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Editor’s letter

Sometimes when I’m knitting, I’m really in the zone. I’ve usually got a few projects on the go, and I pick them up and put them down as the mood takes me. But sometimes, it just doesn’t click. Maybe there’s a section that seems to go on forever, or I’ve got to face up to a whole lot of ripping out, or there’s a WIP that I’ve just plain fallen out of love with. What to do in this situation? Shove the offending projects to the back of the wardrobe and pretend I can’t hear them crying to me like whinging children? Rip them out and start all over again? Or just cast on something new and hope the balance is restored? I’ve found that there are certain things I need to be totally happy in my knitting. I need to be knitting a gift for someone (although I do love to have something for myself on my needles too). I need to have something chunky that I can see growing. And I don’t know why, but I just don’t feel right if I’m not knitting socks. It may be that I need to take a more mindful approach to my knitting. In this issue, The Mindfulness in Knitting author Rachael Matthews looks at how you can start, or restart, your mindful knitting programme, while knitting and wellness expert Betsan Corkhill explores the way different projects can affect your mood. And don’t worry if you’ve got a touch of the winter blues – embrace them instead with our collection of knits in beautiful blues, from shawls to oversized cardigans to a maxi-length coat that will make you look and feel like a real-life mermaid.

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Editor’s letter News Spotlight on Style file Your views Coming next month Purl about town

REVIEWS 18 Books and pieces NEVER MISS AN ISSUE! 21 Yarn review Find your nearest shop that stocks Knitting GALLERIES with this handy postcode finder and never miss an issue again! seymour.magzene.com 25 Fashion 40 Home 42 Gifts

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Guest column: Betsan Corkhill Feature: mindfulness in knitting Profile: Linda Lencovic

HOW TO 50 Techniques A-Z: double knitting from a chart 76 Fairisle and garter stitch masterclass 89 Essential information

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CHILDREN’S 81 Maisie 83 Abe 85 Garden Play hat and cowl set 86 Gentle Waves baby blanket

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Beat the blues shawl Cable edge shawl Aeolica hat After the Storm fingerless mitts 87 Molly cowl

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We catch up on the latest yarns

UNTANGLE YOUR COLOURWORK

Tired of getting your yarns in a tangle on Fairisle and intarsia projects? Pony’s latest invention, the knitter’s thimble, could be the solution. This clever little device guides multiple strands over the fingers, and at just £1.99 from craft, wool and hobby shops around the country it’s definitely worth a try.

WONDERFUL WENSLEYDALE A former NHS practice manager has taken over a Yorkshire shop and wool business. Knitter Kath Hume found out last April that the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Shop in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, was up for sale as its then owners were getting ready to retire. By the end of September she had the keys in her hand, and she is now setting out to carry on the previous owners’ legacy and make her own mark on the business. It’s the only wool shop in Leyburn and only sells its own yarn – which is sourced from rare breed Wensleydale Longwool sheep through the British Wool Marketing Board and then spun, dyed and balled in Yorkshire. Although Kath has been knitting for as long as she can remember, she hadn’t been dreaming of making a career out of wool, and says the career change came as “a bit of a curveball”. “I had worked for the NHS for 20 years when, purely by chance, a friend of mine told

me the shop was for sale. I wasn’t looking to change career, but the temptation became too great and I thought, I really want to do this,” she tells Knitting. “We spent the summer doing the due diligence on it. My husband, who is an IT consultant, and I felt it was something we could do together.” Since Kath took over the business in September she has set up an e-commerce website and started making appearances at shows, including the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate. Kath believes her past role as a practice manager at a GP’s surgery has equipped her well for the wool business. She says: “The business is a real juggling act, there are so many strands to it. I am project managing the whole process. I’ve always had that knowledge of knitting, and it’s fantastic that I can combine it with a career.”

KNITTING UP A GEM

West Yorkshire Spinners has released a collection of yarns in bright jewel shades, inspired by precious stones. The Wensleydale Gems Collection is spun from 100% Wensleydale fleece in 20 shades, including Fire Opal, Moon Stone, Topaz and Lapis Blue. The DK weight palette comes in 100g hanks 225m long, priced at £8.50.

BATH-TIME FUN

Bath time is great, but there’s one problem – knitting can be a serious challenge. Now Wendy has come up with an ingenious solution. Its Wash Knit yarn – “for pots and pits” – plus a new leaflet of fun bath accessories to knit, including cute bee and sunflower wash cloths. With these to hand, you’ll never be too far from your knitting – even in the bath. knit tingmag.com

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LANG LAUNCHES CASHMERE LIGHT Lang Yarns has launched Cashmere Light, a yarn made from 88% cashmere that knits up on 5.5mm to 6mm needles. Described as soft, cuddly and featherlight, Cashmere Light has a knitted construction and is blended with elastic nylon to give it volume and airy lightness. Lang Yarns says: “Especially high quality, exquisite natural fibres are used for this handknitting yarn. The cashmere is made from fine material obtained from the undercoat of the cashmere goat. Cashmere Light is a must-have during the winter, for all lovers of knitwear. Cashmere Light has a palette of 12 shades and is backed with a small collection of garment and accessory designs. It comes in 25g balls 85m long and joins six other yarns in Lang’s cashmere selection, including Cashmere Lace, Cashmere Big and Super Soxx Cashmere Color.

KNIT WITH LOVE Get ready for Valentine’s Day with Berisfords’ romantic ribbons collection. The range includes the hand-printed, rustic ribbons from the Natural Charms Collection, as well as more luxurious styles from the Essentials Collection. The ribbons are priced from 75p per metre – find out where to get yours by emailing berisfords@stockistenquiries.co.uk or calling 01453 883581.

GORGEOUS SUPER BULKY FROM SIRDAR Sirdar has released a super bulky wool blend yarn called Gorgeous. The 51% wool, 49% acrylic yarn knits up at five stitches and six rows to 10cm on 20mm needles. Gorgeous comes in six shades including neutrals and brights, and has a free single-hank snood pattern on the ballband. Sirdar has launched four design leaflets to back up the yarn, including homewares and quick-knit accessories.

NEW COLLECTION FROM UK HAND KNITTING UK Hand Knitting, the association for wholesale yarn producers, has released a collection of patterns for fashion, homewares, accessories and kids’ knits. All the designs are for standard-weight yarns, so knitters can choose their favourite brands and fibres to work with. The collection includes a great range of cable knits for winter wear and a super-cute Fairisle mini poncho. It is available from your local yarn store.

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NEWS

What’s on FEBRUARY 17-19 UNRAVEL The three-day festival features a programme of talks, demonstrations and workshops led by UK and international experts. craft.farnhammaltings.com

My Yarn Shop THE OXFORD YARN STORE, OXFORD Sweet Georgia. “Karen and James are both prolific and knowledgeable knitters, likely to be wearing a hand knit of their own making. They run workshops and knitting clubs and willingly provide hands-on advice on knotty knitting problems. “The shop is full of knitted items to inspire us all, and a fantastic range of books and single patterns, with a favourite being Yokes by Kate Davies. Several of the items from this book are on display in the shop, knitted by Karen. “It is not only a knitting shop but a community where people come to chat and knit and make friends. The weekly email gives updates on customers’ knits, some of which have instigated a flood of me-too versions. “I only wish I could spend more time there. I am so lucky that it is my LYS.”

