Penguono by Stephen West


March 2014
yarn held together
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
800 - 1300 yards (732 - 1189 m)
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Gather a colorful array of stash and scrap yarns and knit a versatile statement piece! Begin with a seed stitch rectangle followed by a series of welts on the back. The sides and fronts are knit sideways in garter stitch with simple v-neck shaping. Then, work two rectangles for the shoulders and tapered seed stitch sleeves. Garter stitch short rows form the collar and another garter stitch rectangle forms the bottom band, all outlined in I-cord. Upon completion, you have a fun short sleeved jacket, but flip it upside down and it becomes a long dramatic and shapely coat. The improvisational stripes and color blocks provide endless entertainment and you can add fringe to back for extra drama. I imagine if a Penguin were to wear a type of kimono jacket in my dream world, it would look something like this, a Penguono!

Sizes: S (M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)

Finished Measurements: 42 (48, 54, 60, 68, 80)“ / 107 (122, 137, 152, 173, 203)cm chest circumference.
XXL sample is modeled on a 41” / 104cm chest circumference with 27” / 69cm of positive ease. Garment is designed to fit with a dramatically oversized, boxy effect.

Chest circumference is determined by row gauge so you can mix yarns with a different needle and gauge for another size.

Chest circumference 4” / 10cm in garter stitch Recommended yarn weight
42” / 107cm 20 sts / 44 rows Fingering
48” / 122cm 18 sts / 40 rows DK
54” / 137cm 16 sts / 36 rows DK / Worsted
60” / 152cm 14 sts / 32 rows Worsted
68” / 173cm 12 sts / 28 rows Chunky
80” / 203cm 10 sts / 24 rows Chunky

Yarn: Use stash and scrap yarns of all weights by holding them together to get your desired gauge. Have fun and play with different fibers and adventurous color combinations. The XXL sample pictured used the following yarns held together for a chunky weight gauge.

1 strand chunky weight
1 strand worsted weight + 1 strand fingering or lace weight
2 strands DK weight
3 strands fingering weight
1 strand DK weight + 2 strands fingering or lace weight

Yarn Amounts: Approximately 800 (900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300)g total

Needles: 40” US 10.5 / 6.5mm circular (for XXL size) or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: 1 stitch marker, 1 split ring marker, tapestry needle, yarn or cord for closure

Gauge: 20 18, 16, 14, 12, 10 sts & 44 40, 36, 32, 28, 24 rows = 4” / 10cm in garter stitch

Pattern Notes: Instructions include when to break yarn after each section, but instructions do not indicate what colors to use or when to stripe yarns. Those choices are totally up to you! Improvise and play with stripes and color blocks within each section. The instructions include several photos to use for color and construction reference.

As you knit each section, you can refer to this front and back view to visualize and plan your color choices. Each number corresponds to that section’s number in the written instructions.

Row 1 (RS): K1, (k1, p1) to last st, sl1 wyif. (this is only incorrect in the version in the Westknits Bestknits 2 book.)
Row 1 (RS): Slip first 28 sts onto waste yarn, k37, sl1 wyif.
Row 1 (RS): K37, sl1 wyif, slip next 28 sts onto waste yarn.
Row 27 (RS): CO 28 sts, k 37, sl1 wyif. 66 sts

For the brioche border option in the Penguono from Westknits Bestknits Number 2, Row 3 should read Row 3 (RS) both times.

English PDF corrected August 16, 2018