Koke Garden Cardi by karinknits designs
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Koke Garden Cardi

May 2011
Super Bulky (5-6 wpi) ?
11 stitches and 15 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 13 - 9.0 mm
600 - 750 yards (549 - 686 m)
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When I started teaching this garment construction at my LYS, I had to come up with an adult sized cardi that could easily be knit up in the three sessions that we allotted for class time. I came up with the Koke Garden Cardi. Koke is the Japanese word for Moss, any kind of moss. It features 3/4 sleeves, and a warm collar that acts like a scarf/cowl to keep your neck warm and cozy. My favorite part is that the Seed st motif is worked on the sleeve edges at the same time that you are working up the front bands, and the middle band of Seed st disguises the seams.

Kirigami knitting was inspired by the wonderful genius of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Bog Jacket, which you can find in the book Knitting Around from SchoolhousePress.com. I highly recommend picking up a copy of your own; not just for the patterns, but for the glimpse into her life. Elizabeth Zimmerman was an amazing knitter, teacher, and designer. Reading her newsletters is like having a Master Knitter in your living room. Her conversational style will inspire you to develop your knitterly intuition as it did for me.