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Ryuu-ko

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By Daniela Nii

Dragons, knights and castles have been ruling the world of my 5 year old for the last couple of weeks and months. It’s been lots of fun to listen to and to watch him attempt to draw his creative dragons & knight stories. Imagine the glee when I showed him a design of Flying Dragons circling castle walls! His excitement was so contagious that I even tackled a seamless, bottom-up, raglan design for this sweater that knit up in no time. "Ryuu-ko" means "Dragon Child" in Japanese.

SIZE

2T [4, 6, 8, 10]

Shown in size 6

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Chest: 24 [26, 28.5, 30.5, 32.75] inches
Length: 15.5 [16.5, 17.5, 19.5, 21] inches
Sleeve Length to Underarm: 8.5 [10.5, 11.5, 12.5, 13.5] inches

MATERIALS

Knit Picks Wool of the Andes [100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 110 yards/100 meters per 1.75 ounce/50 gram skein];

            #24076 - Onyx Heather [MC]; 3[4, 4, 5, 6] skeins
            #23425 - Cranberry [CC1]; 1 skein (all sizes)
            #24065 - White [CC2]; 1[2, 2, 2, 2] skeins

Optional:
Sulky Silver Metallic Thread [60% Polyester, 40% Polyethylene; 250 yards/200 meters per spool];

            #145-8040 – Opalescent [CC3]; 1 spool

Recommended needle sizes

US #7/4.5 mm 24 inch circular needle and dpns (set of 4) or 2 circular needles of longer length

NOTIONS

6 Stitch markers (one of which should be unique to mark the End-Of-Round (EOR))
Tapestry needle

GAUGE

22 sts and 26 rnds = 4 inches in Dragon pattern in the round

PATTERN NOTES

This sweater is worked from the bottom up with no seams. The body is worked to the underarms and set aside. Then the sleeves are worked and attached to the body. Then the yoke is worked in the round including the neck shaping. Stitches are picked up for the neck band. The underarm stitches are grafted together with the Kitchener stitch.

I’ve added the Sulky Silver Metallic Thread to the white yarn to give it a little bit of a sparkle, just like when the sun hits the snow.

Fair Isle technique requires you to work with two colors per round at the same time.

The charts are read from the right to the left.

If you don’t have a 24 inch circular needle, use 2 longer circular needles, split the stitches evenly between the two needles (preferably front and back sts) and work in the round by using the opposite end of the circular needle that the stitches are on. At the end of the needle, move to the second circular needle and use its opposite end to work off the stitches. This approach also works for the sleeves so that you won’t need dpns.

SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS AND STITCHES

EOR - End of round
LRI - Left raised increase: Work to and including the stitch for which the increase will fall on the left side. Insert the left needle from the front to the back into the left edge of the stitch in the row below. Knit the picked-up stitch from the row below.
RRI - Right raised increase: Work to the stitch for which the increase will fall on the right side. Insert the right needle from the front to the back into the right edge of the stitch in the row below. Knit the picked-up stitch from the row below and the next stitch on the needle.

 

Skills Required

Knitting in the round on circular needle or double pointed needles, Fair Isle, and chart reading.


INSTRUCTIONS

BODY

With MC, cast on 124 [136, 148, 160, 172] sts.
Place EOR marker. Being careful not to twist, join to knit in the round.

RIBBING BAND

Work 6[6, 8, 8, 8] rnds of p2, k2 ribbing.
Increase Rnd: * K15[17, 18, 20, 21], M1, k16[17, 19, 20, 22], M1; repeat from * 3 times more: 132[144, 156, 168, 180] sts.
Next 2 Rnds: Knit around.

BODY

Dragons 1 Chart Rnds: Join CC1 and knit around following the Dragons 1 chart, adding CC2 on the third rnd (optional: combine CC2 with CC3), working in Fair Isle technique. Work the Dragons 1 chart 11[12, 13, 14, 15] times around.

