This light, airy cardigan has a fluttering draped front that is both feminine and elegant. Wear it open with the collar flipped up, or fold the collar down and close the front with a sweater pin. The modular construction shows off the beautiful ombre effect of the surprisingly light and airy Austermann Murano Lace yarn. The cardigan is knitted in every which direction with minimal seams (just at the shoulders), making this a very entertaining project.
Austermann Murano Lace
US 9 - 5.5 mm
15 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
About 31 (35¼, 38½, 43¾, 48)" (79 [89.5, 98, 111, 122] cm) bust circumference. Cardigan shown measures 35¼" (89.5 cm)
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Is the gauge correct at 3.75 stitches per inch? The pattern says it is a lace weight. I bought a DK yarn to make this sweater and now it seems too fine.
This yarn is a little tricky to substitute. The Austermann Murano Lace yarn has some similar properties to angora yarn because it has a thin core and a fuzzy halo that fills out the fabric beautifully when worked at a looser gauge. The yarn label actually lists it as a worsted even though it says "Lace" in the name. If you held a ball of this in your hand, you might even guess that it's a sport weight or lighter. I had reservations about calling this yarn worsted in the pattern, because a classic worsted yarn would give an entirely different look to this light airy garment. I would think that sport weight would work best, and DK would look good too if your yarn isn't as light and fuzzy as the yarn I used for the sample.
If you can get gauge with your DK yarn, I think it will work just fine. Just be sure that you like the look of your gauge swatch. Some yarns look kind of ugly knitted at a looser gauge than intended, but some look just fine.