Rosarian by Melinda VerMeer
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March 2014
Light Fingering ?
22 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with smaller needles
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 5 - 3.75 mm
880 - 1320 yards (805 - 1207 m)
XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X 3X)
This pattern is available for free.

Portland has more nicknames than any small city should have. Stumptown, Rip City, Bridgetown, Portlandia, Beervana and on and on. But probably the best known is the Rose City. Roses can be found on our manhole covers, filling rose gardens, and giving name to our neighborhoods, races, elephants and festivals.

Rosarian was named for its concentric layers that reminds me of an open rose bloom. It is shown at Peninsula Park’s rose garden established in 1909.

Unlike most sweaters with a defined body, Rosarian does not include the typical sweater pieces: body, sleeves, underarm, etc. But instead has a body that encircles the shoulders and upper arms with elbow length arm openings just above the fitted waistband.

Rosarian’s unique shape and drapy fabric create a flattering silhouette for most any body type and the rows of dropped stitches make for a speedy knit to kick off your warm weather knitting.

Rosarian is knit in CoBaSi, a fingering weight cotton with a little silk and bamboo for shine and drape and just enough elastic to keep its shape; the perfect summer sweater yarn.

The critical measurement of the sweater is the waistband (high hip circumference). Rosarian is designed to sit at the high hip with 0-3 inches of negative ease.

High Hip Circumference, stretched: 30, 33.5, 38, 42, 45.5, 49, 52.5
inches (shown with 2 inches negative ease)

Length: 20.5, 20.5, 22, 22, 23.5, 23.5, 23.5 inches

HiKoo by Skacel CoBaSi; 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6 skeins