Break CC1.

Dragons 2 Chart Rnds:  Join MC and knit around following the Dragons 2 chart, adding CC2 on the third rnd (optional: combine CC2 with CC3), working in Fair Isle technique. Work the Dragons 2 chart 11[12, 13, 14, 15] times around.

Do not break yarn.

Ribbon Chart Rnds: With MC, knit around following the Ribbon chart, working in Fair Isle technique. Work the Ribbon chart 33[36, 39, 42, 45] times around.

Break CC2 (and CC3).

With MC, knit around until piece measures approximately 8.75 [9.25, 10, 11.5, 12.5] inches from the cast on edge or your desired length to the underarm. Place a marker after the 66th[72nd, 78th, 84th, 90th] st to mark opposite side seam. Set aside.

SLEEVE (make 2)

With MC, cast on 40 [44, 48, 52, 56] sts.
Place a marker. Being careful not to twist, join to knit in the round.

RIBBING BAND

Work 6[6, 8, 8, 8] rnds of p2, k2 ribbing.
Increase Rnd: *K5[11, 6, 6, 7], M1, k5[11, 6, 7, 7], M1; repeat from * 3 [1, 3, 3, 3] times more: 48 [48, 56, 60, 64] sts.
Next 2 Rnds: Knit around.

SLEEVE BODY

Join CC1 and knit around following the Dragons 3 chart, adding CC2 on the third rnd (optional: combine CC2 with CC3), working in Fair Isle technique. Work the Dragons 3 chart 4[4, 4, 5, 5] times around plus any partial pattern as marked in chart.

Break CC1.

Ribbon Chart Rnds: Join MC and knit around following the Ribbon chart, working in Fair Isle technique. Work the Ribbon chart 12[12, 14, 15, 16] times around.

Break CC2 (and CC3).

Sleeve Shaping
Knit 0[0, 10, 14, 18] rnds.
Increase Rnd: LRI, knit around to last st, RRI: 50[50, 58, 62, 66] sts.

Continue to increase 2 sts in same manner, every 6[6, 8, 8, 8] rnds, 1[3, 1, 1, 1] time more: 52[56, 60, 64, 68] sts.

Break yarn leaving a 12 inch tail. Set aside.

YOKE

Preparation
On each sleeve, slip 10[10, 12, 12, 14] sts onto waste yarn so that half of them are from before the stitch marker (undo the knitting for those stitches) and half of them are from after the marker. Remove the stitch marker. Tie the waste yarn so that the stitches won’t slide off.

On the body, slip 10[10, 12, 12, 14] sts onto waste yarn so that half of them are from before the EOR marker (undo the knitting for those stitches) and half of them are from after the marker. Remove the EOR marker. Tie the waste yarn so that the stitches won’t slide off.

At the second side seam marker, run waste yarn through 10 [10, 12, 12, 14] sts so that half of them are from before the marker and half are from after the marker (sts and marker are still on the needle). Tie the waste yarn so that the stitches won’t slide off.

Hold the body in front of you so that the remaining side marker is on your right hand side. Lay the sleeves next to the body so that the resting underarm stitches line up with the resting underarm stitches of the body.

Rnd 1 (Joining Rnd): Holding the body needle in your right hand, place the unique stitch marker (EOR) onto your right needle, using the yarn from the body, knit the remaining sleeve sts of the first sleeve, pm, knit across the body sts (back) to the beginning of the body sts on the waste yarn, pm, knit the remaining sleeve sts of the second sleeve, pm, knit across the body sts (front) to the EOR marker. All sts should now be on one circular needle: 196 [216, 228, 248, 260] sts.

The sections should have the following stitch count:
            Front and back sections, each: 56[62, 66, 72, 76] sts.
            Each sleeve section: 42[46, 48, 52, 54] sts.

Knit 6[7, 5, 6, 5] rnds.

