The Daily Purl

sculpture. texture. knitting.


Chinese Style Pullover
Hand-Knit Works by Setsuko Torii
(Kit 89 from habu)
A-60-115 & 117 Shosenshi Paper, 6mm needles
mods: 5 extra Reps to length, single crochet around armholes
5 brown 19 mm buttons (#BO-8-1) from habu
* the first three photos were taken yesterday after it had been hand washed (it felt like seaweed when wet, but once dry it retained the texture), the last photograph was taken outside in bright light a week ago immediately after finishing
Sculpture. Texture. Knitting.
A garment that bears greater resemblance to a piece of art than a softly folded sweater on the shelf. And yet I love it. I finished this top while traveling and didn’t realize until later that the neck line was off – more boat neck than turtleneck. I didn’t fix it because after sewing the two pieces together the neck line felt quite comfortable. The V’s that make up the stitch pattern accentuate the nature of the yarn, flat linen contrasted by purly bumps. The dark and delicate buttons really complete the pullover. The Japanese numbering system, challenging at first but quickly clear and easy to understand, made for a interesting knit. There were so many things about this project that were new and challenging – a new way to read and execute a pattern, a new yarn (with the cones on a towel rod type tool for smooth knitting), a new construction (I really like the way the arm holes and shoulders are constructed). Surprisingly comfortable when worn, the sound that is created when on the needles doesn’t disappear with the bind off. My movements are accompanied by subtle sounds – it’s as if I am walking through fields of wheat.
I cast on for this project after seeing Pullovers by Kirsten and Olga – thanks for the inspiration!
Eager to start another Setsuko Torii design as soon as this one was finished, I started another project from Hand-Knit Works…..details later this week.

9 thoughts on “sculpture. texture. knitting.

  1. A beautiful finished piece. The paper does feel like seaweed doesn’t it when wet!
    Just the inspiration to move forward and get mine done now too.

  2. This is so very beautiful, I am really going to have get my hands on a habu kit.

  3. aha! i have been waiting to see your finished product.
    and it was well worth the wait.
    lovely colour combination.
    stunning result.
    [and i thought i spied a different neckline! 🙂 ]

  4. Lovely! I made a swatch for mine, and realized that I really like the texture of wet shosenshi…

  5. such a lovely garment. beautiful work, brooke! i think habu should send you some compensation 😉

  6. It’s lovely! I want to cast on for one too immediately!

  7. Vraiment j’adore !!!! I love i love !!!

  8. I just bought this kit, and I’m excited to make it. But I’m perplexed over the instructions. I’m guessing that you must make the back panel in a mirror image to the front panel, rather than two exactly alike? And I don’t see how 75 stitches = 20 inches at the hem, but 75 stitches = 25″ at the bust.

  9. It is so beautiful.

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