Rook by Kyoko Nakayoshi


November 2013
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
950 - 1510 yards (869 - 1381 m)
33½ (35¼, 38¾, 42¼, 46¾, 51¼)" circumference at chest
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“During the design process, my aim was to create a timeless garment containing both traditional and modern features. I chose a diamond motif with moss stitch that I saw in a fisherman’s sweater because not only is it a beautifully textured stitch, but I can also use it either as a single line of diamonds (as in the sleeve) or a line of multiple diamonds (as in the body). Instead of having a traditional vertical line of purl stitches on either side, I used stockinette stitch to encircle the motif to keep the whole design clean and simple.

The sweater is knit top down. In order to create a height difference between the front and the back neck, wrap and turn short-row technique is used to raise the back and sleeves. The stitch increase for the yoke shaping is done in between the cable patterns.

The use of stitch markers is essential in this sweater. They will help you guide the positions of the stitch patterns and especially during yoke shaping. Once yoke shaping is done, the rest is straightforward. I hope this will be an enjoyable knit.“ – Kyoko Nakayoshi

The sweater is worked from the top down, beginning with a provisional cast on. It is joined in the round but worked back and forth with short rows to shape the front neck. When the neck shaping is complete, the piece is joined for working in the round. When the yoke is complete, the piece is divided for body and sleeves. The sleeve stitches are placed on hold while the body is completed. For the collar, the provisional cast on is undone and the collar is worked in the round from the live stitches. It is then tacked to the inside of the garment at the same time as it is bound off.

950 (1005, 1100, 1250, 1385, 1510) yards of worsted weight wool yarn
7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 140 yards/50g)
Photographed in color Woodsmoke

18 stitches & 28 rounds = 4” in stockinette stitch with Size A needle(s), after blocking
17-stitch panel from Sleeve Chart measures 3” wide after blocking
39-stitch panel from Body Chart measures 6½“ wide after blocking

Size A (for Main Fabric):
One each 16” and 32” circular needles and a set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Size B (for Ribbing):
One each 16” and 32” circular needles and a set of DPNs, two sizes 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)

33½ (35¼, 38¾, 42¼, 46¾, 51¼)“ circumference at chest
Sample shown is size 35¼” with + 2¼“ ease on model

Need help picking a size? See our resource page on Selecting a Sweater Size

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Please note: the stitch patterns in this garment are charted only.