Visit this trade show dedicated to the art, craft, needlecraft and hobby sector at the NEC, Birmingham. chsi.co.uk

Meet suppliers and brand new companies demonstrating and selling a variety of hobby and craft products, materials kits and designs in Farnborough. exhibitions.co.uk

24-26 SPRING QUILT FESTIVAL This festival showcases wonderful displays of quilts and patchwork as well as workshops and quilting suppliers’ stands. grosvenorshows.co.uk

MARCH 2-5 THE KNITTING & STITCHING SHOW

2-5 HOBBYCRAFTS Ad day filled with endless supplies, new product sup launches, demonstrations and lau workshops designed to inspire wo your creativity in Glasgow. you hobbycraftshows.co.uk hob

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10-11 EDINBURGH YARN FESTIVAL A celebration of all things related to yarn, wool and hand knitting in Edinburgh, Scotland. edinyarnfest.com

24-25 MAKE IT/ KNIT AND STITCH IT 2017

Enjoy a great day out with stitching workshops and craft shows at Olympia, London. theknittingand stitchingshow.com

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Be inspired by exhibitors and workshops for a huge variety of craft hobbies including knitting and crochet. grosvenorshows.co.uk

KATIE MATTHEWS

Knitter Marion Rees loves her LYS, The Oxford Yarn Store, in a pretty shopping street north of the city centre. Owner and lifelong knitter Karen Draisey has worked all over the world running theatre and drama events, and opened the shop four years ago because she wanted a quieter life. Along with colleague James Edwards, Karen runs all sorts of events, from knitting evenings and classes to having a sheep shorn outside the shop. She says: “We like to run events and get people involved, so that we are about more than just selling yarn, we are a real community hub.” Marion says: “This shop is in a beautiful little street just to the north of Oxford city centre and is visited by loyal locals and far-flung knitters alike. It stocks an amazing range of yarns, from the standard Rowan lines to the rarities of Isager and

19-21 CRAFT HOBBY & STITCH

9-11 STITCH AND CRAFT

16-19 FASHION & EMBROIDERY Find a wealth of materials and threads and an array of exhibitions all under one roof at the NEC, Birmingham. fashionembroidery.co.uk

APRIL 2-4 BRITISH CRAFT TRADE FAIR A trade-only fair showcasing work from exclusively British and Irish makers. bctf.co.uk

8 SPRING INTO WOOL A brand new festival of woolly arts and crafts, promoting the theme of inspiration and learning. springintowool.co.uk

22-23 WONDERWOOL WALES A day out with hands-on workshops showcasing the best in Welsh and British wool and natural fibres. wonderwoolwales.co.uk

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With three different shades making it on to Pantone’s colour report for spring 2017, blue is your go-to colour this season. From teal and sky to denim and cobalt, you’ll be sure to find a shade and style of blue to suit you. Darker, navy hues seem to be a firm favourite with designers including Paul Smith and Sibling this season, while brighter tones make a statement in Peter Pilotto and Richard Malone’s collections. From dramatic patterns to blocks, it’s time to embrace this versatile shade and mix and match hues for a dramatic pop of colour this winter.

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Silk scarf £95, britishmuseumshoponline.org

Yarn earrings £11, maxsworld.co.uk

Helle peaked cap in Shetland wool £135, karenhenriksen.co.uk

Northumberland hat pattern by Katya Frankel, £3.50, ravelry.com

Knitting themed resin ring £75.13, geschmeideunterteck.etsy.com

DPN and circular case US$64 plus postage, dellaq.com

I Dream of Yarn colouring book by Franklin Habit, £7.99, thegmcgroup.com

Yarn bowl £17, littlewrenpottery.etsy.com

Large project bag £18, thelittlegreygirl.com

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GUEST COLUMN

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Choosing projects carefully can influence your state of mind and aid meditation. Betsan Corkhill explains

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have been collecting stories from knitters around the world since 2005. The most striking thing about these stories is the number of people from different backgrounds and cultures who make similar statements. At the very top of the list are accounts of how the rhythmic movements enable a meditative state of mind. Many talk about entering “the zone” or enjoying a peaceful sanctuary that gives the mind a break from life’s challenges. As my research progressed, I began to realise that the project you choose to knit can influence your state of mind. There are thousands of different types of meditative state, including focused attention, effortless presence and ongoing monitoring, of which mindfulness is a part. Here I look at how you can achieve these states of mind when you are knitting.

Focused attention

You can enter a state of focused attention when you are knitting a pattern that is easy enough to succeed at, but still requires you to focus your full attention on a particular stitch combination. You can also use the mantra of “in, around, through and off” to enable you to stay in this state of mind. The state of focused attention occupies your brain to the extent that it distracts you from issues which may be detrimental to your wellbeing – from problems that may be dominating your thoughts and even from

medical symptoms such as pain, itching, anxiety or ceaseless negative thought cycles.

Effortless presence

This meditative state allows you to experience stillness – a deep, restful peace. To enter this mind state, use an easy knitting project where you don’t have to think about the pattern. As you knit, allow your mind to flow in harmony with the rhythm of your hands. Feel the rhythm of your movements synchronise with your internal rhythm and enjoy a natural awareness of simply being.

Ongoing monitoring

Mindfulness has a strong evidence base for improving wellbeing. It centres on your awareness of the present moment in an intentional, non-judgemental way, purposefully noticing and observing your thoughts, emotions and physical sensations without passing judgement, and simply allowing them to float on by. Learning mindfulness requires perseverance – but learning to knit mindfully can help you experience this beneficial mind state more easily. As you knit, focus on the yarn running through your fingers, feeling the different textures and the rhythmic movement of your hands in the present moment. You’ll find that as you do this, thoughts will pass through your mind in a different way – one which will enable you to

simply observe them in the moment. The process of being an observer of your thoughts changes your relationship with those thoughts, which, in turn, can help you to realise that thoughts aren’t real events – you are not your thoughts, they are just made up by your mind. A nice, easy, repetitive pattern is good for this. Knitting an easy project can also free your mind to daydream. A bit of daydreaming is beneficial for wellbeing – it gives your mind a break from life’s challenges, restrictions and demands. Anything is possible when you daydream. It stimulates creative thought and is a source of valuable self-discovery. You may even find the solution to that problem you’ve been mulling over springs to mind. Next time you choose a new knitting project, take time to consider the mind state you’d like to enter. Have a range of projects on the go so that you have a choice of mind states to enter. It’s a great way of managing life’s challenges and boosting your wellbeing. Betsan Corkhill is a former senior psychotherapist and production editor who has spent the past decade investigating the therapeutic benefits of knitting. Her book, Knit for Health and Wellness, is available from knitforhealth andwellness.com.

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Opening a sacred Knitting mindfully can clear your head, help you relax and take you to a sacred space in your life, writes Rachael Matthews, owner of ethical yarn shop and textile gallery Prick Your Finger and author of The Mindfulness in Knitting

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“messy� head can be liberated by the ritual of knitting mindfully. Our knitting ritual needs to be met with positive foresight, as we want to use it to reach our sacred space. Physical sacred spaces might ask you to remove your shoes, but entering into our sacred knitting space needs other preparations. The territory we create while knitting is easy to take for granted. Knitters know their craft, which offers them a time to slow their rapid thoughts, but it is easy to switch off too much, get lost in our work and let the mind drift. Falling into our knitting is similar to the way we kick off our shoes and flop into our favourite armchair. Our hands remember how to knit, miraculously doing all the work and making it easy for us to cruise along in a lazy, semi-conscious state. Completing rows through a movie or gossiping with friends, we forget all about the

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here and now by escaping into other worlds. Measuring the knitting at the end of the day, we delight in the progress made while our minds were elsewhere. The escapism knitting provides, with its relief from boring situations or down time with hours of daydreaming, is seductive because it is also productive. Awakening from the dream, we present ourselves with beautiful knitted gifts, knowing that the time spent away was reasonably well justified. If your work began with your mind in bad shape, it is possible to feel more relaxed by the time you put the needles down. Using a more mindful approach at the beginning of the session can help you find relaxation on a much deeper level. Let us ensure that a bad day is transformed into a truly enlightened day through an extra structured practice. Mindful knitting, once learned, is a companion for life and, like all great friends, it stimulates us and triggers enlightened thoughts. Cultivation of enlightened thoughts requires us to do some extra work. By our very nature, knitters love extra work! For our knitwear projects to become spiritually fruitful as well as fabulously stylish, we are obliged to switch on the right channels of the mind from the moment we cast on. Readying ourselves with a countdown to starting, we attempt to enter our sacred space exclusively, acting as a warden for sidetracking reveries.

