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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New PhysicsKnits pattern - the Kowloon Cardigan

I'm thrilled to release my third PhysicsKnits: Designs by Connie Chang Chinchio design, the Kowloon Cardigan. For this garment, One Planet Yarn and Fiber provided me with Handmaiden's Flaxen, a luxurious blend of silk and linen; which makes for a light and summery cardigan. Linen and silk take up the dye differently, leading to a delightful tweedy look while feeling cool next to the skin. Mirrored panels of lace impart a pleasing symmetry which is set off by a wide, shallow shawl neck collar and bands closed by buttons and button loops. I chose natural, wooden buttons (from my trip to M&J Trimmings with Melissa and Ysolda) to complement the richness of the ivory colorway; but a more polished and dressy look can be had with mother of pearl buttons. Kowloon, an area of Hong Kong, is the birthplace of my mother and literally translated, means nine dragons. Eight of the dragons correspond to the eight mountains in the area; with the ninth representing the emperor.

When the weather turns hot, I find myself wanting to knit with cooler, smoother fabrics like cotton, linen, or silk. A feminine lace cardigan seems particularly well suited for these drapey fibers and so with this design, I was aiming to create a cover up for those spring or summer nights when the weather turns unexpectedly cool. To balance the airiness of the lace, I used moss stitch textured wide bands and a slight shawl collar. My friend, Jess, graciously agreed to model for me again and her husband, Vitaly Fomin, did the photography. For more photos, please see its Ravelry page.

Finished Size: 31¾ (34½, 37¼, 40, 42¾, 45½, 48¼, 51¼)”/80½ (87½, 94½, 101½, 108½, 115½, 122½, 130) cm bust circumference. Sample measures 34½”/87½ cm. Suggested ease: 0”/0 cm to 3”/7½cm positive ease.
Yarn: Handmaiden Flaxen (65% silk, 35% linen) 100 grams/274 yards (251 meters) in Ivory – 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6) skeins
Needles: Body – Size 4 circular needles. Moss Stitch Bands – Size 3 circular needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; stitch holders; stitch markers; C crochet hook.
Gauge: 23 sts and 32 rows = 4”/10 cm in lace st using larger needles.

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Blogger mel said...

This one might be my favorite yet. Gorgeous (and very refined) details - congratulations Connie, it's a beauty!!

11:43 AM  
Blogger jillian said...

So lovely!

4:29 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That is a beautiful cardi, and it reminds me on a beautiful and elegant friend of mine who I knew in Southern China.

It is like what someone would wear in Kowloon.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

I love this pattern, just beautiful!

8:08 PM  
Blogger persjanka said...


11:31 PM  
Anonymous Preeti said...

I love this pattern - the little button loops and the open stitch patterns, just lovely!

3:07 AM  
Blogger craftoholic said...

It's beautiful!

8:41 AM  
Anonymous kat said...

love it!

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gurl, how DO you come up with this stuff?!?!??! IT's GORGEOUS! I wish I had the talent you have. Teach me!!!

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kowloon is never cold enough for such a cardigan. "Qingdao" would be a better name.

Lovely cardigan otherwise.

5:11 PM  
Blogger fort nest said...


4:48 AM  
Blogger falln_angel said...

The last time we went to Hong Kong was in February, during a cold snap. (I think it got down to 14C!) Everyone was going around in heavy coats and scarves and hats, while my partner and I, being from Canada, occasionally put a denim jacket on over our sweaters and remarked on how pleasant the weather was compared to our previous visit (in mid-August). His family thought we were nuts, and were all worried that we'd freeze to death! I wish I'd had something like this for that trip though, although I'm sure they would have been even more concerned for my health if I did.

It's stunning!

8:50 AM  
Blogger FriendlyFossil said...

Your new design is lovely and elegant. This is sure to be a hit among the knitters on Ravelry. I'll watch for the traffic.

11:41 AM  
Blogger subliminalrabbit said...

stunning! i can't wait to knit it up!

7:06 AM  

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