sample is size L.

4 mm (US 6) needles or 80 cm circulare needle and double pointed needles or 40-60 cm circular needles. 4,5 mm (US 7) needles or 80 cm circular needles

22 sts x 34 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches in stockinette stitches with smaller needles

Darning needle
Tape measure
Waste yarn


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