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Koto

Knitting
June 2015
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Articulated Rib with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1235 - 1600 yards (1129 - 1463 m)
42¼ (44, 46¼, 48, 52, 56)” circumference at bust
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The always-innovative Olga Buraya-Kefelian brings us a modern pullover in Shelter, pairing a high-relief fabric with bold construction for a futuristic look. Slender welts accentuate the scoop of the hem, which is shaped with short rows to produce a silhouette Audrey Hepburn would have coveted, and the perfect ring collar completes the effect.

Koto’s body and sleeves are worked in the round to the underarm, then worked flat with simultaneous shoulder shaping on the front and back. The short rows use the Shadow Wrap method, which is fully explained in the pattern. The collar is worked from stitches picked up after seaming and faced with stockinette fabric for added structure. Tiny facings at the hem and cuffs make for a beautiful, minimalist finish that doesn’t interrupt the lines of the sweater.

Pale colors—we used Snowbound—will amplify the corrugated texture of Koto, while dark shades will diminish the effect.

Yardage

1235 (1290, 1340, 1395, 1490, 1600) yards of worsted weight wool yarn

Yarn
9 (10, 10, 10, 11, 12) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Snowbound

Gauge

18 stitches & 32 rounds = 4″ in Articulated Rib with Size A needle(s), after blocking

Needles

Size A (for Main Fabric):

One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 4½ mm (US 7)

Size B (for Facings):

One each 16″ and 32″ circular needles and one set of DPNs, one size smaller than Size A
Suggested Size: 4 mm (US 6)

32″ circular needle can be used instead of DPNs if using the Magic Loop method for working small circumferences in the round (i.e., Sleeves).

Finished Dimensions

42¼ (44, 46¼, 48, 52, 56)” circumference at bust
Intended Ease: + 8–10″
Sample shown is size 42¼″ with 8¼” ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern:

  • Crochet Provisional Cast On
  • Short Rows: Shadow Wrap Method
  • Joinery Bind Off