Ume Blossom by Elizabeth Sullivan

Ume Blossom

Knitting
November 2009
DK (11 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 34 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
225 - 465 yards (206 - 425 m)
To fit waist: 20 (24, 28, 32, 36, 40)"
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Inspired by the cold Canadian winter and contemporary Japanese haramaki, this garment is designed to be both practical and fashionable.

This haramaki is designed with ribbed side panels so that it is very stretchy. You can wear it on top of close-fitting clothing, or underneath looser garments. It can be worn around the hips or high on the waist.

This garment is knit in one piece and uses intarsia for the ume (plum) blossom motifs.

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To Fit
Waist: 20 (24, 28, 32, 36, 40)“

Finished Measurements
Circumference unstretched: 20 (24, 28, 32, 36, 40)“
Circumference fully stretched: 27½ (32, 38½, 43, 47½, 54)”
Length: 7½ (7½, 7½, 8½, 8½, 8½)“

Yarn
DK weight:
200 (230, 275, 350, 385, 440) yds in main colour (MC)
25 yds in contrast colour (CC)

Needles
Size 4 (3.5mm) circular needles, 24” (60cm) or longer

Notions
Stitch markers, yarn needle, 8 (8, 8, 9, 9, 9) buttons

Gauge
26 sts and 34 rows = 4” (10cm) in St st, after blocking

In order to get a nice snug fit, choose the size with an unstretched circumference equal to or smaller than your actual waist measurement.