Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Geisha Sweater and Pattern
For a change i will start with the picture, taken in the garden and mildly artistic? Anyway i bought some Rowan chunky print cheap at a show and decided instead of trying to find a pattern to fit i would design my own. I called it Geisha because i think the sleeves look kinda like the dresses that they wear. Sure i should say more but i forget so heres the pattern:
probably somewhere in the region of a UK size 16-18 will fit up to a 22, I'm a 14-16 and its quite baggy on me, can easily be adjusted to be smaller just cast on less stitches
9 balls Rowan Chunky Print in Girly Pink
9mm Straight needles
7mm 24" circular needle
Back and Front are worked the same
Using 9mm needles cast on 70 stitches work 5 rows (1.4inches) in moss stitch, change to Stocking Stitch and work 2 rows even.
decrease 1 stitch at the beginning and end of the next row then every following 15 rows twice til 64 stitches remain. Work even for 14 rows (4 inches) to a total length of 14.5inches
Shape Armhole: cast off 2 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows, 60 stitches remaining. Work 22 rows (6.3 inches) even.
Neck shaping: work both sides of neck at same time, work 18 stitches then join a second ball of yarn and cast off 24 stitches work remaining 18 stitches. Decrease 1 stitch at both neck edges every row for 7 rows til 11 stitches remain each side.
Work 3 rows even arm hole measures 9.1inches. Put both sets of live stitches onto stitch holder.
Sleeves, 2 of
Using 9mm needles cast on 55 stitches, work 5 rows (1.4inches) of moss stitch. Change to stocking stitch work 6 rows even, next row decrease 1 stitch at begining and end of row.Decrease 1 stitch at each end of every 8th row 7 times to 39 stitches. Work 7 rows even until sleeve measures 20.7inches
Shape cap, cast of 2 stitches at the beginning of next 2 rows, 35 stitches remaining. Then work 24 rows decreasing 1 stitch at each end of every second row, 11 stitches remain, cast off loosely.
Graft back and front shoulders using kitchener stitch (see here for how to)
Sew sleeve top into armhole
Sew side and arm seams
weave in ends
Using the 7mm circular needle pick up stitches around neckhole, picking up every stitch along sides and every 2nd stitch along flat front and back edges. Work 4 rows in moss stitch, cast off in moss stitch, weave in ends.