Middlemarch by Miranda Davies
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June 2012
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 13 - 9.0 mm
660 - 1980 yards (604 - 1811 m)
XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X
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This simple but striking little cardigan echoes the fashion of the mid-Victorian lady, with its short, slightly puffed sleeve, nipped-in waist and column of little buttons.

Named for George Eliotโ€™s great Victorian novel, this sweater marries Rosamondโ€™s longing for novelty and fashion with Dorotheaโ€™s practical and egalitarian edge. Structural and feminine, it features an avant garde approach to lace.

The waist detail uses my โ€˜unventionโ€™ of integrated lace: here fingering-weight yarn is knitted into lace and cables and anchored seamlessly into the fabric of a worsted-weight layer beneath.

This quick knit is entirely seam free and the short sleeves and scoop neck are designed to show off a long-sleeved shirt beneath - perfect for layering on cool fall days.

Itโ€™s an easily adaptable knit. Keep working the rib on the sleeves to end up with a cosier cardigan for winter. Knit the lace and cable waist detail in sport or DK to achieve a different look. Take the opportunity to play with color.