Balaio by Paula Pereira

Balaio

Knitting
June 2023
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette Stitch
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 8 - 5.0 mm
856 - 2012 yards (783 - 1840 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9)
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Paula Pereira loves the idea of universal symbols found in different cultures. Some elements from The Balaio’s colorwork can also be found, for example, in traditional Fair Isle and Norwegian knitting patterns. In Brazil, similar motifs can be found in beautiful, traditional basketry! Balaio is a large basket in Portuguese, but it is also commonly used to describe a place where we can add all sorts of things.

Sizes 1 (2, 3, 4, 5) (6, 7, 8, 9)

Recommended ease 3–4” / 8–11 cm of positive ease.

Finished measurements
Chest circumference: 34 (37.5, 42, 45.5, 50) (53.5, 58.25, 61.25, 66)“ / 86 (95.5, 105, 116, 126.5) (136, 148, 155.5, 167.5) cm.
Body length from underarm to hem: 11 (11, 11.5, 11.5, 11.5) (12, 12, 12, 12.5)” / 28 (28, 29, 29, 29) (30.5, 30.5, 30.5, 32) cm.
Yoke depth: 7.25 (8, 8.25, 8.75, 9) (9.25, 9.75, 10, 10.75)“ / 19 (20.5, 21, 22, 23) (24, 24.5, 25.5, 27) cm.
Neckline circumference: 18 (18, 19, 19, 19.75) (20.75, 21.75, 22.5, 23.5)” / 45.5 (45.5, 48, 48, 50) (52.5, 55, 57.5, 60) cm.
Upper arm circumference: 10.75 (11.25, 12.75, 13.75, 15) (16.5, 17.75, 19.25, 21.25)“ / 27.5 (29, 32, 34.5, 38) (42, 45.5, 49, 54) cm.
Cuff circumference: 7.5 (7.5, 9.5, 9.5, 11.25) (11.25, 11.25, 13.25, 13.25)” / 19 (19, 24, 24, 29) (29, 29, 33.5, 33.5) cm.
Sleeve length from underarm to cuff: 17 (17, 17, 17.5, 17.5) (18, 18, 18, 18.5)“ / 43.5 (43.5, 43.5, 44.5, 44.5) (46, 46, 46, 47) cm.
Total length: 18.25 (19, 19.75, 20.25, 20.5) (21.25, 21.75, 22, 23.25)” / 43 (48, 50, 51, 52) (54, 55, 56, 59) cm.

Finished measurements
Chest circumference: 34 (37.5, 42, 45.5, 50) (53.5, 58.25, 61.25, 66)“ / 86 (95.5, 105, 116, 126.5) (136, 148, 155.5, 167.5) cm.
Body length from underarm to hem: 11 (11, 11.5, 11.5, 11.5) (12, 12, 12, 12.5)” / 28 (28, 29, 29, 29) (30.5, 30.5, 30.5, 32) cm.
Yoke depth: 7.25 (8, 8.25, 8.75, 9)(9.25, 9.75, 10, 10.75)“ / 19 (20.5, 21, 22, 23) (24, 24.5, 25.5, 27) cm.
Neckline circumference: 18 (18, 19, 19, 19.75) (20.75, 21.75, 22.5, 23.5)” / 45.5 (45.5, 48, 48, 50) (52.5, 55, 57.5, 60) cm.
Upper arm circumference: 10.75 (11.25, 12.75, 13.75, 15) (16.5, 17.75, 19.25, 21.25)“ / 27.5 (29, 32, 34.5, 38) (42, 45.5, 49, 54) cm.
Cuff circumference: 7.5 (7.5, 9.5, 9.5, 11.25) (11.25, 11.25, 13.25, 13.25)” / 19 (19, 24, 24, 29) (29, 29, 33.5, 33.5) cm.
Sleeve length from underarm to cuff: 17 (17, 17, 17.5, 17.5) (18, 18, 18, 18.5)“ / 43.5 (43.5, 43.5, 44.5, 44.5) (46, 46, 46, 47) cm.
Total length: 18.25 (19, 19.75, 20.25, 20.5) (21.25, 21.75, 22, 23.25)” / 43 (48, 50, 51, 52) (54, 55, 56, 59) cm.

Materials
Yarn

MC 6 (7, 8, 8, 9) (10, 11, 12, 14) skeins of Ram Jam Worsted by Daughter of a Shepherd (100% wool from mixed breeds, 126 yds / 115 m – 50 g), colorway 1.5 In Between Grey.

Or approx. 700 (776, 895, 994, 1098) (1227, 1351, 1446, 1645) yds / 640 (708, 817, 907, 1003) (1120, 1233, 1320, 1501) m of worsted weight yarn.

CC1 – 1 (2, 2, 2, 2) (2, 2, 2, 3) skein(s) of Ram Jam Worsted by Daughter of a Shepherd (100% wool from mixed breeds, 126 yds / 115 m – 50 g), colorway 3 Natural Black.

Or approx. 119 (132, 152, 169, 187) (208, 229, 246, 279) yds / 108 (120, 138, 153, 169) (189, 208, 223, 254) m of worsted weight yarn.

CC2 – 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) (1, 1, 1, 1) skein of Breed Specific by Daughter of a Shepherd (100% Castlemilk Moorit wool, 237 yds / 217 m – 100 g), colorway Summer 2017.

Or approx. 37 (42, 48, 53, 59) (66, 72, 78, 88) yds / 34 (38, 44, 49, 54) (60, 66, 71, 81) m of worsted weight yarn.

Needles
US 6 / 4 mm, US 7 / 4.5 mm, and US 8 / 5 mm 16” / 40 cm circular needles (and a set of DPNs if not working with Magic Loop Method); US 7 / 4.5 mm and US 8 / 5 mm 24” / 60 cm circular needles; US 7 / 4.5 mm and US 8 / 5 mm 32” / 80 cm circular needles. Or size to obtain gauge.

Gauge
17 sts x 24 rnds to 4” / 10 cm on US 7 / 4.5 mm needles in St St, after blocking.
17 sts x 24 rnds to 4” / 10 cm on US 8 / 5 mm needles in charted colorwork st pattern, after blocking.