Mantaray by Sachiko Burgin

Mantaray

Knitting
August 2018
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 10 - 6.0 mm
532 - 912 yards (486 - 834 m)
bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48) inches
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Mantaray is a slightly cropped, reversible, Summer or Fall top worked flat in two pieces featuring a wrap-around layer that is tied with I-cords. The winged shape of the Front is reminiscent of the solitary and serene sea creature, the manta ray.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS (approx)
Length of Body: 27 (28.5, 29, 32, 34.5) cm/ 10½ (11¼, 11½, 12½, 13½) inches
Bust Circumference: 81.5 (91.5, 102, 112, 122) cm/ 32 (36, 40, 44, 48) inches
MANTARAY is intended to be worn with 0-4 inches of ease.
Model in green is wearing size 1, and has a bust of approx 81.5 cm/32 inches.
Model in pink is wearing size 2, and has a bust of approx 81.5 cm/32 inches.

MATERIALS
Recommended Yarn: 7 (8, 9, 11, 12) skeins of Quince & Co. Kestrel (100% linen, 69 m/ 76yds - 50g) see note re: colour
Needles: 6 mm/ US 10, 60 cm/ 24 inch circular needle AND 5 mm/ US 8, dpns (set of two ~ for I-cords)
Notions: Sewing needle and small amount of thread in matching colour

GAUGE
16 sts x 24 rows = 10 cm/4 inches in Stockinette st with larger needle, blocked.

Note about the yarn colour: I found through my own experimentation that Quince & Co’s Kestrel takes natural dyes very nicely. The green colour was achieved with red onion skin, while the pale pink was obtained with cochineal. Kestrel in colour “Senza” is a great neutral base colour to dye with, if you want to try natural/ plant dye extracts to create your own unique colour! There are plenty of online resources to help you, I recommend Botanical Colors :)