Horseshoes Cardigan

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This scoop-necked cardigan is knit in luxurious silk, making it soft, slinky and evening appropriate. I designed this to be thrown over a nice dress at the inevitable Christmas parties, or to provide a bit of warmth over a sparkly tank or camisole. However, the design itself is casual enough to take you from holiday parties indoors to summer picnics outdoors.

The lace is a horseshoe lace pattern and easily memorized and executed, so the knitting is quick. The wide ribbed border provides waist shaping, so be careful not to block the springiness out of the ribbing. The armhole, scoop neck and back neck shaping is done with short rows instead of stair-step bind offs. You may use the stair-step bind offs on the armhole edge if you wish, but using short rows for the scoop neck and back neck shaping is recommended, because it results in a smooth edge without the need for any additional finishing. It may look long and complicated when written out, but you’ll get the hang of it easily.

This cardigan is designed to hit just below the waist. If you want a longer cardigan, knit a few extra rows of ribbing before starting the lace pattern, or put in an extra repeat of the lace before starting armhole shaping.

Sizes

Finished bust measurement: 36 (37.5, 39.5, 41, 44.5)" [91.5 (95, 100.5, 104, 113) cm

Yarn

5 (6, 6, 7, 8) skeins Debbie Bliss Pure Silk (100% silk; 136 yds [125 m] per 50 g), color #01 black

Needles/Notions

US 2 [2.5 mm] needles, circulars or straights

stitch holders or waste yarn
tapestry needle
spare knitting needle for 3-needle bind off
stitch markers
9 small buttons

Gauge

24 sts and 32 rows = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette
1 horizontal repeat of lace, blocked = 1.75" [4.4 cm] wide
1 vertical repeat of lace, blocked = 1.15" [2.9 cm] tall

Gauge in stockinette is given to help in yarn substitution only--please swatch in lace pattern!


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