I adore lace shawls. They seem to evoke an era when life was slower. (Couldn't we all use a bit of that right now). When friends would gather for afternoon tea in a shady garden or dress up to hear a concert in the park.
Honestly, I long to wear a shawl dripping with delicate lace and not feel out of place. Perhaps, someday, I will be able to do that. Meanwhile, I have designed a cardigan with a deep lace collar and flowing sleeves to mimic the drape and feel of a fine lace shawl.
The lace collar and sleeves reminded me of one of my favorite summer flowers -- Queen Anne's Lace. So, in honor of that noble flower, I named this sweater, "Queen Anne's Cardigan."
And on another note -- I am offering this pattern to you free of charge. Times are tough right now and everyone's budget is a little stretched so hopefully it helps to have a free pattern.
But the one thing that I would ask is -- please purchase yarn for this sweater from your local yarn shop rather than the internet. Our wonderful local yarn shops could all do with a bit of a boost right now. So download the pattern and hit your local yarn store.