Peony is a glorious love letter to dramatic-yet-wearable shapes. Its cropped length is balanced out by the deep V-neck and balloon sleeves, while the lines of twisted stitches travelling down the body add texture. On the sleeves, they transform into peony buds hiding delicate petals.
The pattern starts with thesleeves, worked without shaping to create volume, from the cuff up and in the round. The yoke fronts and back are worked top-down and in pieces. It is shaped by raglan and circular increases, with various twisted ribbing patterns. After joining the sleeves and yoke, the body is then knitted flat. The button band is picked up afterward and the yoke is finished with a Three-Needle Bind-Off, which can be done before knitting the body to check the length.
Carmen wears a size 2 with 9 cm / 3.5" of positive ease.
4 mm / US 6 circular needle with a cable length of at least 80 cm / 32” (or needle size to obtain gauge)
3.5 mm / US 4 circular needle with a cable length of at least 80 cm / 32” (or needle size to obtain gauge)
To work this pattern using the magic loop technique, use a circular needle with a cable length of at least 80 cm / 32” instead of double-pointed needles.
21 sts x 26 rounds = 10 x 11 cm / 4 x 4.5” (in the round, in Blossom Stitch Chart, on larger needle, after blocking)
26 sts x 27 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (worked flat and in the round, in 2x4 Twisted Ribbing,on larger needle, after blocking)
22 sts x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (worked flat and in the round, in 1x2 Twisted Ribbing,on larger needle, after blocking)
25 sts x 30 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4” (worked flat, in 1x1 ribbing, on smaller needle, after blocking)
• 4 Buttons (15mm / 0.5”)
• Blocking tools (blocking mats, t-pins, blocking wires)
• Crochet hook (3.5 mm / US E/4)
• Darning needle
• Removable stitch markers (optional)
• Scrap yarn
• Spare 3.5 mm / US 4 needle for Three-Needle Bind-Off and Italian Tubular Bind-Off
• Stitch markers
• Tape measure
The bigger sister of De Rerum Natura's Ulysse, De Rerum Natura's Gilliatt is a wonderful round, soft and satisfying fluffy yarn that shows off cables just as well as stockinette stitch. It's a delight to knit with - a perfect yarn for beginners as well as super advanced knitters - and comes in a range of gorgeous colors.