Shui-mo by Michele Wang

Shui-mo

Knitting
January 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 25 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with two strands of yarn held together, after blocking
US 8 - 5.0 mm
2745 - 4145 yards (2510 - 3790 m)
16½ (18¼, 20¼, 22, 24, 26)” back width from center of underarm to center of underarm; approximately 33 (36½, 40½, 44, 48, 52)” circumference at bust with fronts overlapping
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Subtle as a watercolor sky, Shui-mo’s ombre blanket fronts employ six shades of Loft. Two strands are held together and the colors shift one strand at a time to achieve a smooth gradient. The stockinette fronts, knit sideways from the side seam, are allowed to curl open and form a gentle A-line shape that layers gracefully. All pieces are worked flat, and slim set-in sleeves provide a tailored fit.

Yardage

Fingering weight wool yarn in the following approximate amounts:

2040 (2250, 2520, 2785, 3100, 3350) yards Color 1 (C1); 175 (175, 180, 185, 190, 195) yards each of Colors 2, 3, 4, & 5 (C2, C3, C4, & C5); 225 (255, 260, 300, 315, 355) yards of Color 6 (C6)

Yarn

Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)
8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins C1, 1 skein each of C2, C3, C4, & C5, 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) C6
Photographed in colors Pumpernickel (C1), Truffle Hunt (C2), Nest (C3), Barn Owl (C4), Woodsmoke (C5), & Fossil (C6)

If working the garment in a single color:

2745 (2970, 3250, 3550, 3870, 4145) yards of fingering weight yarn
10 (11, 12, 13, 15, 16) skeins Brooklyn Tweed Loft (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 275 yards/50g)

Gauge

17 stitches & 25 rows = 4″ in stockinette stitch with two strands of yarn held together, after blocking

Note: Both stitch and row gauge are important; since the fronts are worked side-to-side, the number of rows worked determines the width of the pieces.

Needles

One 32″ circular needle in size needed to obtain gauge listed
Suggested Size: 5 mm (US 8)

Finished Dimensions

16½ (18¼, 20¼, 22, 24, 26)” back width from center of underarm to center of underarm; approximately 33 (36½, 40½, 44, 48, 52)” circumference at bust with fronts overlapping
Intended Ease: + 2–4″ with fronts overlapping
Sample shown is size 36½” with + 3½” ease on model

Tutorials for all special techniques listed below are included in the pattern
Wrapped Chain Stitch Selvedge
Slip-Stitch Selvedge
Sloped Bind Off
Short Rows: Yarn Over Method
Cabled Cast On
Purl Cabled Cast On

Skill Level

4 out of 5