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space Extract taken from The Mindfulness in Knitting: Meditations on Craft and Calm by Rachael Matthews, published by Leaping Hare Press, ÂŁ8.99

RESTARTING YOUR MINDFUL KNITTING PROGRAMME

KNIT AWAY YOUR STORIES A handmade piece of knitting with good tension and a spiritually enriched handmade piece of knitting with good tension, both following the same pattern, are likely to look the same. As we knit, we produce other, invisible works of great value. Take time to acknowledge this invisible work. Published knitting patterns do not normally provide meditation structures. Adding our own structures and rituals enhances our work time with a deeper source of personal creativity. Feelings about the past and the future pass through our knitting constantly. Thoughts are facts that can be neatly filed away into the fabric, enabling the present to be less cluttered and free for more mindful knitting. Let your processed thoughts flow with the yarn into the knitting. As your rows build up, let your stories of the past and future leave the present, and find a suitable place to rest within the knitting. Note these thoughts in your notebook if it helps. As the stories are knitted away, notice the sentiment behind them and, with a clear head, continue to form useful, beautiful fabric. Woes will start to evaporate into your knitting rather than reside in your body. As you knit more rows, continue to demonstrate this simple filing system, until you feel you have fully entered your peaceful, sacred knitting space, and are free of any niggling fears.

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As you take up your needles, pause with a half-smile. Notice the lighting up of the face, the stirring of the heart and the calming of your mind. Take note of your breathing. Finding the rhythm of your breath, you are ready to engage with the rhythm of your needles. Working breath and stitches together, let the knitting guide you down to a place of calm. Measure your stitches with long breaths. Continue in this way until your fingers need a break, or you need to check the knitting pattern instructions. As you pause for a break, notice the work you have made since you entered the sacred space. Take time to respond to the rows you have just worked. As you handle the material, remember your last knitting date. Answer these questions in your notebook: How does today’s mood differ? Where do you want to go from here?

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PROFILE

How did you get where you are today? I started working when I was 16 years old with no idea of what I wanted to do with my life. My only certainty was a need to make things. My twenties were spent working and in college, trying different careers. I worked as a silversmith, graphic designer, administrative assistant and university lecturer, but none of these roles seemed quite right for me. It wasn’t until my late thirties that I tried knitting again during an illness and got obsessed with wool and yarn. Serendipitously, much of my seemly unrelated past training seems to have come together with Kettle Yarn Co, as I wear many hats running the business by myself. Tell us about Kettle Yarn Co – how long has it been going, what does it do and where is it heading? I started Kettle Yarn Co in 2013, a love child born of my obsession with knitting, chronic love of colour and a driving quest for pill-free yarn. The company evolved out of a personal search for ruggedly tough, long-wearing blends that feel delicious against the skin. It is vital to me that my company support the ethics and values I believe in. Yarns I dye are ethically produced, and as I become more educated in yarn production I’ve stopped using fibres like cashmere, as have discovered how our desire for soft and softer has stripped the land bare where Asian cashmere is farmed, creating huge sandstorms. These storms are so large that they are changing the climate worldwide, leaving the poor animals starved and the resulting fleece coarse and very unlike the idea of luxury we once associated with this fibre. I’ve replaced this fibre with Beyul, my baby yak, silk and ethical Merino blend. It has a similar luxurious handle to cashmere but none of the nasty consequences. Handcombed or plucked, yak down sits between the most luxurious fine cashmere and softest baby camel in micron thickness, and has a comparable butter-soft handle and gloriously gentle halo – plus the added benefit of pilling less. Yak is durable, breathable, lightweight and its incredible thermal properties keep you cool in summer and warm in winter.

In contrast to cashmere goats, yaks have a minimal impact on sparse grassland and every single facet of the animal is used for survival by the people farming them. The Merino used in this blend is Peruvian, from ethically treated herds that are not mulesed. I’d like to continue to raise awareness of these kinds of issues and get people thinking more about what their money is supporting and encouraging. Do you want to support gentle sheep getting their hindquarters sliced to avoid infection (mulesing) when they can be treated in less horrific ways? No? Then stop buying Merino that is farmed this way! Ask questions about how your yarn is created. More and more hand dyers are able to answer these kinds of questions now and we should be asking them. How do you source your yarns and what do you look for when choosing them? It is hugely important to me that Kettle Yarn Co have strong ethical and environmental principles and that I support values I feel strongly about through the brand. We’ve all heard the horror stories of British sheep farmers having to burn or bury their fleeces as it costs more to shear the sheep for fibre than the money the British Wool Board will pay them for the wool. In my eyes it is vital to support small-scale wool producers in the UK who are developing new breeds, keeping old breeds alive and thriving and caring for their small flocks of animals in a loving and ethical way – unlike the mass farming of Merino in certain parts of the world. Starting with Baskerville, my exclusive blends aim to contain unique breeds, like the new Exmoor Blueface, blended in interesting new combinations. My goal is to veer away from the massproduced and ethically questionable fibres of the yarn world and introduce people to other stunning fibres that are not as readily available and have their own amazing properties, like Gotland and Exmoor Blueface. If we don’t make an effort to support these amazing sheep breeds they will be lost to us forever. It is also important to me that my yarn production has an acceptably low carbon footprint. Most people don’t know that yarn can be shipped across the breadth of the world several times in the course of its production – for example, Merino

For some people, £18-£24 will seem like a lot of money for a 100g skein of yarn. What goes into your yarns and why are your customers happy to pay for them? I’m glad you asked this as it is a many-layered question. First there is the question of raw materials. “Cheap” yarn, like many mass-produced commodities today, has a much larger cost environmentally than most people care to know. I would seriously question anyone charging less than £15 for a skein of yarn – why are they able to do this? How much are they paying for their raw products if they can afford to do this, and what conditions was it produced in? How are the animals treated, what chemicals are used on the fibre and what is the environmental cost of the various processes that have been undertaken? Wool as a raw product is not cheap, and ethically produced fibre should not be cheap. Not if you are paying fair prices to all the people who worked hard to create the end product. I source my spun yarn from companies that have ethical standards similar to my own. Beyul, Islington, Waltham and Westminster are spun in Peru by the mill that supports the Mirasol project charity and unmulesed Peruvian sheep herds. My exclusive British spun yarns are sourced from smallscale British sheep farmers. Then there is the question of wear – it is one thing to spend £24 for a skein of yarn in something that will look rubbish in a month, and another to spend the same to have a garment that will continue to look brand new for countless years, even decades. I feel that over the past three years my customers have come to trust the quality of

“Wool as a raw product is not cheap, and ethically produced fibre should not be cheap. Not if you are paying fair prices to all the people who worked hard to create the end product.” knit tingmag.com

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from Australia can be shipped to China for processing or superwashing and then on to a mill somewhere else in the world to spin before arriving at your door. The environmental cost of “cheap” yarn is pretty shocking. I am trying to cut down on this extra waste by “shopping local” when sourcing my yarns. Baskerville fibres go directly from local British sheep farmers to John Arbon’s mill in Devon to be spun, then are trucked over to me in Hastings, East Sussex, where I dye the yarns in my kitchen. No harsh chemicals are used to treat the yarn and I use citric acid to set the dyes in my home kitchen.

Where do you come from? I grew up in a small northern town in Canada surrounded by hectares of wilderness. When I was a child we regularly had deer and bears meandering through our back yard. One of my first memories is of watching a bear sow and its cub through a back window and wanting to go out and play with them. In my thirties I moved from Vancouver to London to complete an MAFA in Painting at Chelsea College of Art & Design, and I have now been in the UK for nearly 11 years.

