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Modern stitch patterns meet traditional sensibilities in one garment. The fold-and-join components of are influenced by the elegant geometry of kimono construction and origami. Gently braided cables and pretty seed stitch add the flavour. Wide overlapping fronts can hang open or be buttoned shut. Wear it to suit your personality. A versatile piece that works as well in linen as it does in cashmere.

Available as an individual pattern download, or as part of the 5-pattern Layer Collection.

Skill Level intermediate

Finished Measurements Bust measured with wrap flat, closed 44 (46, 48) inches Length from base of neck to back hem 25 (26, 27) inches Note about fit: Sonnet is a loose-fitting garment that is somewhere between a shawl and a cardigan, and suits a variety of body types. Three size are provided, but feel free to modify as you like. As you knit the main piece, drape it around your neck as you go to decide what length you like best.

Yarn 5 (5, 6) skeins medium weight yarn, 218 yards (199 meters)/100 grams each. Shown in (light grey version) Americo Original Mezcla de Lujo, 70% merino 30% cashmere, and (dark brown version) Americo Original Linen Tanguis,50% linen 50% cotton. Choose something with some drape that you will enjoy next to the neck.

Gauge 19 stitches and 25 rows = 4"/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch after blocking.

Needles US 8/5.0 mm straight or circular (or size needed to obtain gauge. The linen version was worked one needle size smaller to obtain gauge. ) One size smaller than gauge in your preferred method for working in the round

Other Supplies safety pins for marking 2 stitch markers 4 medium (3/4 - 7/8 inch) buttons blunt yarn needle

Construction Notes Construction is simple: the fronts and upper back are made from one long rectangle. Lower back is picked up from the edge of this rectangle and worked from the top down. Sides are seamed, leaving openings for armholes. Buttonbands are knit with the garment. Armhole bands are picked up and worked after joining sides.

Acknowledgements Thank you Nicole for modelling.

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