This cardigan is based on a classic 1950s shape of a hip length figure hugging silhouette but allowing the fabric of the garment to do the work and create the shape. The design is named after the glamorous Frances Stevens played by Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief. Partnering Cary Grant in this stylish Hitchcock film and playing a very dangerous game, Frances really could have done with a cardigan like this!
It is knitted in Excelana 4ply luxury wool in a Lattice Stitch pattern designed to be worn with negative ease allowing the garment to stretch over the wearer. Excelana has excellent stretch and great stitch definition, so is perfect for this project. Added finishing details of hems and facings in a contrast colour provide those little added touches so synonymous with the glamour of the 1950s.
The pattern includes both written and charted instructions and is available in eight sizes:
To fit bust sizes
28-30, 32, 34, 36-38, 40-42, 42-44, 46, 48-50 inches
7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) balls Excelana 4ply in Nile Green
1 ball Excelana 4ply in French Rose
(159m/174yd per 50g ball)
1 pair 3.75mm (US #5) needles
1 pair 2.75mm (US #2) needles