Cleopatra's choice by Anke Telschow

Cleopatra's choice

August 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
1312 - 1859 yards (1200 - 1700 m)
S, M, L, XL, XXL
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This design features the ‘Caesar’s Check’ slip stitch pattern as a distinctive element which is used on hem, cuffs and neck edging.

The bottom-up pattern version comes along as a collection of 2 x 3 ‘building blocks’ with alternatives for the following elements:

  • Part 1: Split hem with corners vs. hem which is knitted in the round.
  • Part 2: Lower body in main color and Stockinette only vs. Stockinette/ Reverse Stockinette blocks, with dividing lines in contrast color between them (2nd option is recommended in case of a yarn which has bias).
  • Part 3: Short Dolman sleeves which are knitted at the same time as the upper body vs. 3/4 sleeves which are joined to the body at the underarms.

My ‘Cleo’ shirt sample in ‘Nepal’ yarn combines the 3 choices listed first, while my ‘Cleopatra’ tunic sample includes the other 3. But you are free to combine 3 building blocks (for bottom, middle, top) just as you like.

As a bonus, the pattern includes a second document in which the Cleopatra tunic is described as top-down version.

Skill level: *** (3 out of 5)

Yarn requirements:

  • Shirt version with short sleeves (‘Cleo’): 800/ 900/ 1000/ 1100/ 1200 m of the MC, approx. 50-100m of the contrast color for the edges (CC1) and 100-150m of contrast color for the Caesar stripes (CC2).
  • Tunic version with 3/4 sleeves (‘Cleopatra’): 1000/ 1100/ 1200/ 1300/ 1400 m of MC, approx. 80-120m of CC1 and 140-180m of CC2.

Bust width for the sizes:
(S/ M/ L/ XL/ XXX)
82/ 92/ 102/ 112/ 122cm.

The piece features an A line shape (with a little bit of waist for the Cleo shirt version) and is intended to be worn with just a little bit of ease.

On page 13 (page 14 for the German version), the given stitch numbers for row 2 are wrong, should be 62 sts for back, 66 sts for sleeve and 70 sts for front, but they are not necessary anyway:
Row 2:(CC1): repeat (SM, k to CCM) 4x.