Shikakkei by Kirsten Johnstone
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Shikakkei

Knitting
July 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1190 - 1860 yards (1088 - 1701 m)
To fit bust (32, 34, 36, 38, 40) (42, 44, 46, 48, 50)in / (81, 86.5, 91.5, 96.5, 101.5) (106.5, 112, 117, 122, 127)cm Ease: approximately +8in / 20cm ease at bust
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四角形 | Shikakkei : Japanese for (n) square.
One piece of the Kei Collection.

The square neckline and linear details push this topdown dolman sweater into the cutting edge modern, whilst Woolfolk Sno creates a wonderful marled knit fabric for a sporty twist. This piece can take you from Yoga to dinner with tailored black pants and heels.
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Construction Notes
Top is knitted entirely in the round from the top down in Reverse Stocking Stitch. Beginning at the neck edge, the yoke is shaped with raglan increases. After the sleeve stitches are separated and placed on holders, the lower body is worked straight with an underarm gusset detail, then hem edge is finished with a Stocking Stitch folded drawstring casing.
Top is worked Wrong Side (Stocking Stitch side) out to the hem for ease of knitting, then reversed and the hem worked with Right Side (Reverse Stocking Stitch) out.
Sleeves are also worked with the Wrong Side out, and finished with a ribbed cuff followed by an I-Cord Bind Off.
Neck edge is finished with applied I-Cord.
Slip all stitch markers as they are encountered.

Sizes
To fit bust (32, 34, 36, 38, 40) (42, 44, 46, 48, 50)in /
(81, 86.5, 91.5, 96.5, 101.5) (106.5, 112, 117, 122, 127)cm

Ease: approximately +8in / 20cm ease at bust
See schematic for finished measurements

Sample shown in size 36in / 91.5cm

Yarn
Woolfolk Tynd SNO in colour 1+2 100% Ovis 21 Ultimate Merino®; 223 yds / 204 m / 50 g: (6, 6, 6, 7, 7) (7, 8, 8, 8, 9) skeins
OR
Approximately
(1190, 1265, 1330, 1415, 1490) (1560, 1635, 1710, 1780, 1860) yds /
(1090, 1155, 1215, 1295, 1360) (1425, 1495, 1565, 1624, 1700) m

Needles
US 5 (3.75mm) (or needle to obtain gauge) circular needle for body, length to suit work; also short circular needle and/or set of double pointed needles for sleeves and I-Cord Drawstring

Other
2 large Stitch Holders
Tapestry needle
4 Stitch Markers colour A, 4 Stitch Markers colour B

Gauge
23 stitches and 36 rows in 4in / 10cm in St st with 1 strand of yarn, washed and blocked

Skill Level
Experienced Intermediate