Clair de Lune

Inspired by the fashions of the 1920's (yes, we've been watching Boardwalk Empire), this little number is basically a waterfall-front cardigan, but also works as a shrug ... relaxed and elegant over a chemise or equally awesome with a tank top and jeans.

It was knit from side to side in one piece, with a few short rows to add a little volume to the sleeves. The only seams are along the shoulders and a few stitches under the arms.

The stitch pattern is the classic Frost Flowers, but here it's been dissected - separated into its two parts, and then reunited at the other side, with a picot cast on and picot bind off (knitted cast on bind off method).

Wear it open or add optional crocheted trim and buttonholes with little strategically placed buttons.

Sizes: XS (S, M, ML, L, XL); recommended for chest sizes 28-31, 32-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-51, 52-57)" with cross-back measurements of 191/2 (211/2, 231/2, 251/2, 273/4, 303/4)". Sizing is determined mainly by neck and shoulder widths and armhole depth. The fit should be very loose. Sweater shown is size M worn over a 36" bust.

Yarn: Sunday Knits 3 ply (light sport weight) in Angelic (75% merino 25% angora), Nirvana (92% merino 8% cashmere), Eden (100% merino) or Brigadoon (100% merino tweed); 246 yd / 225 m per 13/4 oz / 50 g skein): 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6) skeins. Shown in Angelic wren.

Substitute any plump fingering or light sport weight yarn that works nicely to gauge.

Needles & Notions: Needles size 8 US / 5.0 mm straight or circular needles. Crochet hook size D / 3.25 mm for optional trim and buttonholes. Two 1/2" / 13 mm buttons (also optional).

Gauge: 15 stitches and 28 rows = 4" in pattern stitch. Stitch and row gauges are interdependent and both equally important. Adjust needle size if necessary.

Skills used: Increases, decreases, short rows (explained), knitted cast on for picot edges, lace knitting worked on both right side and wrong side of fabric.

Pattern includes: Written instructions, stitch patterns in both written and charted forms, schematics, glossary.

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