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Jane Austen Spencer

Knitting
April 2013
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in lace pattern on larger needle
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
805 - 1265 yards (736 - 1157 m)
32 (36, 38, 41, 44, 46.5)" (81.5 [91.5, 96.5, 104, 112, 118] cm) bust circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 36" (91.5 cm).
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Interweave SKU: EP10397

This pattern is also available in the book Light & Layered Knits

Interweave SKU: EP10397

Finished Size: About 32 (36, 38, 41, 44, 46.5)” (81.5 [91.5, 96.5, 104, 112, 118] cm) bust circumference, buttoned.

Yarn: DK Weight, DK cotton, linen, hemp, or cotton blend yarn that knits up to gauge.

Yarn Weight: #3 - Light

Needles: Body and sleeves: size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular (cir). Edging: two size U.S. 6 (4 mm): 24” (60 cm) cir.

Notions: Two open-ring markers (m); waste yarn for holding sts; tapestry needle; five ?” (1.5 cm) buttons.

Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rows = 4” (10 cm) in lace patt on larger needle. Note: To check gauge, CO 25 sts and work complete 24-row repeat; piece should measure 5” (12.5 cm) wide and 4” (10 cm) tall.

Originally Published: Light & Layered Knits

The Spencer, adapted for women’s wear from a gentleman’s riding jacket, debuted around 1800. Seemingly overnight, the close-fitting, waistlength, narrow-sleeved little jacket became a Regency fashion staple for women’s outdoor wear. This lacy version combines the appealing proportions of a short length with a deep U-neckline for a graceful frame. The chevron lace pattern reveals colors from the layer underneath to create a soft watercolor effect. Pair it with a couple of layers of colored camisoles peeking out above and below, and accessorize with your favorite style of necklace: bold, delicate, or eclectic.