Sunday, July 22, 2007

Hibiscus Pattern!

Here it is!

Size: XS (my measurements are bust 32, waist 26, hips 33) For a larger size, you could simply go up a needle size or two, or play with the cast on number and number of rows. Increasing needle size should not affect the look of the top, since the extensive blocking mine required opened up the stitches a lot anyway. I apologize for my lack of sizing information!

Materials:
About 450 yards of DK/light worsted bamboo yarn
US #7 circulars

Back:
CO 70
K 36 rows
Row 37: BO 5 st, K
Row 38: BO 5 st, K
Row 39-40: K
Row 41: k1, sl, k2tog, psso, K to last 3, k3tog
Rows 42-45: K
Repeat rows 41-45 3 more times
Row 61: K1, yo, K to last stitch, yo, K1
Rows 62-65: K
Row 66: K 16, attach second ball of yarn, BO 14, K 16
Row 67: K
Row 68: K14, SSK, K2tog, K
Row 69: K
Row 70: K12, SSK, K2tog, K
Row 71: K
BO


Front pieces (make 2):
CO 37
K 16 rows
Row 17: K, K2tog
Rows 18-21: K
Row 22: SSK, K
Rows 23-26: K
Row 27: K, k2tog
Rows 28-31: K
Row 32: ssk, K
Row 33-36: K
Row 37: BO 5, K, k2tog
Row 38-40: K
Row 41: k1, sl, k2tog, psso, K
Row 42: ssk, K
Row 43-45: K
Row 46: K, k3tog
Row 47: K, k2tog
Rows 48-50: K
Row 51: k1, sl, k2tog, psso, K
Row 52: ssk, K
Rows 53-55: K
Row 56: K, k3tog
Row 57: K, k2tog
Rows 58-61: K
Row 62: ssk, K
Row 63-66: K
Row 67: K, k2tog
Row 68-71: K
Row 72: K, SSK
Rows 73: K
Row 74: K, SSK
Row 75: K
BO

Sleeves (make 2):
CO 54
Row 1: K
Row 2: SSK, K, k2tog
Row 3: SSK, K, k2tog
Repeat rows 1 &2 8 more times
Row 20: K
Row 21: K
BO

Seaming:
Seam together the sides below the armholes and the top (shoulders) of the back and two front pieces. Also sew together the two front pieces at the middle, creating the V-neck. It now looks like a vest. Sew the sleeves around the armholes and stitch about an inch of the two ends of the sleeves together. If that’s hard to follow, here’s a picture (seam together the matching colors).



Bottom (knit in the round):
Pick up 144 around bottom and join in the round
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: *k2tog 3 times, k1 yo 6 times, k2tog 3 times*
Row 4: P
Repeat rows 1-4 15 more times
Rows 65-68: K
BO loosely

Finishing:
Use a fabric glue to attach ribbon along the v-neck. Cut a piece of ribbon 62 inches long and center it directly below the point of the V-neck. It should slightly overlap the other ribbon. Glue it down at the spot and about 3 inches out to each side. Make sure not to glue too much of this ribbon down, because it will not stretch. The remainder of this ribbon will tie around the back.

7 comments:

Katie said...

I saw this on craftster...and just wanted to say that it's beautiful! Congrats on your design! (And now I want to try bamboo yarn...)

:)

lori said...

I just saw this on craftster and wanted to thank you for the pattern. This is almost exactly what has been going around in my head the last week or so but I haven't bothered trying to figure it out yet. Now I don't have to! Thanks again. It looks really great.

Chrissy said...

That's so beautiful! It's definatley going on my to do list!

Jordan said...

Thanks for the great comments! The bamboo yarn was amazing to work with! I'm so glad I could write a pattern that others enjoy! If you have any questions when knitting it, let me know and I'll try to help!

Gabrielle said...

WOW!!!!

This is such a pretty design!!
I too am almost 18 and it's so nice to see other young designers out there.

Good luck with future designs!!

Gabi

Prilene said...

Very interesting pattern, most defnite gonna try it out!!!
Thank you!!!.....:)))
Prilene Stroud from Cape Town, South Africa..

Prilene said...

Very interesting pattern, most defnite gonna try it out!!!
Thank you!!!.....:)))
Prilene Stroud from Cape Town, South Africa..