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Jane Austen Knits 2013

Beaded Spencer 1

The thin, gauzy dresses of the Regency era had an ethereal quality that stood no chance against a chill wind. Enter the ubiquitous spencer, a short military-inspired jacket that followed the lines of the dress beneath and hugged the body, addressing both form and function.

It seemed to me that a modern twist on form and function would be a little cover-up, such as this crossover front pullover sweater that could be thrown on over a dress on a cool summer night.

Intended to be worn with negative ease, it hugs the body and ends at the waist. The beaded shoulders are a nod to the epaulettes of the military spencer, and the easy-to-remember beaded diamond pattern takes the project from ordinary to extraordinary.

This sweater is worked seamlessly from the top down with set-in sleeves that use an intriguing and novel technique called the contiguous sleeve method, developed by Susie Myers.

 

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All Aflutter Cowl from the new Willow Yarns Fall catalogue.