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my yarns. They know that all of my blends are thoroughly researched, wear-tested and that I have high ethical standards. I am determined that my yarns be heirloom quality and last for decades to come, and this extra effort and quality is something they are willing to support. Third is the issue of hand production. The reality of dyeing yarn is very different from the romanticised image sometimes imagined by non-dyers. I work alone, which means long, hard days changing hats from admin to web design to customer service rep to labourer as the day progresses. Dyeing happens in my home kitchen – long, tiring days lifting kilos of heavy wet yarn from pot to pot. This is gruelling, physical work, historically undervalued as “women’s work” as it relates to knitting. All yarn is then wound into skeins by hand and labels printed, cut and taped to the skeins. All of this takes time and a lot of hard work. There is a reason so many yarn dyeing companies fold within a few years, as burnout in our industry is high. There is no way a hand dyer can compete with commercially dyed yarns made in China – and we shouldn’t try. Our product is an artisanal one and should be priced accordingly. I feel it is only right to pay myself a fair wage, even if this doesn’t really reflect the real hours I work in a week. Dyeing yarn is hard graft, and dyers themselves – primarily women – need to stop undervaluing our work. Lastly and definitely not least are the physical qualities of Kettle Yarn Co yarn

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“If you are going to spend countless hours working with a yarn, don’t you want it to be enjoyable, and your hard work to continue to look good year after year?” itself. I sell my yarn in large skeins. 100g of fingering weight will generally get you 400m in my skeins – at least double the yardage of most commercially dyed yarn balls and usually four times the amount. The blends I’ve chosen for Kettle Yarn Co feel unbelievably gorgeous in your hands and are a real pleasure to work with as well as wear. If you are going to spend countless hours working with a yarn, don’t you want it to be enjoyable, and your hard work to continue to look good year after year? My dyes are glazed and layered by hand to create glowing, jewel-like hues which make your precious projects stand out, ready to be treasured. What’s new? Last year I realised a milestone for Kettle Yarn

Co and began working with master spinners to create exclusive small-batch British yarns. This is an area I’d like to expand in the future, as this method of production means I can be even more sure of the ethical provenance of my yarns. My first exclusive blend of British smallbatch yarn, Baskerville, is an unusual Britishbreed yarn that melds the lustrous, velvety crimp of fine British Gotland and the frothy loft of new-breed sheep Exmoor Blueface. With a hint of luminous silk adding a gentle shimmer, this is a subtly modern take on traditional rustic yarns. In late autumn a darker grey Gotlandrich version of Baskerville was released – Baskerville Dark – that plays up the Britishfarmed Gotland’s unique qualities and is darker and crunchier than Baskerville. To support Baskerville I’ve worked with some amazing designers to create two collections showcasing this yarn, Baskerville Dawn to Dusk and Dawn to Dusk 2. People can sign up to the mailing list on my website and be the first to get their hands on my next small batch yarn. What is your favourite thing to knit? Tops and cardigans. There is nothing like knitting your own clothing and I don’t think I will ever get tired of being able to do this in any colour I want. What are you knitting at the moment? I have a lace and garter stitch design in new, thicker Beyul DK on the needles at the moment which will be released this spring.

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REVIEWS Christine Boggis, Lauren Goodchild and Katie Holloway try out the latest releases

CLOVER STANDING OVAL KNITTING LOOM The Clover Standing Oval Knitting Loom allows you to create a pair of socks or fingerless gloves using basic knitting stitches. The kit comes with a pegged loom, a hook, a darning needle, a straw and basic instructions. There is also a pattern to follow for your chosen garment. The instructions were simple and easy to read, perfect if you’re a novice at loom knitting. At the start of the project, keeping the tension of the yarn is key to avoid unravelling. Overall, this is great for people who have trouble holding knitting needles and is perfect for learning the basics of knitting in the round. LG £17.99, clover@stockistenquiries. co.uk

LEAFY BRIOCHE Nancy Marchant WESTKNITS BEST KNITS NUMBER 1 – SHAWLS Stephen West One minute I’m halfway through Stephen West’s new book of shawls, a beautifully photographed collection of 13 patterns including Ravelry favourites such as The Doodler, Exploration Station and Vertices Unite. The next I’m burrowing through my stash, throwing yarn balls in all directions and trying to cast on before I’ve even finished reading. Stephen West is the rock star of the knitting world, and if you love the colour explosions he creates in his designs then this book is a must-buy for you. Of course, the intriguing techniques and shaping work just as well in a more muted palette, but why not splash out on some fluorescent green and fuchsia speckles and go for the whole Westknits experience? As Stephen writes in his introduction: “Remember, more is more and less is a bore when knitting Westknits patterns.” CB €30, available from stephenandpenelope.com or local yarn stores

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As Nancy Marchant gets older, she writes, her knitting world gets smaller. The brioche expert has produced a beautiful collection showing off the perfect way in which brioche lends itself to leaf patterns. There are just eight designs for scarves, cowls and accessories, but each one offers a wealth of knitting interest and displays a beautifully dyed yarn, from smaller operations such as Kauni in Estonia to bigger companies such as Malabrigo. This book is beautifully photographed and tantalising to brioche lovers and newbies alike, and there are photographic how-to guides and helpful hints collected at the back. CB €18-25, briochestitch.com

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HYGGE KNITS Nicki Trench Hygge is this winter’s buzzword, conjuring up images of roaring fires, steaming mugs of cocoa and cosy hand knitting. Its Danish origins inspired this collection of Fairisle and Nordic knits, which includes jumpers and cardigans, kids’ knits, homewares and accessories. There’s something for colourwork fans at every level, from simple scarves and bobble hats through yoke sweaters to all-over-patterned socks and cardigans that will really challenge your skills. Favourite patterns include the colourful Psychedelic Socks, cute Scandi-style Reindeer Bag and sweet Little Miss Mouse, in her Fairisle cardy. CB £12.99, Cico Books

60 QUICK KNITS FOR LITTLE KIDS Cascade Yarns A collection of quick and playful knits for children aged two to six that’s got something for every knitter. There are a few knits so simple they’d be perfect for teaching the kids to knit themselves, and then there are plenty to challenge all kinds of knitters, from Fairisle to intarsia, cables to lace and slip stitch to stripes. All are knitted in Cascade’s superwash Merino and acrylic blend Pacific, which is roughly a DK weight, and Pacific Chunky, which knits up at around 13 sts and 26 rows to 10cm. Favourites include the cute Bear Hat, a brilliant three-dimensional intarsia blanket with raccoons sitting in a tree, and the gorgeous Icelandic Pullover, featured on the cover. CB £14.99, Sixth & Spring Books, available from thegmcgroup.com

ESSENTIAL SKILLS: POPCORNS, BOBBLES & PUFFS TO CROCHET Lindy Zubairy One of the wonderful things about crochet is its capacity for texture, and this comprehensive photographic guide takes an in-depth look at three key ways of creating texture – popcorns, bobbles and puffs. Although it’s targeted at people with some experience of basic crochet looking to improve their skills, the book starts at the very beginning with helpful hints and a visual guide to crochet basics that make it perfect for all skill levels. Its main function is as a detailed stitchionary, but there are also four projects for homewares and accessories to put your newly acquired skills to the test. CB £9.95, Quarto Press

WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD CROCHETERS Beth Wolfensberger Singer First there was When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters, and now this crochet-focused sequel has got all our hooking problems sorted. This book is fantastic for those just starting out in crochet as well as more experienced crocheters looking to expand their skills and try more adventurous projects. From preventing problems in the first place, to how to decipher the alien language of crochet patterns (a particular bugbear for many knitters), this straightforward book covers all sorts of problems that might crop up. Plus, with helpful diagrams and even projects for you to crochet, this will quickly become your go-to guide. KH £17.99, Taunton, available from thegmcgroup.com

TOP-DOWN CROCHET SWEATERS Dora Ohrenstein There seems to be a lack of truly stylish crocheted jumper and cardigan patterns, but this glamorous book puts an end to that. Not only are the patterns fashionable, they are designed to fit and to flatter. Each design is crocheted from the top down, enabling you to adapt the pattern as you go so that it is the perfect shape for your figure. The book contains plenty of tips on how to do this, as well as some of the maths and science behind what makes a crochet pattern work. We love the slouchy Bettina jumper, as well as the daring Rosina minidress (though this can be adapted to the more sedate Isabel tunic top). Pick your yarn and hook and hit the catwalk. KH £13.99, Storey

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CASCADE YARNS SPUNTANEOUS

MILLAMIA NATURALLY SOFT COTTON

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Fat and fabulous – Cascade Yarns Spuntaneous is a super chunky yarn made from 100% extra-fine Merino wool. Although it has the look of a single ply, it has a lot of strength that thankfully meant it didn’t fall apart as I worked with it. It has a super soft, rounded handle and, as expected, knitted up in a flash on 12mm needles producing beautifully squat, even stitches and a warm, dense fabric with a smooth, silky feel in the hands. This yarn is fairly expensive but its metreage of 100m per 200g means you can knit a hat, scarf or cowl from just one hank. Patterns are available as free downloads from the Cascade Yarns website. The palette of 17 shades includes classic neutrals and soft pastels as well as juicy brights and deep autumnal shades like Blue Coral (shade 15) shown here. It felts very easily so should be hand washed cold and laid flat to dry.

