CHINESE FANS is a large, soft and enveloping elegant waterfall cardigan/wrap, just glorious to drape around your body. LIGHT MOONSHINE (or any of our soft and luxurious DK yarns) can be used to create this garment. A moss-stitch border provides simplicity to the elaborate pattern motif and the beads* add glamour and charm.
When designing I always think of ease and simplicity for the knitter - so CHINESE FANS is knitted in one piece. I have spoken to many knitters and scores of you have said that finishing a garment professionally is one of the most frustrating (and time-consuming) parts of knitting. This garment is worked sideways; cast-on, work left panel to arm-hole, around the back to the second arm-hole, then back around to finish working on the right panel and then cast off. Sew-in 2 strands of yarn at the beginning and end. Done.
To get an idea of size - Belinda wearing CHINESE FANS: UK size 16/18, height 5'
YOU WILL NEED
7 x 100g LIGHT MOONSHINE, 225m/100g, 70% alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere
4mm circular needle (100cm, work forwards and backwards), cable needle and sewing-up needle
170 beads (4 x 10gram packets of size 6 gunmetal round seed beads from Beads Direct)
GAUGE: 20sts to 10cm over stocking stitch using 4mm needles
TO FIT SIZE: UK 12 – 22
Beads are placed at the beginning and end of the fans on rows, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 25, 27, 29, 31 ABBREVIATIONS k: knit | p: purl | st(s): stitch(es) | R: row C7B: cable to back: slip next 4sts onto cable needle, hold at back of work, k3, then k4 from cable needle. k?tog tbl: insert right-hand needle from right to left through back of next ? st/s on left-hand needle and k st/s together. K3tog: k 3 sts together to create one st.
*Cast on sts for sleeves: twist working yarn into loop and slip onto right needle. Or use the long-tail cast-on method, using a piece of waste yarn and sew-in end before continuing to work.