Don't worry, no wyverns were harmed to create this jacket! Instead, the "Dragon Skin" pattern from Barbara Walker's 2nd Treasury of Knitting Patterns embellishes a simple wrap with a tie closure. The fronts (including sleeves and front edging) are worked from hem to shoulders, then joined with cast-on stitches at the back of the neck, and from there, back plus sleeves are worked in one piece to the hem. Finishing: edge the back neck, seam sides and underarms, and add ties and snap (for the inner wrap edge) at the waist. The kimono-style sleeves do not taper, so directions for Dramatic (full-length or longer), Practical (just above wrist length) and 3/4-length sleeves are included. (Recommended: Practical or 3/4-length, unless you have strong diva-like tendencies.) Measured ease is standard (2-4"), but may seem greater when worn, due to the wrap style; those who prefer a more fitted look may want to make one size smaller than usual. Length is just above the hip (though length from waist to hem is easily altered), and side decreases and increases gently shape the waist.
Difficulty is intermediate; skills include chart reading, casting on mid-row, modified I-cord ties, and keeping accurate track of row #s.
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Shown in Size S with Practical Sleeves and with 3" ease at bust.