Belle

Knitting
September 2012
yarn held together
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
16 stitches = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 9 - 5.5 mm
600 - 1500 yards (549 - 1372 m)
s - 3X
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Belle is a slouchy, sheer knit. She is actually a rectangle with waist and neck openings on opposite sides which causes the garment to bias when worn. This effect is deceptively easy to knit.

The sleeves and body are knitted as one on US 9 circular needles and finished off with a couple 3-needle bind-offs and ribbing.

Use Isager Strik Alpaca 1 with Isager Strik Viscolin, or habu linen with habu tsumugi cotton or Shibui Knits Linen.

Skills Needed
General knitting skills
PROVISIONAL CAST ON
3-needle BO
JENY’S STRETCHY BIND-OFF

Sizes
Small (medium, large, 1x, 2x, 3x)

Finished Measurements

Circumference: 56 (62, 68, 74, 80, 86)“ Note that this encompasses both bust and sleeves in a loose, slouchy fit.
Bust: 32–35 (36–39, 40–43, 44–47, 48–51, 52–56)”
Length at shortest point: 24 (26, 28, 30, 32, 34)“

Materials
Yarns
600 (750, 980, 1230, 1480, 1500) yds 549 (686, 896, 1125, 1353, 1372) m any DK weight yarn that gets gauge

Shown in:

blue/grey sample in medium size

Shibui Linen* 100% linen, 246 yds per 50g skein
3 (3, 4, 5, 6, 6) skeins Velvet

bright green sample in small size

Isager Viscolin 50% viscose, 50% cotton - 202 yds/185m per 50g skein

3 (4, 5, 6, 7, 7) skeins color 40

-- AND -- (1 strand of each yarn held together)

Isager Alpaca 1 100% Alpaca, 437yds / 400m per 50 g skein

2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4) skeins color 016

Shibui Linen has been discontinued and may be substituted with Shibui RAIN or REED

Needles

US 9 circ needles or size needed to obtain gauge; long circ (35” or longer) are easiest to accommodate all sts
US 7–8 circ for ribbing (optional)
Notions

2 st markers, one hanging/opening

Gauge
16 sts = 4” in St st; row gauge not important