Clairette is a long breezy cardigan with graceful geometry. Uses DK weight yarn.
Diagonal lines of lace lean away from each other starting at the center front, complementing your silhouette, and meet neatly in a triangular intersection at the center back. The lightness of the diagonal lace and the clustered decreases at the waist lend Clairette a gentle flutter around the edges. Let it hang open and straight down to play up its drape and flutter. Or, style it with a wide belt to emphasize the geometry of the diagonal lines.
Worked from the bottom up, Clairette is entirely seamless, and the lace is visually intuitive.
Update October 2012: Thank you elizabethgm and kinara for your helpful comments on handling those pesky diagonals in the round.
Skill Level intermediate
Bust 34 (38¼, 42¾, 47, 49¼, 53¾)”
Length 28 (29, 29½, 30¼, 30¾, 31½)”
Intended to be worn with about 1-3” positive ease. Shown in size 38¼” worn on 36” bust
1152 (1344, 1536, 1728, 1728, 1920) yds DK weight yarn
6 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool
45% Wool, 35% Silk, 20% Nylon 192 yds/50 g per ball
Shown in 09 Verdigris (When choosing your yarn, look for something with a little drape)
Gauge 22 sts and 32 rows = 4” in Stockinette Stitch, blocked
Circular needles long enough to accommodate large number of stitches (about 24-32”), and one set dpn’s in: US 6/4.0 mm (or size needed for gauge):
8 stitch markers, stitch holders or scrap yarn for holding stitches, spare circular needle, blunt yarn needle, safety pin
Thank you to need2knit for sample knitting!