Lapis by yamagara


April 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
26 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Chevron Lace pattern with 3.5 mm / US 4 needle
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
749 - 1526 yards (685 - 1395 m)
Finished circumference at bust: 121.5 (137, 152, 168, 183, 197.5) cm / 47¾ (53¾, 59¾, 66¼, 72¼ , 77¾) inches
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A pullover with colourful retro vibes
Cropped at the waist and comfortable with generous ease


Sister pattern: MANIS

This pattern has been test knitted and tech edited.



Knitted from the bottom with provisional cast-on, the chevron lace and Stockinette stitch patterns are worked in the round to the underarm. Front and back are worked flat separately before being joined at the shoulders with Russian grafting. Simple garter stitch edgings complete the armholes and neck opening. Stitches are picked up from the provisional cast-on to work the hem in short row shaping that accentuates the zig-zag shape of the chevron lace pattern.


Lapis in Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Melayu (in Indonesian and Malay), means layers. While lapis in Latin means stone, associated with the beautiful blue lapis lazuli stone, in the region around Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia, it is commonly associated with soft and sweet confectionery made in layers.

Kek Lapis is a traditional spiced layer cake. Each layer of cake batter is measured and baked under precise timing until all the batter is used up. It is a rather expensive treat, eaten only during special occasions. Kueh Lapis is a wobbly steamed sticky rice cake with a distinctive coconut milk flavour. It usually consists of two alternating coloured layers, but variations layered with colours of the rainbow are common too.

The word kueh refers to sweet or savoury traditional snacks, eaten throughout the day. Ang Ku Kueh, the name of the boldly variegated colourway used in the chevron lace pattern in this design, is a type of small oval shaped snack with soft sticky glutinous rice flour skin wrapped around a sweet or savoury filling in the centre. It is moulded to resemble a tortoise shell and is steamed on a square piece of banana leaf. The red colour in the colourway resembles the traditional colour of the glutinous rice flour skin. Yellow resembles the colour of the filling, while green represents the banana leaf.

After making swatches with this striking colourway hand-dyed in Singapore by ParkourKitties Fibers, I found out that it stripes beautifully in layers and is best expressed in zig-zag lines of chevron patterns. Paired with a deep grey contrasting colour, the colours of the Ang Ku Kueh colourway become more vivid, like the bright colours of Kueh Lapis.

Working with a colourway that evokes childhood memories of peeling and eating Kueh Lapis layer by layer, I decided to ride the wave of nostalgia and shape the pullover in a retro-style silhouette with a fitted, cropped waist and generous ease at the top.


1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) : 121.5 (137, 152, 168, 183, 197.5) cm / 47¾ (53¾, 59¾, 66¼, 72¼ , 77¾)“ finished bust circumference.

The sample was knit in Size 1 with + 35 cm / 13¾” ease at bust. Suggested ease: + 33 to 45.5 cm / 13 to 18”.


Fingering weight
ParkourKitties Fibers
(425 m / 465 yards per 100 g skein, 75% fine superwash merino, 25% nylon)
Sample colour: Ang Ku Kueh

180 (200, 220, 255, 275, 295) m / 195 (220, 240, 280, 300, 325) yards
1 skein

Fingering weight
ParkourKitties Fibers
(425 m / 465 yards per 100 g skein, 75% fine superwash merino, 25% nylon)
Sample colour: Old Tin Roof II

505 (595, 710, 830, 955, 1100) m / 550 (650, 775, 910, 1045, 1205) yards
2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) skeins


One 3.25 mm / US 3 circular needle, 60 cm / 24” or longer
One 3.5 mm / US 4 circular needle, 60 cm / 24” or longer
One set of 3.25 mm / US 3 dpns or preferred needle for working armhole and neck edging in the round
One crochet hook of approximately 3.5 mm / JPN 6/0 / E-4 for provisional cast-on and Russian grafting

Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.


Stitch markers, stitch holder or waste yarn for holding stitches, smooth waste yarn in contrasting colour (of similar weight as working yarn) for provisional cast-on, tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

GAUGE (after blocking)

26 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm / 4” and 9 cm / 3½” in Chevron Lace pattern with C1 and 3.5 mm / US 4 needle
25 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm / 4” in Stockinette stitch with C2 and 3.5 mm / US 4 needle

Lapisはインドネシア語とマレー語では「層」を意味します. ラピスはラテン語では石を意味し, 美しく青い石ラピスラズリと結びつけられますが, インドネシア, シンガポール, マレーシア一帯では, 柔らかく甘い, 層状のお菓子を指します.

Kek Lapis(ケク・ラピス)はスパイスの入った伝統的な層状のケーキです. ケーキの層をなす生地は一層分ずつ測り, 焼き時間を正確に守って焼かれ, 生地がなくなるまでこれをくり返します. やや高価な, 特別な機会のみに食べるおやつです. Kueh Lapis(クェ・ラピス)は米粉を蒸して作るプルプルとしたお菓子で, ココナッツミルクの味が特徴です. 通常2色を交互に層に重ねますが, 虹色の層のバリエーションも見受けられます.
Kuehという単語は, 一日を通して食べられる, 甘くまたは塩辛い伝統的な菓子を指します. このデザインのシェブロンレースに使った鮮やかな色の名前 Ang Ku Kueh(アン・ク・クェ)は, 楕円形の菓子で, もち米の薄く柔らかい皮の中に甘くスパイスのきいた餡が入っています. 亀の甲羅に似せて型で形を作り, 四角いバナナリーフに載せて蒸されます. 糸の赤色はもち米の皮の伝統的な色に似ており, 黄色は餡で, 緑はバナナの葉の色を表します.

ParkourKitties Fibersさんがシンガポールで手染めをしているこの印象的な色は, スワッチを編んだ時に層がボーダーとして美しく出ることから, シェブロン模様のジグザグのラインが最も適した表現であると思いました. 対照的な深いグレーと合わせることで, Ang Ku Kueh色はKueh Lapisの鮮やかな色のように, さらに生き生きとします.

この色を編むとKueh Lapisの層を1枚ずつはがしながら食べた子供時代の思い出が甦り, 押し寄せる懐かさの波に乗ることにしました. クロップ丈のウェストはフィットし, 上部にはゆとりがたっぷり入った, レトロなシルエットに仕上がっています.


ボトムアップ式に編み, 後でほどける別糸の作り目で目を作り, シェブロンレースとメリヤス編みを輪で袖ぐりまで編みます. 身頃を前後に分けたら往復編みし, ロシア式引き抜きはぎ (Russian grafting) で肩をはぎます. 袖ぐりと襟ぐりの縁はガーター編みでシンプルに仕上げます. 最後に作り目をほどき, シェブロン模様のジグザグのラインを引き立たせるよう, 裾のゴム編みを引返し編みを入れて編みます.


1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6) : 121.5 (137, 152, 168, 183, 197.5) cm / 47¾ (53¾, 59¾, 66¼, 72¼ , 77¾)“

サンプルはサイズ1, 胸回りのゆとりは30.5cm.
推奨のゆとり: 33~45.5 cm / 13~18”.