If you’re already a fan of the MillaMia brand but can’t wear wool you’ll be pleased to see the latest addition to its range. Naturally Soft Cotton is a plied and twisted yarn made from 100% combed cotton with a subdued rather than lustrous appearance. It has a soft, dry handle and when knitted up the fabric is beautifully lightweight with excellent stitch definition. The choice of 22 shades comes from MillaMia’s signature palette and with a good balance of calming neutrals, classics and punchy brights, the colours will combine beautifully for colourwork projects as well as working well on their own. The sample shown here was knitted in shade 321, Indigo Purple. With a standard tension of 25 sts and 34 rows, this is an ideal yarn for spring and summer, as it’s just a little heavier than a standard 4 ply. This yarn may be washed at 40ºC on a gentle setting but do not tumble-dry. It may also be dry-cleaned.

Wool Me Tender is a soft and chunky yarn made from 100% Peruvian wool, which has been responsibly sourced and sustainably produced. While some roving yarns can be a little weak to work with, this has just enough twist on it to give a smooth, round finish and stop it from splitting as you knit. It knits up quickly on 6.5mm needles, producing a soft and dense fabric that’s cosily snug next to the skin. There’s a choice of 13 shades, ranging from sober classics like Tweed Grey and Space Black to the soft, feminine Cameo Rose and intense fashion shades like Cinnamon Dust and Red Ochre. The swatch shown is knitted in Cloudy Blue. You’ll find pattern inspiration, in the form of three free to download PDF patterns on Wool and the Gang’s website. This yarn should be hand-washed in a specialist wool detergent and dried flat. Alternatively it can be dry-cleaned.

Rowan’s Hemp Tweed Chunky really is a tweed with a difference. Its unusual combination of plied and twisted wool and hemp gives the limited edition yarn a distinctive appearance and character. It has fine, subtle veins of ecru that create the tweed effect, with occasional slubs of fibre adding textural interest. It knits up beautifully and has a wonderfully rounded feel. The fabric is close-textured and smooth, with neat, fulsome stitches when used for stocking stitch and pronounced texture when used for moss stitch. There’s plenty of pattern support with six designs in the Hemp Tweed Chunky Collection and three more designs on the website. There are eight restrained shades, including 004 Sea shown here. It is machine washable at 30ºC on a gentle setting but do not tumble-dry. Lay flat to dry away from direct sunlight. Alternatively it may be dry-cleaned with care.

Composition: 100% extra-fine Merino wool Weight: 200g Length: 100m Rec needle size: 10-12mm Tension (10cm): 6-8 sts RRP: £17.95 Contact: Cascade Yarns W: cascadeyarns.com

Composition: 100% cotton Weight: 50g Length: 165m Rec needle size: 3.25mm Tension (10cm): 25 sts x 34 rows RRP: £4.50 Contact: LoveKnitting T: 0845 5442196 W: loveknitting.com

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Composition: 100% Peruvian wool Weight: 100g Length: 150m Rec needle size: 6.5mm Tension (10cm): 12 sts RRP: £8 Contact: Wool And The Gang T: 020 7241 6420 W: woolandthegang.com

Composition: 75% wool, 25% true hemp Weight: 100g Length: 110m Rec needle size: 6mm Tension (10cm): 14 sts x 19 rows RRP: £9.25 Contact: Rowan T: 01484 668200 W: knitrowan.com

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BLUE SKY FIBERS WOOLSTOCK

MIRASOL UMINA

I fell for this yarn as soon as I saw it. Produced entirely in Arequipa, Peru, Woolstock is an aran weight yarn made from 100% fine Highland wool. Although it has a traditional plied and twisted construction, it’s been done very carefully to ensure the yarn retains its lofty handle and the bounce continues when the yarn is wound for knitting. It feels smooth and silky, stretching ever so slightly as you knit to produce a light, squishy fabric. The palette has 21 shades including subtle mélange colours created by dyeing the fibre before spinning and blending. Spring Ice, shown here, combines turquoise, ecru and the slightest hint of black. Pattern support in the form of PDF downloads can be found on the Blue Sky Fibers website. This yarn should be hand-washed using a mild detergent, then dried flat. Alternatively it may be dry-cleaned.

With a name meaning sleep, Mirasol Umiña is a dreamily soft blend of 50% alpaca and 50% wool. It has a luxurious combination of drape and warmth, and although it has a crimped appearance it’s very softly plied and twisted, which gives the yarn a lovely light and springy texture. As you’d expect from this blend of fibres, it’s smooth and supple to knit, producing a buttery soft and squishy fabric with perfectly formed stitches. Inspired by the colours of South America, the 16 shades balance cool greys and rich, exotic tones with deep blues, such as shade 15, Royalty, shown here – a jewel-like purple and blue mix. Pattern support can be found in a collection of loose leaflets featuring ladies’ sweaters as well as smaller accessories and a couple of home projects. This delicate yarn should be handwashed then dried flat, but do not tumble-dry. Alternatively it may be dry-cleaned.

Composition: 100% fine Highland wool Weight: 50g Length: 112m Rec needle size: 4-8 mm Tension (10cm): 20-24 sts RRP: £5.99 Contact: Blue Sky Fibers E: info@blueskyfibers.com W: blueskyfibers.com

Composition: 50% alpaca, 50% wool Weight: 100g Length: 225m Rec needle size: 4.5-5.5mm Tension (10cm): 16-20 sts RRP: £8.75 Contact: Intercontinental Yarns T: 01535 664222 W: intercontinentalyarns.co.uk

KETTLE YARN CO ISLINGTON

NORO SILK GARDEN SOCK SOLO

Kettle Yarn Co Islington is a DK weight yarn made with Bluefaced Leicester that has been picked through twice then re-examined before being blended with silk. This translates into a super soft yarn that is gentle enough for sensitive skin and yet durable enough to withstand repeated wear and washing. It’s indulgently soft, with a cotton-like, dry handle, and is beautifully smooth to knit, producing a lightweight fabric with impressively even stitches that are enhanced by the yarn’s rich and lustrous appearance. The hand-dyeing process gives the yarn its semi-solid colouring, adding tonal interest to each shade. There are 14 hand-dyed shades to choose from, including a couple of limited-edition indigo-dyed options and Purple Reign, shown here. Although it’s been superwash treated, this yarn should be hand-washed or soaked in lukewarm water, then laid flat to dry.

Noro’s Silk Garden Sock Solo has a lot more character than a typical sock yarn. Made from 40% wool, 25% silk, 25% polyamide and 10% mohair it has a slightly uneven texture which combines its gentle twist with a long, slub-like appearance. It is as thin as 4 ply in some places, and 4-5mm thick in others. There are also tiny fronds of fibre twisted in along the length of the yarn, adding even more textural interest. It produces a soft, lightweight fabric with a dry handle that’s supple and warm with a rich, tweedy colouring. There are eight shades to choose from including the inky blue shade 03 shown here. Pattern support includes designs by Jenny Watson. This yarn should be hand-washed in cold water, squeezed gently to remove the excess water then dried flat, out of direct sunlight. Alternatively it may be drycleaned with care.

