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shiro shiriku

November 2010
Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
700 - 1050 yards (640 - 960 m)
About 36 (40½, 44, 48, 52)" (91.5 [103, 112, 122, 132] cm) in circumference and 21 (21, 22, 23, 23)" (53.5 [53.5, 56, 58.5, 58.5] cm) in length.

Shiro, or white, was basic to Heian color fashion. Placed on top or underneath, white expanded the color impression of other coordinating layers. Symbolically, white represented purity and beginnings. A new empress would wear a white jacket at her investiture ceremony and a soon to be new mother would wear white robes.

The natural white of the soysilk ribbon yarn I used for this design is timeless and will coordinate with virtually any color in the rainbow. The randomly spaced garter stitch textural stripes on a stockinette stitch background pay homage to the many variations of stripes woven into kimono through the centuries. Stripes are always a sophisticated aesthetic.

Once blocked, the graceful flow of this garment is more pronounced, but it also measures a bit larger than the fi nal knitted measurement. Be sure to account for this additional ease when choosing the appropriate size.