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Summer Pelisse

Knitting
May 2012
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
3.5 mm (E)
472 - 708 yards (432 - 647 m)
3 month, 6 month, 12 month, 2T, 3T
Errata available: knittingdaily.com

The romantic effect of layering garments during the Regency era continues to be fashionable and practical today. The pelisse’s form, halfway between a coat and a dress, inspired me to create this fanciful cardigan for my daughter to wear over a summer dress. Generous in length and width, the body of the pelisse is knit in a beautiful yet easy to learn lace stitch pattern. The garment is open in the front up to the empire waistline closure which allows a layer worn beneath to be revealed. The design is accentuated by sweet ties where the puffed sleeve caps and waistline are gathered. I trust Ms. Austen would have found this garment to be quite appropriate for a child’s garden tea party among a few dolls and a favorite teddy bear.