Re-Su Katabira by Vicki Square
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Re-Su Katabira

Knitting
November 2010
DK (11 wpi) ?
15 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in charted lace on larger needles
US 9 - 5.5 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
1296 - 1620 yards (1185 - 1481 m)
45 (55Β½)" (114.5 [141] cm) in circumference and 27 (30ΒΎ)" (68.5 [78] cm) in length
This pattern is available from interweave.com for $6.50.

Interweave SKU: EP9743

Finished Size: About 45 (55Β½)” (114.5 [141] cm) in circumference and 27 (30ΒΎ)” (68.5 [78] cm) in length. Kimono shown measures 45” (114.5 cm).

Yarn Weight: #3 - Light

Needles: Body and sleeves: size U.S. 9 (5.5 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular (cir). Edging: size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm): 24” (60 cm) cir.

Notions: Stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge: 15 stitches and 21 rows = 4” (10 cm) in charted lace pattern on larger needle.

The ocher of this katabira, a thin morning kimono, is a cross between kuchibaβ€”a subdued tanβ€”and yamabukiβ€”a golden yellow reminiscent of the common freesia. The color emphasizes lightness and the openwork reveals under layers and interacts for an integrated color palette. For a bold color scheme, pair this with the dark eggplant Suo Amanuno (page 76); dead-leaf yellow and purple are a color combination for May, according to a traditional Japanese calendar. For a softer look, pair it with the natural white Shiro Shiriku (page 110) or the Under Kosode Shell (page 126).

I chose an undulating diamond lace pattern for the back and front panels and a checkerboard of lace and solid squares for the sleeves. Garter stitch stabilizes the fluidity of the open-work pattern at the neckband and cuffs. Press the finished piece to intensify the drape for a truly luxurious kimono to wear any time of the day or night.