Sep 032013

Koa | The Knitting Vortex

Koa is a shapely cardigan jacket with short sleeves, knit using the contiguous method all in one piece with absolutely no picking up stitches or seaming. Smooth stockinette stitch graces the body, while the fitted stand up collar, hem and cuffs are garter stitch, with additional texture in the broken rib and garter button band, worked simultaneously with the body.
Acacia koa is a species of flowering tree endemic to the Hawaiian Islands, which has rich golden brown wood; its name in the Hawaiian language, koa, also means brave, bold, fearless, or warrior.
Be fearless and fabulous in this chic little jacket.

Techniques & Skills Used: contiguous construction, long-tail CO, knit/purl, short rows, increasing/decreasing, simultaneous shaping.

Size: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40.5, 44, 47.5, 50.75)” bust. This fitted cardigan is designed to be worn with some positive ease; shown in third size with 1” ease.

Yarn: Madelinetosh Vintage (100% Superwash Merino; 200 yards/183m); 4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) skeins, shown in Glazed Pecan.

Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (7); Stitch holders (2); Yarn needle; 7/8” buttons 9 (10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11); Matching sewing thread and needle.

Gauge: 18 st and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 18 st and 28 rows/4” in Broken Rib, 18 st and 40 rows/4” in garter stitch, measured after blocking.

See it on Ravelry to read more or purchase the pattern.    

Koa | The Knitting Vortex | arm detail  Koa | The Knitting Vortex | left front view  Koa | The Knitting Vortex | neck and shoulder detail