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Samurai Kabuto

Knitting
January 2005
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in slip stitch knit rib on larger needles, 2 strands held together
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
810 yards (741 m)
one size

From the pattern: ”I’ve used linen in a combination of ribbing and button stitch t mimic the heavy decorative cord and metal construction of a samurai neck protector; the palette mimics the patina of metal. The dragon on the front crown of my helmet serves as the warrior’s crest.”

Size: 22.5” (57 cm) circum., 7” (18 cm) high along back crown, and 12.5” (31.5 cm) long from top of crown to bottom of neck piece.

Additional Gauge Information:

  • Crown: 20 sts / 30 rows = 4”, slip stitch knit rib on larger needles, 2 strands held together
  • Neck protector/wings: 26 sts / 24 rows = 4”, k1 p1 rib and button stitch combo on larger needles, 2 strands held together
  • 6 sts / 8 rows = 1”, stockinette stitch on smallest needles with 1 strand of yarn

Notions:

  • Size 3 (2.1 mm) steel crochet hook
  • Markers, tapestry needle
  • Small amount of stuffing for dragon
  • About 50 size 6/0 round brown silver-lined seed beads to embellish couching
  • Sharp-pointed sewing needle
  • Beeswax for strengthening sewing thread
  • Two 1/4” (6 mm) oval-shaped beads for dragon eyes
  • Two 1 1/8” (3 cm) black smooth surface shank buttons