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This top-down, draped-front lace cardigan promises to be one of your most versatile pieces. The front sections are knit in a lovely wavy lace design that echoes the fall of the fabric when left open. OR, with the use of a shawl pin closure, wear the front to suit your mood and the temperature.
Drape it, gather it, let it hang askew . . .and fasten it just so with the shawl pin (shown here is the Bird Shawl Pin, an exclusive design from www.DesignsbyRomi.com).
The sleeves are gently belled and feature a single panel of the delicate lace to complement the draped front. Shaping at the waist keeps it looking feminine and shapely.
Ribbed edgings at the bottom edge and sleeve edges contrast with the unfinished edgings at the neckline and front. The mix of textures keeps this cardigan interesting and truly unique.
Here is a blog post about this cardigan showing the many ways to wear it, as well as comments from knitters!
For the OPTIONAL Top-Down Cardigan Techniques PDF Download, please visit this page. Written instructions are included in this pattern, but the OPTIONAL download may be helpful to some.
Finished Knit Measurements: 34 ¼ (37 ¾, 42 ¼, 45 ¾, 50 ¼, 53 ¾)" [87 (96, 107.5, 116, 127.5, 136.5) cm] based on 2 times the BACK width.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Because FRONTS can be worn open or overlapping, the actual Bust measurement depends on how the cardigan is worn. Choose your size based on how wide you wish it to be across your BACK at the Bust.
TO FIT SIZES: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X) or Bust Sizes 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50)" [71-76 (81.5-86.5, 91.5-96.5, 101.5-106.5, 112-117, 122-127) cm]
Yarn Used: Knit Picks Swish DK (100% Superwash Merino Wool); 1.75 oz/50 g [123 yds/112 m] per skein): 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 10) skeins in #24306 Pampas Heather.
Pattern Gauge: Approx 19 sts and 25 rows = 4" [10 cm] in Wavy Lace St; 18 sts = 4" [10 cm] and 25 rows = 4" [10 cm] in St st.
Yarn Label Gauge and Information: A dk weight yarn with a gauge of approx 5.5 sts = 1" on 5 needles [3.75mm]..
Total Yardage Required: 984 (984, 1107, 1107, 1230, 1230) yds [896 (896, 1008, 1008, 1120, 1120) m].
Some suggested yarn substitutes to try:
If you have a yarn substitute to suggest for this project, email us!
Knitting Needles Used: 1 - 32" or longer circular needle in size 9 [5.5 mm] OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE (there are too many sts to comfortably knit on straight needles)
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