Feel like fall yet for you? Not quite fall-like here... high eighties with a hot hot breeze. Not really sweater weather either... but I just had to scratch this itch I have had lately for lace. Lace is just so pretty. I love lace in an old-lady-crocheting-doilies-in-her-recliner-with-a-lace-shawl-over-her-shoulders kind of way... not so much the hot-child-in-the-city kind of way. If you catch my drift. So here is my ode to my fellow old lady lace loving sisters...



Looks very Anthro-ish right? I think so...

Tips & Pointers: Ok, basic run through. You will need quite a bit of lace. I picked up three spools of lace from Hobby Lobby which worked out to approximately 2 yards. They were on sale and were $2 each spool. I had the edging lace left over from a previous project, you will need 1.5 yards of that to trim out the cardigan.
   I started near the bottom and measured from seam to seam, trimmed the lace to fit and ran a running stitch along the top and down the sides of the lace. Repeat those steps for the next layer and overlap just a touch. I hand stitched one side and then switched over to the machine for the other side. Moves a lot quicker if you break out the machine. I followed the seams with the lace and trimmed it to fit around the armpit and neckline. It doesn't have to be perfect because it will get covered with the lace edging, just needs to be secure. One recommendation is to use lace that is thin and flexible. The lace I used was pretty stiff and that made the cardigan a little boxy. I think that a thinner lace would have given the sweater a softer look/feel. But overall I am pleased with the results.
   Romantic and perfect for fall... now if only the weather would cooperate and get a little brisk so I could wear this bad boy with out breaking a sweat. Yeah. Only in San Diego do we ask for inclimate weather ;)

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