Composition: 55% superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 45% silk Weight: 100g Length: 212m Rec needle size: 2-5mm Tension (10cm): 21-24 sts RRP: £21 Contact: Kettle Yarn Co W: kettleyarnco.co.uk

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Dark days, long nights and turbulent times can make us all feel a little low at this time of year. But knitting has been proven to lift moods and lighten stress, so ease your winter blues with our beautiful knits in all shades of blue, and treat your wardrobe to the season’s must-wear colour at the same time.

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ZIGZAG Bronagh Miskelly Yarn Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4 ply Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 53 This flattering cardigan has an intriguing lace and zigzag stripe pattern that will be a joy to knit.

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NINA Alison Robson Yarn Lang Mohair Trend Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 56 Simple to knit, this oversized mohair and silk cardigan makes a great first big project.

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CABLE EDGE GARTER STITCH SHAWL Stylecraft Yarn Stylecraft Head Over Heels Skill level Beginner Pattern page 57 A simple asymmetrical triangle shawl in garter stitch with a pleasing cable edging is perfect for showing off the gentle colour gradations of Stylecraft’s new Head Over Heels yarn.

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DIAGON VALLEY Boadicea Binnerts Yarn De Rerum Natura Cyrano Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 58 Oversized designs are on trend right now, and this stylish zipped cardigan is a great winter warmer.

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SHELLEY Natalie Smart Yarn Yarn Stories Fine Merino & Baby Alpaca Aran Skill level Advanced Pattern page 61 Inspired by the sea, this beautiful maxi cardigan will turn you into a real life mermaid. It also comes in a knee-length version.

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Fashion gallery AEOLICA Linda Lencovic Yarn Kettle Yarn Co Waltham Super Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 63 This cute and cosy cabled beanie will knit up nice and quickly for winter wear, and is made in Kettle Yarn Co’s beautiful and super-soft 100% British Bluefaced Leicester super chunky yarn, the gentle and rustic Waltham Super.

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Fashion gallery SHIRT TAILS Pat Menchini Yarn King Cole Fashion Aran Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 64 With a flattering cowl neck and hemline shaping, this is a knit to suit all shapes and sizes.

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STYLE ICON Pat Menchini Yarn Rico Essentials Alpaca Blend Chunky Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 65 Stylish and flattering, this cropped, high-necked jacket features a simple, attractive lace panel repeated across its body and sleeves. The soft and light alpaca blend yarn will keep you cosy on winter days, and it’s perfect for day to evening wear.

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OMBRE DENIM Sian Brown Yarn Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 67 Denim yarn and gradient shading are two key trends this season. Blend them in this comfy cotton jumper.

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Fashion gallery EVERYDAY CARDIGAN Pamela Wynne Yarn Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 70 Let the yarn sing in this simple and beautifully shaped cardigan.

LACY Sarah J Green Yarn Any DK weight yarn Skill level Intermediate crochet Pattern page 69 A simple but striking lace crochet pattern made in two rectangle shapes, sewn together in a flattering V-neck, make this a poncho you can wear anywhere.

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DEBBIE BLISS Mabel Yarn Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran Tonals Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 72 Practice your cables and ribbing with this cosy polo neck.

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Lauren Goodchild suggests alternative colourways and styling ideas for three knits from this month’s gallery The cold weather can leave you feeling uninspired when it comes to fashion, but these bold and bright pieces are sure to help you beat the winter blues. Take Shelley from loungewear to lunch by slipping it over a casual midi dress and knee-high boots. Who doesn’t love layering up with a cute cardigan? Wear Style Icon over a turtleneck jumper to really show off the button detailing. With its cowl neckline and rounded edges, Shirt Tails screams style. Accessorise this cobalt jumper with gloves and boots for a go-to cosy look this season.

DRESS £49, Sosandar

BOOTS £140, Dune London

HAT £28, Oliver Bonas

NECKLACE £139, Edge Only

LEGGINGS £20, M&Co

GLOVES £7, Accessorize

BOOTS £69, Monsoon

BAG £40, House of Fraser

BLOUSE £30, Cotton Traders

JEANS £40, Debenhams

WATCH £145, Newgate Watches

LOAFERS £32, Next

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Yarn Stylecraft Life Super Chunky Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 74 Chunky cables, garter stitch borders and a neat zigzag edge make this versatile throw or bed runner great fun to knit.

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GRETA Jo Allport Yarn Rico Essentials Merino DK Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 75 A neat technique makes this clever colourwork in garter stitch much easier than you might expect. Learn how to do it yourself on page 76.

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PIMLICO Pat Menchini Yarn Stylecraft Alpaca Chunky Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 78 A stylish collar and fun bobble panels add interest to this sleeveless jacket, perfect for men who don’t feel the cold.

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Gifts gallery HARBOURSIDE Pat Menchini Yarn King Cole Cotswold Chunky Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 80 An interesting take on rib in this lovely gradient yarn mean this fisherman-style jumper will be quick and fun to knit.

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Gifts gallery ABE Lisa Richardson Yarn Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 83 Budding sailers will love this anchor-patterned tank with a sweet blue trim in softest merino and silk.

MAISIE Rico Design Yarn Rico Baby So Soft DK Skill level Beginner Plus Pattern page 81 Knit this sweet striped raglan sweater in colour combinations to suit girls or boys.

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GARDEN PLAY Drops Design Yarn Drops Nepal Skill level Beginner crochet Pattern page 85 Try out your hooking skills with this cute hat and cowl set.

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Gifts gallery GENTLE WAVES Becky Stevens Yarn Any aran weight yarn Skill level Intermediate crochet Pattern page 86 Give baby’s room a peaceful seaside theme with this sweet striped blanket.

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AFTER THE STORM Christine Boggis

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Yarn Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran Skill level Beginner Pattern page 87

Yarn Rico Creative Glowworm Skill level Intermediate Pattern page 87

These cosy Merino broken rib pattern wrist warmers are super simple to knit in the round.

This cabled cowl is fun to knit and stylish to wear, plus it will keep you warm all winter long.

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ASK JEANETTE

Your queries answered by Jeanette Sloan RIBBON RIDDLE

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Like you I love a bit of sparkle in my knits, so when I picked up the Christmas issue (Knitting 162, December 2016) I knew Limelight by Pat Menchini was the one for me. As it’s a DK weight it’s the sort of design I’d like to wear throughout the year, but I’m not sure about the ribbon at the neck. Can you suggest an alternative fastening? It’s lovely but not for me, I’m not confident showing that much skin! Lisa Barclay, by email Pat Menchini’s Limelight sweater is a glamorous, versatile design knitted in King Cole’s sequined yarn Galaxy. The wide ribbon Pat has used to fasten the back neck of the garment adds a feminine touch and reveals a sexy flash of skin across the shoulder blades. While this works really well for parties, not everyone has the confidence to carry it off, and you’ll no doubt want a more discreet finishing detail if you’re wearing this design to work. One option is to add a lace-up detail to the neck edge. When working the back left opening, instead of knitting all four stitches in garter stitch on every WS row, once you’ve established a few rows try working k1, k2tog, yo, k1 over the four stitches on a WS row (you’ll need to reverse it for the back right). This places lace holes towards the outside of the garter stitch edge, and you’ll have to experiment with their placement to make sure they’re evenly spaced up the neck. Once both sides have been completed, thread a fine ribbon through the holes to fasten with a bow at the back of the neck. The garter stitch edges will meet at the back and cover up the shoulders, while still adding that hint of

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I really enjoy reading your magazine and became a subscriber very recently. The article on luxury yarns in Knitting 161, November 2016, was really enjoyable, but I can’t always stretch my budget to them. Is there any chance of a similar type of article on other types of yarns, or a focus on patterns to knit on a tight budget? Pat Rogers, by email

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femininity. Alternatively you could add a button band to the neck opening. When you get to the base of the neck opening, instead of knitting the four stitches at the neck edge in garter stitch, cast them off completely. Work the rest of the back as directed by the pattern instructions, then repeat for the other side. You should be left with a long, rectangular gap at the centre back. To finish the opening edges you’ll need to pick up and knit down the side of the rows, so start with the left back. As they’ve been worked in stocking stitch, try picking up three stitches every four rows (with the right side of the work facing you), beginning at the neck and finishing at the base of the neck opening. Work in stocking stitch until the edge is around 3.5cm or deep enough to

bridge the gap left by the eight stitches cast off at the centre. Cast off all stitches. Once you’ve chosen your buttons, space them evenly across the centre of the edge to determine how many buttonholes you’ll need and where to place them. With the right side of the garment facing you, pick up and knit the same number of stitches, this time starting at the base of the opening and finishing at the top of the neck. Knit half as many rows as you did for the first side, work your buttonholes on the next row, then complete to match the first side and cast off. To make up, place the right edge on top of the left edge at the base of the neck and sew both neatly in place. Finally sew the buttons in place on the left back. Enjoy knitting Limelight whichever one of these solutions you choose.

