Shiriku Tsui-Do by Vicki Square

Shiriku Tsui-Do

November 2010
Aran (8 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 8 - 5.0 mm
1534 - 1770 yards (1403 - 1618 m)
44 (48, 52)" (112 [122, 132] cm) circumference and 25 (26, 27)" (63.5 [66, 68.5] cm) in length.
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A kimono-style cardigan such as Shiriku Tsui-do is just the thing for a cool fall day. Throw it on over a long dress and add a dramatic necklace for a classy boho look. With simple construction and using basic stitch patterns, it’s simple enough for any beginning knitter, but sophisticated enough for more experienced knitters, too.

Finished Size: About 44 (48, 52)“ (112 [122, 132] cm) circumference and 25 (26, 27)” (63.5 66, 68.5 cm) in length. Kimono shown measures 48” (122 cm).

Yarn Weight: #4 - Medium

Needles: Size U.S. 8 (5 mm): 24” (60 cm) circular (cir) plus spare needle same size or smaller for three-needle BO.

Notions: Stitch holders; marker (m); removable markers; tapestry needle; knitting pins.

Gauge: 16 stitches and 24 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch.

The combination of akai (red), for passion, and moegi (a variety of green), for a restful and fresh feel, are a paradox in the color palette that create exciting color vibration. In Western color wheel terms, they are complementary, or opposites—a relationship that never fails to electrify each color. Among the many colors that are favored for Japanese kimono in the summer months are red, dead-leaf yellow, and sprout green. For this garment, I’ve chosen a soft red of medium value and intensity and a pale celery green for subtle embroidery to make it a year-round staple. Some of the most artistic surface embellishment comes from the historic folk textiles of commoners. In straightforward manner, running-stitch embroidery brings designs and images to life.

This silk tweed yarn has a very tactile surface texture with the appearance of raw woven silk, yet is soft to the touch. Th is length of kimono is versatility at its best—it can adapt to most skirt lengths and any pants. Enjoy!