Little Peacock by Sarah Hoadley
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Little Peacock

Knitting
May 2009
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in St st and in fan pattern stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
540 - 864 yards (494 - 790 m)
31", 35", 39", 43", 47", 51" actual chest meas.
This pattern is available for free.

When I first saw this stitch pattern in the Harmony Guides - Knit and Purl, it immediately made me think of little lines of peacocks. I thought what an unusual and dainty pattern for a little cardigan. I loved how the pattern stitch formed little eyelets; a little bit lacy but still very refined. I picked a mercerized cotton with a little sheen to add to the refined look. The yarn also has great stitch definition that helps to show off the pattern. It doesn’t hurt that Cotton Classic is relatively affordable and also comes in loads of great colors. The sweater is a fifties inspired cropped cardigan with short sleeves; a great layering piece which is perfect for wearing over a fitted sundress or with a tank and shorts. Make it with the buttonhole and showcase a special button, or make it without and use a vintage brooch for closure to add to the 50’s style. With its cropped length and short sleeves, you can be done before the solstice.