Karou by Brandy Velten
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Karou

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Knitting
December 2015
DK (11 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 29 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
890 - 1570 yards (814 - 1436 m)
32 [35.75, 40.5, 44.25, 48, 51.75, 56.5]
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This pullover is named for the main character in the Daugher of Smoke and Bones trilogy. Karou morphs from a talented yet mysterious art student with bright blue hair into a fierce yet vunerable leader who bravely fights for her people, always putting others before herself. She quickly became a strong female character I greatly admire, so naming a design after her was a no-brainer.

The Karou pullover is knit from the bottom-up seamlessly in the round to the under arm, at which point
the front and the back are separated and worked flat. The sleeves and the front of the sweater features an easy-to-memorize eyelet lace motif worked in a bold contrast color. The set-in sleeves are worked seamlessly from the top down using short rows to shape the sleeve caps. Lace is charted only.


Materials

  • 4 mm 32” / 81 cm circular (or size necessary to obtain gauge)
  • 3.5 mm 32” / 81 cm circular (or needle one size smaller than gauge needle) • 4 mm DPNs (or size required to meet gauge)
  • 3.5 mm DPNS (or needles one size smaller than gauge needle)
  • Stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Yarn

Main color: 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4) skeins of Madelinetosh tosh DK (100% superwash merino wool, 225 yds / 206 m), pictured in composition book grey
* Or approximately 455 (505, 575, 625, 680, 735, 800) m / 495 (555, 625, 685, 745, 800, 875) yds of compa-
rable DK weight yarn
Contrast color: 2 (2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins of Madelinetosh tosh DK (100% superwash merino wool, 225 yds / 206 m), pictured in button jar blue
* Or approximately 360 (400, 455, 500, 540, 580, 635) m / 395 (440, 500, 545, 590, 635, 695) yds of compa-
rable DK weight yarn

Gauge

21 sts x 29 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch after blocking

Sizes

Finished bust size 32 (35.75, 40.5, 44.25, 48, 51.75, 56.5) inches to be worn on bust size 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches.
Pullover is worn with 2-4 inches of positive ease.
Ease is built into the pattern. Select a size closest to or just above your natural bust size.
Modeled sweater is size 35.75 worn with 2 inches of positive ease.

Pattern Difficulty

Intermediate to advanced - you must be able to adjust your position in the eyelet chart while working shaping rows.

Skills Required

knitting in the round, reading lace from a chart, yarn over, basic decreasing, minor seaming