Vintage Style Knitted Lace Cardigan -

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I fell in love with this style when I paged through the Fall 2014 issue of Vogue Knitting Magazine and stopped on page 44. I’m kind of a sucker for a well styled layout and this was no exception (you can see a bit of the magazine in a photo below). What I really thought, however, was that this sweater would be a great accompaniment to my several Colette Parfait Parfait Dresses (Pattern Review coming soon). And pictured here in this post, it pairs perfectly with this dress.

And after about 3 or 4 months of knitting, this sweater is finished. Well worth all the hard work and finishing to bring it to completion.

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The lace pattern was not so easy to memorize, but I almost got there by the time I got to the sleeves. Ha! It was really fun to knit and much less concentration than the lace beret from a few posts back. This one, I’ll definitely be keeping! Will I make it again? Not sure, but it would be totally worth it in the right color.

 Here is the back finished.  I was able to knit it using not quite a whole skein, so that meant that I only had two ends to weave in.

Here is the back finished. I was able to knit it using not quite a whole skein, so that meant that I only had two ends to weave in.

 I knit both sleeves at the same time.  This method helps keep the sleeves the same length and the pattern the same right to left.

I knit both sleeves at the same time. This method helps keep the sleeves the same length and the pattern the same right to left.

 With all cardigans, I sew a length of grosgrain ribbon to the back side of the button panel and buttonhole panels.  I make buttonholes on the ribbon before sewing it to the buttonhole side. This keeps it from staying or getting stretched out and wonky on the front edge.

With all cardigans, I sew a length of grosgrain ribbon to the back side of the button panel and buttonhole panels. I make buttonholes on the ribbon before sewing it to the buttonhole side. This keeps it from staying or getting stretched out and wonky on the front edge.

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One of my favorite details with this sweater are the little knitted leaves at the front neck. I think it looks just as good in the matching yarn as it does in the contrast yarn used in the magazine.

Until next time, Happy Knitting & Sewing,

Jennifer