You said that you only became a subscriber to Knitting very recently, so you may well have missed the piece on environmentally friendly yarns from issue 160, October 2016. It explores the growing demand for yarns that are ethically sourced, naturally dyed, locally sourced, fairly traded or made with recycled fibres or packaging. If your idea of “green” yarns is something smelly and scratchy that you wouldn’t wear next to the skin, then think again. Alternatively, Knitting 155, June 2016, featured an article on independent dyers. While large corporate brands have catered for lots of knitters’ needs over the years, and continue to do so, there’s now a huge breadth of colour, texture and fibre mixes dyed in mesmerising colours by indie dyers like Easyknits, Uncommon Thread and The Little Grey Sheep. While hand-dyed yarns may sound exclusive or expensive, this isn’t always the case. That said, I completely understand that some of us are knitting on even more limited budgets, so have a look at Knitting 163, January 2017, where you can find 10 great patterns to knit for under £50.

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ASK JEANETTE STAR LETTER PRIZE Lisa Barclay asked this month’s star question. Lisa wins a copy of MillaMia’s book Country Escape and 16 balls of MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino in a colour of her choice to make the Charlie cardigan, courtesy of LoveKnitting.

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KNITTING WAS MY REFUGE I really enjoyed the articles by Christine Boggis and Betsan Corkill in your November 2016 issue (Knitting 161). The tactile side of knitting can be so therapeutic and for me, those articles brought to mind how emotionally invested we can be in our knitting. Sometimes knitting a particular item can even become symbolic of an event we’re going through. For me, knitting was an emotional refuge in the months following a traumatic miscarriage a couple of years ago. I started knitting a gents’ Fairisle sweater (pictured here), and it’s taken me two and a half years because of spending such a lot of time in and

If you have a question for Jeanette, email jeanettes@ thegmcgroup.com or write to Ask Jeanette, Knitting, GMC Publications, 86 High Street, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1XN. Note: Jeanette regrets that she cannot enter into any personal correspondence with readers and can only answer letters that are chosen for publication in Knitting.

Sophie wins a copy of 50 Knitted Gifts for Yearround Giving by the editors of Sixth & Spring Books, worth £14.99, available from thegmcgroup.com. Share your thoughts for your chance to win.

ST LET AR TER out of hospital. Finally finishing it made me strangely emotional – that knitting project had followed me through some tough times. Now I’m lucky enough to have my little 20-month-old girl running around asking about Mummy’s knitting! Therapy indeed. Sophie K, by email

WHAT’S ON YOUR NEEDLES? I thought your readers might like to see a picture of my 23-year-old son wearing a chunky knit jumper that I recently l finished i h d knitting for him. I was surprised when he said he would like me to knit him a jumper and even more surprised to see him wearing it for a night out! Shirley Turner, Cambridgeshire

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I loved knitting this Celtic Touch jumper by Pat Menchini from Knitting issue 156, July 2016, for my boyfriend. The me interested Th cables bl kept k and I enjoyed working with a really chunky yarn. It’s gained lots of compliments and I already have orders for more from his friends! Lauren Rooney, via Facebook

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CRAFTY WAY TO BEAT THE BLUES Knitting is guaranteed to lift your spirits – at least, that’s what 98% of Knitting readers said when we polled them on the topic on Twitter. “I find it very relaxing – knitting after a full day in the office helps me switch off quicker and get a better night’s sleep,” says @welsh_tenor. “It’s relaxing and, more often than not (unless you’re working to a deadline or knitting gifts), it’s a great stress-buster,” says @yvonnejinx. @spinninyarns adds: “My work is very stressful and cerebral, so I enjoy the slow, tactile nature of knitting.” Does knitting lift your mood? No 2%

Yes 98%

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Jeanette Sloan’s A-Z of Knitting Techniques

D IS FOR DOUBLE KNITTING Part 2: chart knitting

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here are several distinct advantages to working from a chart in double knitting compared to single thickness stranded knitting. Firstly, there’s no need to carry the yarns not being worked, so there’s no puckered fabric or tension nightmares. There are also no unsightly floats on the wrong side, as there is no wrong side to the fabric. It does take a bit more concentration to get used to this technique, as you’ll be knitting both sides of the fabric at the same time – so it’s important to remember a few basics. As with standard charts, each of the squares represents a row moving vertically and a stitch moving horizontally. However, when double knitting only the knit stitches are represented on the chart – so while each square represents a right side stitch facing you, always remember that each has an accompanying purl stitch that is not represented on the chart but still needs to be worked.

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3. To begin working the pattern, we’ll start at the bottom right of the chart and read from right to left – for this row our front or main colour is magenta. Knit the first stitch in both yarns. To work the next five stitches, k1 in FC (magenta) then bring both yarns to the front of the work and p1 using RC (beige).

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1. Start with the two-colour braided cast on (see Knitting 160, October 2016), but rather than slipping the first stitch on each row, knit the first and last stitches as normal, using both yarns. Work a couple of rows before starting to work from the chart. Here you can see the front colour is magenta and the rear colour is beige.

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2. The chart shown here produces a heart motif on each side with the colours reversed. As we’re double knitting, you’ll have twice the number of stitches on the needles as are shown on the chart, so to keep track of the pattern count only the knit stitches facing you. Regardless of which colour is facing you, all squares coloured white on the chart should be worked in the main colour of the side facing you (FC) and all black squares should be worked in the main colour of the rear side (RC). 5

4. Remembering that each front knit loop is paired with a rear purl loop, repeat until there are five stitches in the FC and five stitches in the RC on the right needle.

5. Now to establish the bottom tip of the heart motif, k1 in RC (beige) then bring both yarns to the front of the work and p1 in FC (magenta).

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6. To complete the rest of the charted row, take both yarns to the back of the work and k1 in FC (magenta) then bring both yarns to the front of the work and p1 in RC (beige). Continue until you reach the last stitch, then knit it as normal using both yarns.

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7. Have a look at the row just worked and you’ll notice there are a couple of breaks in the sequence of alternating stitches on the needles. This occurs where the charted motif is being worked, and it’s worth checking at this stage that the stitches on your needle match the chart row just completed.

8. For the second chart row our front or main colour is beige, and we’ll be reading the chart from left to right. Knit the first stitch using both yarns, then work the next 4 sts. With both yarns at the back, k1 in FC (beige), then bring both yarns to the front of the work and p1 in RC (magenta).

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9. For the centre 3 sts take both yarns to the back of the work but swap them around. K1 in RC (magenta), then bring both yarns to the front and p1 in FC (beige). Repeat for the next two stitches, then swap the yarns once again. 10

10. With both yarns at the back of the work and reversed once again, k1 in FC (beige), bring both yarns to the front of work and p1 in RC. Repeat to the last stitch, then p1 using both yarns.

11. Keep working from the chart, reading in the appropriate direction for each row and taking care to swap the yarns as needed when working them in pairs of knit and purl. The completed chart should be completely reversible, with edge stitches worked in both yarns.

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With A, make a slipknot. Knit into front of stitch but don’t slip it off the needle, yfwd, then knit into back of stitch (3 sts). Row 1: Knit.

