Victorian Décolletage by Attic 166

Victorian Décolletage

Knitting
November 2020
Lockwood Fibres Kid Silk Lace
yarn held together
Lace
+ Lace
+ Sport
= Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette, both flat and in the round, blocked
US 8 - 5.0 mm
110 - 335 yards (101 - 306 m)
One Size
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Décolletage is the neck and chest area of a lady, revealed by the low neckline of her dress (her cleavage if you will). In early Victorian times, it was proper to keep this covered up and wear dresses with high, floofy necklines. This cowl will help bring those days back, but only to fight off the cold of course. Knit top down, the back half of the stitches will be cast off while continually decreasing on the front half to create the triangle shape that will fit perfectly into your coat. An applied i-cord is knit around the bottom edging to give it a clean finish, as us ladies must be of the highest presentation at all times. It will be the perfect cowl to keep your dearest décolletage warm.

Finished Measurements
When laid flat, about 10”/25 cm wide by 13”/33 cm long (from top to tip of triangle), blocked
Circumference is about 20’/51 cm

Yarn & Yardage
Sample 1: Knit with 2 strands of lace weight yarn and 1 strand of sport weight yarn

  • 240 yds/220 m of total lace weight yarn (split up into 2 balls). I used 1 skein of Lockwood Fibres Kid Silk Lace in colorway Mauvellous
  • 95 yd/87 m of sport weight yarn. I used 1 skein of Yarn Vibes Vale in colorway Flint

Sample 2: Knit with 1 strand of worsted weight yarn

  • 110 yds/100 m of worsted weight yarn. I used 1 skein of Chain Twenty Suave Worsted in color El Pajar (166 m/181 yds/100g)

Suggested Needles
U.S. 8 (5 mm) circular needles
U.S. 8 (5 mm) DPNs

Gauge
Stockinette, both in the round and flat, blocked: 18 sts by 24 rows = 4”/10 cm

Must know how to:
C8F - Cable 8 front (sl 4 sts to cn, hold to front, k4, k4 from cn)
Knit
K2tog
Purl
P/u sts
Sl
Ssk
ktbl

Video Tutorials
Applied I-cord Edging: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4tr1wcU1U4
Seaming Ends of an I-cord (9:05): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvUaZajjGnc&t=104s