Mameko by Yoko Johnston


both are used in this pattern
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
875 - 1148 yards (800 - 1050 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)
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Mameko is one of the basic patterns of Japanese Kogin-zashi, a type of hand-embroidery. Mameko means a small bean and is characterized by a hollow diamond shape.
Bold Mamekos are placed on the entire body of the sweater.
Stockinette stitch is used as a base to represent a hollow diamond, the diamond line is made by slipped stitches so it looks like beans are connected in a row, and the connection with the adjacent diamond is made by cables. Place a series of small Mamekos on the sleeves as well.

The main body is aligned with DK weight yarn and mohair yarn held together, and the rib parts are finished with only the DK. I hope you enjoy the arrangement, such as using a single color or finishing the rib part with the same doubled yarn as the main body.


1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

Approx. 122.5 (130, 140, 150, 160) cm {481/4 (52, 50, 60, 64)”} bust circumference
Sample shown in size 2, modeled with 41cm {16”} positive ease

Please check the other measurements at the last photo of this page.

◇Main Color (MC)――DK Weight; approx. 800 (900, 950, 1000, 1050) m {875 (985, 1040, 1095, 1150) yds}
◇Contrasted Color (CC)――Lace weight; approx. 760 (840, 900, 950, 990) m {830 (920, 985, 1040, 1085) yds}
☆When knitting in one strand of yarn――Aran Weight; approx. 800 (900, 950, 1000, 1050) m {875 (985, 1040, 1095, 1150) yds}

Sample――Isager Yarn’s Jensen Yarn (100% Merino),
250m 274y/100g, Col. 0/White 4 (4, 4, 4, 5) skeins.
Isager Yarn’s Silk Mohair (75% Mohair, 25% Silk),
212m 232y/25g, Col. 56/Green; 4 (4, 5, 5, 5) balls.
Both yarns are held together for Body and Sleeves,
and use one strand of Jensen Yarn for Hem, Cuff and Neck.

Please note that the yardage may vary if your yarn/gauge differs.

Body――6 mm (US 10): 80cm 32” or longer circular (CIR).
Sleeves――6 mm (US 10): set of 4 double-pointed (DPN) unless you use the magic loop method.
Hem and Neck Ribbing――5.5mm (US 9): 80cm 24” or longer CIR.
Cuff Ribbing――5.5mm (US 9): set of 4 DPN unless you use the magic loop method.
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

16 sts/22 rows = 10cm 4” in St st with MC & CC held together on larger needles, blocked.
20 sts/28 rows = 10cm 4” in 1x1 rib with MC on smaller needles, blocked.

Markers, waste yarn for cast on and holders, approx. 5.5mm (US I) crochet hook, tapestry needle, cable needle (optional).

Mameko sweater is a drop shoulder sweater that is worked seamlessly from the top down. German short rows are used to shape the back neckline. Work front and back until the front neck is connected by cast on. The shoulders are formed with increases, then the back and front are knitted separately until the underarms for the sleeve openings. They are joined together and work in the round to the hem. The sleeves are picked up from the sleeve openings and knit to the cuff. Undoing the cast on stitches and also picking up stitches from the front yoke, the neck is worked from down to top.

Crochet Provisional Cast On
M1R + M1L
German Short Rows
right slip cross + left slip cross
ssk + k2tog
Miyayo’s Mock 1x1 Rib Bind Off


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胸囲約122.5 (130, 140, 150, 160) cm


身頃と袖は並太糸と極細糸を引き揃えて編み, 裾, 袖口,
主色(MC)――並太糸を約800 (900, 950, 1000, 1050) m
引き揃え色(CC)――極細糸を約760 (840, 900, 950, 990) m
☆1本取りで編む場合は極太糸を約800 (900, 950, 1000, 1050) m.


ゲージ (ブロッキング後に縦横10cmを計測)
16目22段 = MCとCC糸を引き揃え, 13号針でメリヤス編み
20目28段 = MC糸を使用し, 11号針で1目ゴム編み

目数マーカー, 余り糸(作り目, 肩の目を休める用), 9/0号くらいのかぎ針, 綴じ針, 縄編み針 (オプショナル)


This pattern has been tested by the excellent knitters.
Thank you so much!!!
ミネさん(technical editor)お世話になりました!