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Who's that glamorous outlaw with the great fashion sense? Belle Star, baby.

True to her namesake, Belle has western-style glamour, just without those hazardous gunfights.

Belle began her life as part of the now-rampant poncho craze, but true to her cowgirl roots she's galloped right off the beaten path and into new fashion territory.

Belle looks fab over jeans or longer skirts, or wear it thrown over your shoulders as a mini-poncho. Let me hear a yee-ha!

model: Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark photos: Chris Clark

SIZE
SM [ML, XL]
 
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Top Edge (Upper Hip): 32 [35, 38] inches
Hem: 62 [68, 72] inches
Length: Approx. 12 inches for all sizes

 

MATERIALS

Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere [85% cotton, 15% cashmere; 105 yd/ 95m per 50g skein]; color: 15019; 5[5,6] skeins
For yarn substitution, use approx. 525[525,630] yds/ 472[472, 567] m of DK-weight yarn.

1 set US # 6/4 mm straight needles
1 size G/4 mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle

 

GAUGE

14 sts/24 rows = 4" in eyelet lace stitch

 
STITCH PATTERNS

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations can be found here]

dYO
Double yarn over- Wrap yarn around needle twice where indicated. On purl-side rows, drop first YO loop, and purl the second normally. This stitch pattern creates a larger lace eyelet.

Eyelet lace pattern
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2
Row 3: Purl
Row 4:K2, ssk, [dYO, k2tog] to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2

 
DIRECTIONS

Back
CO 108[120,126].
Starting with a RS row, work 4 rows in St st.
Set-up row: K3, [dYo, K2tog] to last 3 sts, k3.

Repeat rows 1-4 of Eyelet lace pattern until piece measures 12 inches from CO edge, or desired length.
Work 4 rows in St st, then BO all sts.

Front
Work as for back.

 
FINISHING

Sew front and back together along decrease edges. Weave in ends and block if desired. For the fringe, cut 324[360, 378] 8-inch strands of yarn. Use crochet hook to attach 3 strands at each eyelet along the hem, and two at the base of each seam.

Optional
Work 1 row of single crochet along the top edge.

Crochet a 48-54" chain to use as drawstring, threading the tie through the top row of eyelets. Tie at side or front.

ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark is living in the land of kudzu with her husband and a small menagerie of pets.

When she's not obsessing about cowgirls, she runs her yarn shop,
Knit Nouveau
.