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Dramatic Evening Ensemble: Brocade Vestment

Knitting
September 2013
Light Fingering / 3 ply ?
29 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in fair isle pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm
1311 yards (1199 m)
lower band 38.75" circumference; length, ~20"
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Interweave SKU: EP9439

This artistic vestment may be worn over any style of ensemble, no need to limit the wearing to dressy occasions. The knitting is an adventurous combination of Fair Isle, open rib, and slip-stitch textures, with beads interspersed in the Fair Isle and along the bands of the neck, front and back panels, and lower edges. The silk offers a fluid drape to the finished garment, a must for fashion flavor. This shapely vestment with its completely open sides is surprisingly versatile and will accommodate a range of sizes.

Finished Size: Lower band, 38¾ inches (98.4 cm) circumference; length, about 20 inches (51 cm); sides are completely open to allow for a range of bust sizes

Yarn: Handmaiden Swiss Silk, 100% silk yarn, fingering weight, 437 yards (399.6)/100 gram (3.5 oz) skein, 1 skein each of Wine (A), Brown Sugar (B), Beet (C)

Needles: Circular, 24 inches (61.0 cm), size 2 (2.75 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: Tapestry needle; scrap yarn for holders; removable marker; stitch markers; crochet hook, steel, size 11, for beads

Gauge: 29 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches (10.2 cm) in Fair Isle patt; 28 sts = 4 inches (10.2 cm) and 20 rows = 1¼ inches (3.2 cm) in sl st garter patt