Note: Pattern includes discount code for the gorgeous recommended yarn, plus four tutorials.
Peacock-inspired beaded lace is the focal point of this dramatic sleeved wrap, worked as a rectangle end to end with sleeves added afterward. Wear it as a generous waterfall cardigan, or throw the long end over your shoulder (with or without a shawl pin) to display the lace to full effect.
The main body and sleeves are worked in reverse stocking stitch, showing off the beauty of a lustrous hand-dyed yarn, with columns of eyelets to define the long edges and dramatic, deep lace borders.
Sizing note: This garment is highly adjustable. The four sizes listed correspond roughly to bust measurements of 90 (100, 110, 120) cm / 36 (40, 44, 48) in – HOWEVER the construction method means the front lengths and cross-back width can easily be adapted as you go to fit your exact proportions.
The upper arm circumference ranges from 33.5 cm / 13.25 in to 44.5 cm / 17.5 in.
I modelled size L; I usually wear a UK size 16 (European size 44, US size 12).
Difficulty rating: advanced
Skills used: provisional cast-on (tutorial included), afterthought sleeves (full instructions provided), working small circumferences in the round, yarn-over short rows, knitted lace from chart, adding beads (optional, tutorials included), lace cast-off (tutorial included).
Lace instructions are charted as well as written.
Starting with a provisional cast-on, you work up the left front, shaping the armscye with short rows and using waste yarn to mark the sleeve placement, then work straight across the back and down the long right front, finally returning to your provisional cast-on to add the lace border to the left front. Stitches are then picked up for the sleeves, with short-row shaping of sleeve caps.
For perfect custom sizing, work a longer or shorter portion between the armholes (use your exact shoulder-to-shoulder measurement. You can also easily adjust the length of each front, either by working a shorter/longer stocking stitch portion or with more or fewer repeats of the lace pattern.
Beads (around 1,500 size 8 seed beads) are placed on the stitch as you go, using a crochet hook or sewing needle. Tutorials are provided.
Thanks to my great tech editor Kate Atherley and all my helpful testers!