Sunday, October 14, 2012

Koukla: What's Old is New Again

Two years ago today, I was around 20 weeks pregnant, the Giants were playing in the National League Championship Series, and the book Brave New Knits, which I was utterly delighted and honored to be a part of, had just been published.  Fast forward to today, I have an 18 month old rascal running around mimicking everything I do*, the Giants are in the NLCS again**, and the digital rights to my Brave New Knits pattern have reverted back to me.  Good times!!

Koukla Cardigan - $6 via Ravelry (no account required)

Koukla (Greek for "doll") is a flattering cardigan with an empire waist and pockets. The bodice is knit in pieces with set-in sleeves, and the skirt portion is picked up from the bottom of the bodice and worked down to the hem. The sleeves are worked along with the skirt in a unique way that requires no finishing.

Finished Measurements
Bust: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50)”/ 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127) cm
Length: 22½ (23½, 24¼, 25, 25, 25¾)”/ 57 (59.5, 61.5, 63.5, 63.5, 65.5) cm

Yarn & Needles
Rowan Kid Classic (70% lambswool, 26% kid Mohair, 4% nylon; 153yds/140m per 50g); color: Lavender Ice (841); 6 (7, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins or 945 (1070, 1195, 1320, 1450, 1575) yds/865 (980, 1095, 1205, 1325, 1440) m of a worsted weight yarn
US 7/4.5mm circular needle, 40-60”/100-150cm long depending on size, or size needed to obtain gauge

20 sts & 28 rows = 4" in St st

The pattern has been spruced up a bit, with new photos and layout (in easy-to-read pdf format) as well as a recheck of the wording and numbers.  This was one of my very early sweater designs, but it's remained one of my favorites -- since I got the sample back, it's definitely become a wardrobe staple. And, if I remember correctly, it was quite the fun knit, too.

So, if you don't have a copy of the book but are interested in making a Koukla of your own, now you can!

* He's recently grasped the concept "please" and that it makes his parents very happy when he uses it.  So what does he now use it for?  "Coo-kie?  Coo-kie?  COO-KIE?  BEESS!!!" ("Beess" = please)  I'm sorry to say....this is just like his mama.
** If you'd like to discuss the baseball postseason, please come find me on Twitter.  For some reason, baseball is the only thing I have any confidence discussing on the internet (besides knitting, of course).


Suzanne said...

This sweater has been in my queue ever since I received my copy of Brave New Knits. I hope you get a lot of knitting done while you watch your Giants!

Aline said...

Hiya! sending knitty hugs...xx

Anonymous said...

That sweater is adorable! I love the shape, the yarn choice, the buttons, everything! It's also a good shape for hiding a bit of a tummy if you're trying to keep a secret :P