Soutache Spencer Knitting Pattern Download
A story, perhaps apocryphal, has it that George Spencer, second Earl Spencer (Princess Diana’s great-great-great grandfather) became so bemused by the outlandish fashion of the early nineteenth century thaThe claimed thaThe could cut the tails off his jacket and it would become the new fad. He did, and it did. Adopted by British military officers as formal evening wear (mess dress), the spencer is also known as a “mess jacket.”
The lines of the spencer worked beautifully with the high-waisted, columnar fashions that evolved from the round gown of the late eighteenth century. As thinner, more casual dress moved from French private salons to English society at large, the spencer provided a sense of tailoring to the lightweight muslin gowns that seemed, to British sensibilities, perhaps a bit too intimate for street wear.
This semi-fitted short spencer jacket features a trellis cable pattern that forms the perfect background for a very easy chain embroidery and French-knot decoration.
Finished Size: 30½ (33½, 36, 39, 41½, 44½, 50)" bust circumference. Spencer shown measures 33½".
Yarn: Hazel Knits DK Lively (90% superwash Merino, 10% nylon; 275 yd [251 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): wheatberry (MC), 5 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins; woodland (CC1), 1 skein; chocoberry (CC2), 1 skein.
Needles: Size 7 (4.5 mm): straight, 16" circular (cir), and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 6 (4 mm): straight and set of dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Markers (m); stitch holders; cable needle (cn); tapestry needle; size G/6 (4 mm) crochet hook; ten ½" (1.3 cm) buttons.
Gauge: 20 sts and 30 rows = 4" in St st on larger needles; 23 sts and 30 rows = 4" in trellis patt on larger needles.
Originally Published: Jane Austen Knits Fall 2012