Lysistrata's Chiton by Brenda Dayne

Lysistrata's Chiton

April 2011
DK (11 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1500 - 2000 yards (1372 - 1829 m)
S (M, L) - see below for further sizing info
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This pattern is available in print for $7.00.

Little more than a rectangle of cloth drawn up at the shoulders and pinned, the chiton was for centuries the garment favored by the ancient Greeks. No less beautiful for its simplicity, Lysistrata’s Chiton is, likewise, based on the functional rectangle, with the addition of raglan sleeves, both shapely and flattering. Knit sideways to maximize drape of the knitted fabric the cardigan features a wide organic cable flanking both fronts and hugging the neck, while softly draping folds of fabric fall, chiton–like, from the shoulders.

Finished Measurements:

Full width 44 48, 52in 112 (122, 132)cm
Back width at bust 22 24, 26in 56 (61, 66)cm
Length 20 22, 24in 51 (56, 61)cm


Briar Rose Fibers Wistful 50% alpaca, 50% merino wool, 20% silk; 500yd/457m per 227g skein; 13 WPI, 3 4, 4 skeins

US 8 5mm needles

Stitch markers
Stitch holders or waste yarn
Cable needle