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Jane Austen Spencer

April 2013
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
805 - 1265 yards (736 - 1157 m)
About 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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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