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Edo

Knitting
November 2008
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
1300 yards (1189 m)
53.5 (58)" / 136 (147.5) cm chest circumferfence

Named for the Edo period in Japanese history (1603 to 1868), when art and culture flourished, the style of this knitted lace jacket is based on the traditionally-simple Japanese hanten jacket.

Lower body is worked in one piece to the armholes; then back and fronts are divided and worked separately to the shoulders. Sleeves are worked back and forth in rows, then attached to the body by binding off live sleeve sts together with sts picked up around the armhole opening, using three-needle bind-off method.

Sizing Notes: Jacket has a relaxed, flowing, oversize fit (6” / 15 cm or more of ease). The size of the jacket is determined by the needle size - the larger size is made using larger needles. For this reason, doing a gauge swatch is very important!

  • Size A: 53.5” / 136 cm chest; 30.25” / 77 cm length
  • Size B: 58” / 147.5 cm chest; 35” / 89 cm length

Yarn: 4 hanks (both sizes) Cheryl Oberle’s Reflections Hand-dyed (55% mohair, 45% merino; about 325 yd / 297 m = 8 oz / 227 g). Shown in Pewter.

Gauge:

  • Size A: 15 sts and 23 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette on larger needles. 12 sts and 20 rows = 4” / 10 cm in lace patterns on larger needles, after blocking.
  • Size B: 14 sts and 22 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette on larger needles. 11 sts and 17 rows = 4” / 10 cm in lace patterns on larger needles, after blocking.

Needles:

  • Size A: Body and sleeves - US 9 / 5.5 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles. Bottom border, front and neck border, and sleeve cuffs - US 7 / 4.5 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles.
  • Size B: Body and sleeves - US 10 / 6 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles. Bottom border, front and neck border, and sleeve cuffs - US 8 / 5 mm, 24” / 60 cm circular needles.

Notions:

  • Stitch markers (several of each in 2 different colors)
  • Smooth cotton scrap yarn for holders

Techniques (included in book):

  • Three-needle bind-off
  • Pick up by knitting