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Knitted Lace Cardigan


Just after Christmas, after months of making things for other people, I had the urge to knit something for myself.

I love Artesano (and was gutted to find out recently that they have gone into receivership – another independant yarn shop gone) and I found this lace cardigan pattern on their website, for free, no less. Here’s the link – download it while you can as I assume the website will be offline soon: – free lace cardigan pattern


The suggested yarn was their Alpaca Silk Lace, so I went ahead and treated myself to four skeins of ‘French Rose’.


The lace pattern is a simple repeating pattern and, although I lost concentration and made a few mistakes, the pattern is quite loose so they don’t show at all.


Fast forward to May and the goal was to take it to Spain as a light cover up in the evenings. Well, the knitting was finished in time….but not stitched together, so I took all four panels with me with the intention of finishing it on the first day or two of our holiday.

I blocked it.


I even sewed it together.


Then it came back to England with me and I forgot all about it until the other day.

Re-discovered underneath several WIPs in my lovely sewing cabinet, I dragged it out and sat down, determined to make the flowers there and then.

Look, matching nails and dress, too:)


Half an hour later, the flowers were completed and all that was left to do was the chain cord that would act as a buttonhole, joining the two flowers.making-cord-chainknitted-chain-cord



It’s quite special as cardigans go, so I thought I’d glam it up with a pair of designer mules for the photos.


I love the scalloped edge at the bottom.


It’s so easy to wear and not at all restrictive.



The pattern calls for twelve knitted roses dotted about on various seams, but I left it at two, on the front opening edge.



I slapped on a matching lippy and met hubby for a drink at lunchtime and he loved it. Or was it the heels…….?



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36 thoughts on “Knitted Lace Cardigan

  1. Love, love, love it! Gorgeous colour. I’ve said before, I used to wear that colour a lot and don’t any more, but am so envious each time I see you in it. Must make a goal to knit something in it. Looks like an old shale lace pattern? Well done you. It’s a shame the sewing up stopped you getting it finished before your hols – but I totally identify with that sewing in ends/sewing together challenge. And do send it over here if you get bored with it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Thanks Bekki, I’m rarely pleased with anything I knit for myself, so I’m chuffed to bits that I love this one. Hope to see you knitting yourself something pink very soon. Why do we procrastinate about the finishing off to such a degree? It’s never as bad as we think it’s going to be.

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  2. OH MY !!!!! what a GORGEOUS cardi, it suits you like a match made in heaven …and of course that what is caught Hubby’s attention …the heels a close 2nd no doubt ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Love the cardigan AND the shoes! Go PINK!

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  4. This is such a beautiful cardigan! It looks really great with your white ensemble and the heels are just perfect. I envy your ability to knit and finish a project – I have 4 knitting projects that have been wips for a long time.

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  5. Very glam indeed! What a gorgeous colour on you and so lucky you had all those matching accessories, right down to the nail polish and lippy. I would be a bit worried about catching the lacy bits with jewellery or, as often happens to me, on door handles (or dog claws) but being a bit more careful is a small price to pay for such a glamorous look. You easily match the original model for showing off the design.

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    • Aw, thanks so much! I think this is the type of design that suits all figure types, from the tall, slim model down to short, chunky me. I have worn it all afternoon; in the pub at lunchtime, school run and through two sewing classes and must admit to catching it a few times already. Maybe I’ll save it for those quiet days. Wait a minute – I don’t have any of those!

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  6. You look amazing in it. Such a simple but pretty design. ๐Ÿ’•

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  7. You go girl your shawl is stunning and you are rockin it! Love the color on you. You could have even stood a darker lip but I suppose that is for night. ๐Ÿ˜€ I am going to try to learn to knit but I definitely won’t be making anything that dainty anytime soon.

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    • Thanks Robin, it was a long project and definitely not for a beginner – start with something much simpler! I’m not wearing lipstick in any of the photos, but the one I wore at lunchtime was a s vivid as the cardigan:)


  8. What a posh cardi, it’s a shardi – a cross between a shawl and a cardi! You really suit the sexy pink, but I’m thinking you were right about the hubby admiring the heals and your legs rather than your handy work. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. The colour and design are brilliant and suits you so well, looks to be an very relaxed and elegant cardiy either to dress up or down ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. You look beautiful in that Cardi! It’s so important to make something for yourself every once in a while, too! Loved these pics!

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  11. I love it. Such a dainty pattern and elegant wear. The roses are super, I think they give it the perfect finishing touch. Great shoes, to match and all. Wow, really stunning.

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  12. Beautiful cardigan lovely colour you look great

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  13. It’s stunning! I love that colour on you. Glad you got it finished.

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  14. Wow – that’s stunning and the colour looks great on you!

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  15. It’s a beautiful piece and it looks smashing with your white pants and brightly colored mules. I’m glad you took some time to make something for yourself.


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