Caesia by Georgie Nicolson
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Caesia

Knitting
September 2010
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
4.0 mm (G)
300 - 1120 yards (274 - 1024 m)
newborn, 3 mth, 6 mth, 9 mth, 12 mth, 18 mth, 2 yrs, 3 yrs, 4 yrs, 5 yrs, 6 yrs, 7 yrs, 8 yrs, 10 yrs and 12 yrs. (chest sizes 15 - 30 inch)
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Caesia is an easy to knit and simple to wear garment inspired by outdoor play and Australian flora. Caesia can be knit as either a dress or tunic and features a gathered circular yoke and touches of gathering on generous pockets perfect for stuffing with treasures and wildflowers.

The Eucalyptus Caesia, also known as the Silver Princess, produces one of the prettiest and show eucalyptus flowers to be found. In Australia, it heralds in the winter months.

Construction:
This delightful dress is knit from the top down beginning with a flat back-buttoning yoke featuring three buttons. Once the yoke is joined, the rest of the dress is knit seamlessly with the armbands also knit in the round. The patch pockets are picked up from the body of the garment and sewn into place, once knit.

The pattern provides detailed instructions for working all the yoke increases. No increases to work out like in other circular yoke patterns, just simply knit away!

Sizing:
Finished chest measurement:
15-21: 16/40.5 (17/43, 18/45.5, 19/48) [20/51, 21/53.5, 22/56]
22-30: 23/58.5 (24/61, 25/63.5, 26/66) [27/68.5, 28/71, 29/73.5, 31/78.5]

This is a classic fitting garment with approximately 2½ to 3”/6.5 to 7.5 sms of positive ease graduated across the size range.

Sample shown in the 21” (green) and 22” (purple) size knit to 5 year old length on a five year old with a 21” chest.

Skill Level:
Easy

Techniques used:
Knit and purl
Increasing, decreasing
Long-tail cast-on
Decreasing Cast off/EZ Sewn Bind Off (optional)
Working in the round on circular needles
Working small circumferences in the round
Basic patch stitching

Yardage:
Tunic:
15 -21: 300/275 (350/320, 400/365, 450/410) [500/460, 550/500, 600/550]
22-30: 680/620 (730/670, 780/715, 830/760) [880/805, 930/850, 990/905, 1040/950]
yards/metres approximately.

Dress:
15-21: 410/375 (460/420, 510/470, 550/505) [610/560, 660/605, 710/650]
22-30: 760/700 (810/740, 860/790, 910/835) [960/880, 1010/925, 1070/980, 1120/1025]
yards/metres approximately.

Caesia is the second part of my Australian wildflower collection, a group of patterns all linked by the gathering. Olearia is the first pattern in the collection.
The Spring Wildflowers e-book is also part of the collection.