Zelkova has been a long time coming. I finished knitting this sweater more than a year ago. Then I decided to make a second one to make sure my numbers with the first one were correct.
(This gray version is made with Plymouth Yarns Worsted Merino Superwash and is a size 38".)
Then there was test knitting - thank you Karen, Jill & Lisa. And tech editing - thank you Jaya. And then there was me sitting on the pattern, not sure why, I guess I wanted to be sure that everything was just so.
Finally I decided that today is the day. With the mild winter we've had Spring is already in the air here in NYC and this pattern with it's three-quarter sleeves and leaf lace panels makes me think SPRING.
I loved working with The Fibre Company's Road to China yarn. This is some seriously soooooft yarn. Seriously. Soft. Now I might start sounding like a broken record on the Fibre Company's colors, but you cannot find a bad one in the bunch. I love this dusty, yet lively green. It mixes very well with most of my wardrobe, so my Zelkova gets worn a lot.
Finished Measurements: 30 [32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52]” at bust.
Shown in size 36” with 1” of ease on my girls and about 2" of negative ease on me.
Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4”(10 cm) in stockinette on larger needles Be sure to check gauge
Yarn: The Fiber Company Road To China; 65 % baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel, 10% cashmere; 69 yds (63m) per 50 g skein, color: Malachite 9[10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17] skeins
Needles: One pair US 9 (5.5mm) 32” circular
One pair US 9 (5.5mm) DPNs
One pair US 10 (6 mm) 32” circular
One pair US 10 (6mm) DPNs
or size to obtain gauge
Other Materials: 8 Markers in two colors - 4 “A” markers and 4 “B” markers, scrap yarn, 8[8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9] 3/4” buttons, tapestry needle
Price: $6.50 US
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