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This swingy, open-front cardigan pairs the simplicity of stockinette and garter stitch with a touch of graceful lace. It’s worked flat in one piece from the top and the raglan sleeves are worked top-down in the round. It can be worn open or fastened with a shawl pin or clasp. Or, sew on a few buttons and use the yarn overs as buttonholes.
Briscoe is designed to be worn with about 3 inches of positive ease, with the fronts slightly overlapped.
A light blocking will relax and open up the front band lace.
Stitch patterns are provided in both written form and a chart.
Level of difficulty: Advanced beginner/Intermediate. Experience with working lace, and working in the round on dpns (for the sleeves) is helpful.
Sizes: Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X)
Finished (Blocked) Measurements:
Bust circumference: 31 (35, 38.5, 42.5, 46, 50, 54) inches/79 (89, 98, 108, 117, 127, 137) cm with fronts overlapping approximately 1 inch/2.5 cm
Hip circumference: 33.25 (37.25, 40.75, 44.75, 48.25, 52.25, 56.25) inches/84 (95, 104, 114, 123, 133, 143) cm
1,150 (1,250, 1,350 1,450, 1,600, 1,750, 1,900) yards/1,050 (1,150, 1,250, 1,325, 1,475, 1,600, 1,750) m sportweight wool
Needles: US5/3.75mm and US4/3.50mm
Gauge: 21 sts/32 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch after blocking
Blog post about blocking Briscoe
Briscoe is named after Lily Briscoe, the painter in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. Blog post here.