It uses one of my favourite 19th century lace patterns - Pear and Trellis, which has incredible texture as well as being lacy and really seems to pop out of the fabric. It is also a surprisingly simple pattern to knit. The garment is knit in one piece, with the sleeves joined to the main body at the armholes with the work then continued in one piece. The soft low neckline and three quarter sleeves makes it ideal for spring/summer wear and is extremely flattering for fuller busts.
The raglan shaping on the upper arms provide a neat fully fashioned detail. The Pear and Trellis pattern continues up the front edges of the cardigan providing a perfectly finished edging without the need for any additional finishing.
One of my favourite details about Darent is the single pattern repeat on the sleeve edge. It just seems to bring everything together.
The design in some ways is a bit of a different look for me - with a bit of a contemporary style about it - but at the same time its got a very vintage feel to it. Worn with a flowery Laura Ashley dress and a floppy straw hat it could really bring a hint of an 'Edwardian Lady' into a summer wardrobe.
As it knits up very quickly I'm really hoping that I'll get the chance to knit one for myself this summer!
(All images by Amanda France, Copyright @Fyberspates 2013)