Geisha Kimono by Catherine Lowe
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Geisha Kimono

January 2001
DK (11 wpi) ?
25 stitches and 35.5 rows = 4 inches
in moss st with yarn doubled on US 6 needles before washing & blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
3996 - 4662 yards (3654 - 4263 m)
48, 54 inches (122, 137 cm) chest/bust circumference

Yarn is used doubled throughout.

Some designers are inspired by a beautiful yarn, others by an interesting shape or silhouette. In this case, Catherine Lowe was inspired by a scrimshaw button depicting a beautiful Japanese geisha. In keeping with the theme of the button, Catherine created a silk jacket styled and constructed like a traditional kimono. To make it possible for her pattern to be published in a magazine, Catherine did not include some of the haute coture details, such as faced hems, for which she is known. Eliminating these details, in order to limit the length of her instructions, is always a struggle, she admits, but she is willing to do it in order to share her work with more knitters than those who take her workshops and buy her kits.