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keshi murasaki

November 2010
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches in seed stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
822 - 1096 yards (752 - 1002 m)
About 36½ (41, 45½)" (92.5 [104, 115.5] cm) in circumference and 21½ (22½, 23½)" (54.5 [57, 59.5] cm) in length to side, plus 2½" (6.5 cm) to center front.

Keshi murasaki, a grayed mauve, is one of the wide range of purples dyed from gromwell root. I used a microfiber wrapped cotton yarn to give a luminescent sheen to the seed-stitch texture of this simple shell. Geometric stair steps along the lower edge and neckline call to mind the small geometric patterning in woven solid-color Japanese textiles.

The top can stand alone, but is beautifully paired with the Mijikui Dofuku (page 86), a short kimono that barely skims the waist to highlight the geometric detail of the seed-stitch top.