Raglan Shaping
Rnd 1 (Raglan decrease rnd): * Pm, k1, k2tog, knit to within 2 sts of next marker, ssk; repeat from * 3 times more: 188[208, 220, 240, 252] sts.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until there are 24 sts left on the sleeve section between the markers, ending with Rnd 2.

Front Neck Shaping
NOTE: Raglan decreases and front neck shaping are worked AT THE SAME TIME. Please read all instructions before starting this section.

With sts still on needle, run waste yarn through 8[10, 12, 14, 16] center front stitches (there should be 15 sts on each side of center front sts and raglan markers. Tie the waste yarn so that the stitches won’t slide off. These resting stitches are part of the front neck shaping.

RyuukoRow 1 (raglan decrease row): Work a decrease rnd until you come to the center front sts on the waste yarn. Remove these sts from the needle. With a scrap of MC, knit across to last 2 sts, ssk. Slip sts from right front neck back to left needle.
You will now work back and forth on the needle beginning at the left front neck with the main body yarn.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl across.
Row 3 (raglan and neck decrease row): Slip 1, k2tog, knit around to last 3 sts decreasing as established at raglan seam lines, ssk, k1.
Rows 4-10: Repeat Rows 2 and 3, 3 times, then repeat Row 2 once more: 6 sts left on each front section.

Right Back Neck Shaping
NOTE: Raglan decreases and back neck shaping are worked AT THE SAME TIME. Please read all instructions before starting this section.

With sts still on needle, run waste yarn through 12[14, 16, 18, 20] center back stitches (there should be 8 sts on each side of center back sts and raglan markers). Tie the waste yarn so that the stitches won’t slide off. These resting stitches are part of the back neck shaping.

Row 1 (raglan decrease row): Work a decrease row until you come to the back center sts on the waste yarn. Remove these sts from the needle. Set aside left neck sts.
You will now work the right neck back and forth on the needle.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl across.
Row 3: Knit across to last 3 sts decreasing as established at raglan seam lines, ssk, k1.
Rows 4 and 5: Repeat Rows 2 and 3.
Break yarn and set remaining sts aside.

Left Back Neck Shaping
NOTE: Raglan decreases and back neck shaping are worked AT THE SAME TIME. Please read all instructions before starting this section.

Row 1 (raglan decrease row): Start at back neck edge, knit across decreasing at raglan seam lines.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl across.
Row 3: K1, k2tog, knit across decreasing at raglan seam lines.
Rows 4-6: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 once, then repeat Row 2 once more.
Do not break yarn.

RyuukoNeck Band

Rnd 1: Knit across left neck and shoulder, pick up sts evenly along left front neck edge, knit across sts on front neck waste yarn, pick up sts evenly along right front neck edge, knit across sts on right neck and shoulder, pick up sts evenly along right back neck edge, knit across sts on back neck waste yarn, pick up sts evenly along right back neck edge. Adjust sts so that the resulting stitch count is a multiple of 4. Place EOR marker.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rnd 3: With CC2 (optional: combine CC2 with CC3) knit around.
Rnd 4: * K2, p2; repeat from * around.
Rnd 5: * With CC2 k2, with MC k2; repeat from * around.
Rnd 6: * With CC2 k2, with MC p2; repeat from * around. Break CC2 (and CC3).
Rnd 7: With MC, knit around.
Rnds 8-10: * K2, p2; repeat from * around.
Bind off all sts loosely in pattern.

FINISHING

Using Kitchener stitch, graft underarm sts together.

Weave in all ends. Block if you desire.

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Daniela

Knitting is just one of many techniques Daniela likes to use in her many crafting projects – she is a proud multi-crafter. Her precious crafting time keeps her sane in a high-paced life with two young boys, husband and her own software consulting business. You can follow her crafting projects on her blog and sometimes something makes it into her Etsy store. She is also on Ravelry as nikkisstudio.

 

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