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Lighter-Than-Air "Chiffon" Blouson

Knitting
September 2013
Fingering / 4 ply (14 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch with MC and larger needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
3.25 mm (D)
804 - 1072 yards (735 - 980 m)
36, 38, 40, 42, 44" for bust respectively 20, 21, 22, 23, 24"
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Interweave SKU: EP9440

The filmy, translucent drape of silk chiffon fabric is emulated i the simplicity of knitted stockinette rectangles for this top i a lighter-than-air silk mohair yarn. The shoulder and side seams are abbreviated, leaving the upper corners free to fall in soft folds and the sides primarily open to encourage the interpretation of graceful undulation. Juxtaposed with the matte mohair is a narrow border of silk with sheen. Between the two garter-stitch ridges of border are Czech glass earl beads that catch the light. In our modern culture, this top will work casually over pencil-leg pants and a camisole, as well as dressy over a simple long sheath. The overall effect captures the elegant sparkle of the simple chiffon gowns seen in Downton Abbey.

Finished Size: About 36 (38, 40, 42, 44) inches (91 96, 102, 107, 112 cm) bust circumference and about 20 (21, 22, 23, 24) inches (51 53, 56, 58, 61 cm) in length

Yarn: Filatura di Crosa Baby Kid Extra, 80% baby kid mohair/20% polyamide yarn, fingering weight, 268 yards (245.1 m)/25 gram (0.8 oz) skein, 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) skeins of #310 Off White (MC) and Filatura di Crosa Luxury, 100% schappe silk yarn, fingering weight

Needles: Circular, 24 inches (61.0 cm), size 4 (3.5 mm) for body, and circular, 29 inches (73.7 cm), size 3 (3.25 mm) for border or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: Stitch markers; tapestry needle; crochet hooks, size D (3.25 mm) and steel, size 11

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches (10.2 cm) in St st with MC and larger needle