Portlandia Cloche by Emily Johnson

Portlandia Cloche

June 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches = 4 inches
in Lace motif
US 3 - 3.25 mm
175 - 200 yards (160 - 183 m)
Medium Women's
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This pattern is available from familytrunkproject.com for $3.00.

The Portlandia Cloche is designed for those intermediate seasons. Times when, despite the sunny weather, a wearer might feel a bit chilly in the evening, or want to spice up her look with a bit of vintage charm. Or times when, to take another example, a wearer has just returned from a Hawaiian vacation, and suddenly the sixty-degree weather in Portland just doesn’t seem as balmy as it did before she left. Not that this designer would know about such a feeling.

Featuring panels of seed stitch and a lace motif reminiscent of Art Nouveau, this design is a perfect showcase for semi-solid hand-dyed sock yarns, and would also look lovely in a solid color. The combination of fingering-weight wool with needles slightly larger than usual makes for a fabric that is light and stretchy, but still warm. The shaping is timeless, yet also evocative of the carefree, girlish silhouettes of the 1920s.

The pattern itself features photos of all design elements. It also includes charts and line-by-line instructions for all three patterned sections, and the lace motif is intuitive for even a relative beginner. Happy knitting!