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Set increase pattern 6 7 3 8 9 10 4 11 12 5 13 14

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Approx 150cm (59in) wide at its widest point by 110cm (43½in) long.

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Cascade Spuntaneous 100% extra-fine Merino wool (approx 100m per 200g) 1 skein each in: 11 Dark Blue (A) 12 Denim Heather (B) 13 Blue Shadow (C) 14 Sky Heather (D) 15 Blue Coral (E) 1 x 10mm circular knitting needle 100cm long Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Row 1: K1, yfwd, k to last st, yfwd, k1. Rows 2 and 3: Knit. These three rows form the increase pattern. Continue in patt until work meas approx 20cm (8in) from tip, ending on a WS row. Cut A and join B. Cont in B in patt until work meas approx 33cm (13in) at its longest point, ending on a WS row. Cut B and join C. Cont in C in patt until work meas approx 39cm (15½in), ending on a WS row. Cut C and join D. Cont in D in patt until work meas approx 51cm (20in), ending on a WS row. Cut D and join E. Cont in E in patt until work meas approx 65cm (25½in), ending on a WS row. Cut E and join D. Cont in D in patt until work meas approx 72cm (28¼in), ending on a WS row. Cut D and join C. Cont in C in patt until work meas approx 80cm (31½in), ending on a WS row. Cut C and join B. Cont in B in patt until work meas approx 91cm (35¾in), ending on a WS row. Cut B and join A. Cont in A in patt until work meas approx 97cm (38in), ending on a WS row.

Eyelet row

Next row (RS): K1, (yfwd, k2tog) to last st, yfwd, k1. Note: If you end up with 2 stitches after your last k2tog, work as folls: K1, yfwd, k1. Cast off.

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8 sts and 14 rows to 10cm over g st. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

PATTERN NOTES 24 25 10 26

Take care to always change colour on a RS row. This simple pattern can easily be adjusted in a number of different ways. To make a smaller shawlette, simply skip to the eyelet row when you have reached the desired size. To make a wider, shorter shawl, work rows 1 and 2 of the pattern only and leave out row 3.

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With WS facing rejoin yarn to 109[113:119:123: 129:135:139:143] sts for Back and p to end. Next row: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. 53[55:58:60:63:66:68:70] sts. Dec as set at each end of foll 2[3:3:3:4:5:6:8] RS rows. 103[105:111:115:119:123:125:125] sts. Cont straight until Back matches Front to shoulder shaping, ending with a WS row. Next row: K28[28:30:31:33:34:34:34], turn and work on these sts only. Next row: P2tog, p17[17:18:19:20:21:21:21], wrap and turn. Next row: Knit. Next row: P9[9:10:10:11:11:11:11], wrap and turn. Next row: K27[27:29:30:32:33:33:33] picking up and working wraps with sts. Place sts on a holder or scrap yarn. Rejoin yarn to rem back sts with RS facing, cast off 47[49:51:53:53:55:57:57] sts, k to end. Next row: Purl. Next row: K2tog, p17[17:18:19:20:21:21:21], wrap and turn. Next row: Purl. Next row: K9[9:10:10:11:11:11:11], wrap and turn. Next row: P27[27:29: 30:32:33:33:33] picking up and working wraps with sts. Place sts on a holder or scrap yarn.

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Next row: K18[18:19:20:21:22:22:22], wrap and turn. Next row: Purl. Next row: K9[9:10:10:11:11:11:11], wrap and turn. Next row: P27[27:29:30:32:33:33:33] picking up and working wraps with sts. Place sts on a holder or scrap yarn.

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With 3.25mm needle and A, cast on 59[59:59:59:73:73:73:73] sts. Knit 2 rows in g st. Row 3: K2, (yo, k5, sk2po, k5, yo, k1), to last st, k1.

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Next row: Knit. Next row: P18[18:19:20:21:22:22:22], wrap and turn. Next row: Knit. Next row: P9[9:10:10:11:11:11:11], wrap and turn.

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25 sts and 36 rows to 10cm over st st using 3.25mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

Cont on 55[57:60:62:65:68:70:72] sts for Left Front only – place Right Front and Back sts on holders. Next row: Purl. Next row: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. 53[55:58:60:63:66:68:70] sts. Dec as set at each end of foll 2[3:3:3:4:5:6:8] RS rows. 49[49:52:54:55:56:46:54] sts. Dec as set on neck edge only every RS row to 31[32:35:38:41:42:43:43] sts, then on every foll 4th row to 27[27:29:30:32:33:33:33] sts. Cont straight in st st until armhole meas 18.5[19.5:20.5:21:22:23:24:25]cm (7¼[7¾:8:8¼:8¾:9:9½:9¾]in) ending with a WS row.

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Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4 ply 100% Merino (approx 178m per 50g) 7[7:7:8:8:9:9:9] x 50g balls French Navy (A) 2 x 50g balls Dove (B) 3mm, 3.25mm, 3.5mm and 3.75mm circular needles Stitch holders 2 stitch markers 4 buttons Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Next row (RS): K55[57:60:62:65:68:70:72]), cast off 6[8:8:10:10:10:12:14], k109[113:119:123:129:135:139:143], cast off 6[8:8:10:10:10:12:14] sts, k to end.

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Split for armholes

With WS facing rejoin yarn to 55[57:60:62:65:68:70:72] sts for Right Front and p to end. Next row: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. 53[55:58:60:63:66:68:70] sts. Dec as set at each end of foll 2[3:3:3:4:5:6:8] RS rows. Cont to dec as set at neck edge only on every RS row to 31[32:35:38:41:42:43:43] sts and then on every 4th row to 27[27:29:30:32:33:33:33] sts. Cont straight in st st until armhole matches Left Front to shoulder shaping ending with a WS row.

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To fit: UK size 8[10:12:14:16:18:20:22] 81[86:91:97:102:107:112:117]cm (32[34:36:38:40:42:44:46]in) Actual measurement: 92.5[97:102:107:111.5:116.5:121:126]cm (36½[38¼:40¼:42:44:45¾:47¾:49½]in) Length to shoulder: 68[69:70:70:71:72:72:73]cm (26¾[27¼:27½:27½:28:28¼:28¼:28¾]in) Sleeve length: 42[43:43.5:44:44:45:45:46]cm (16½[17:17¼:17½:17½:17¾:17¾:18¼]in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

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Using A and 3.75mm needle cast on 255[269:283:297:311:325:339:353] sts. Knit 2 rows in g st. Row 3: K2, (yo, k5, sk2po, k5, yo, k1), to last st, k1. Row 4: Purl. Rep rows 3 and 4 working stripes as folls: 10[14:14:14:14:14:14:14] more rows in A, 8B, 8A, 4B, 4A. Change to 3.5mm needles and cont in patt working stripes as folls: 4A, 4B, 8A, 4B, 4A, 4B, 4A, 4B, 4A, 2B, 4A, 2B, 2A, 2B, 2A, 2B. Change to 3.25mm needles and cont in patt working stripes as folls: 4A, 2B, 4A. Cont in A only. Next row: K7, (sk2po, k11) to last 10 sts, sk2po, k7. 219[231:243:255:267:279:291:303] sts. Next row: P55[58:61:64:67:70:73:76], pm, p109[115:121:127:133:139:145:151], pm, p to end. Work 12[10:10:8:8:8:8:8] rows in st st, slipping markers. Next row (inc): (K to 1 st before m, m1, k2, m1) twice, k to end. 223[235:247:259:271:283:295:307] sts. Cont in st st and inc as set on foll two 12th[12th:12th:12th:12th:12th:10th:10th] rows. 231[243:255:267:279:291:303:315] sts. Cont in st st until Body meas 48[49:49:48:48:48:47:47]cm (19[19¼:19¼:19:19:19:18½:18½]in) ending with a WS row.

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Next row: K27[27:29:30:32:33:33:33] picking up and working wraps with sts. Place sts on a holder or scrap yarn.

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Row 4: Purl. Cont in patt as set working stripes as folls: 4 more rows in A, 2B, 4A, 2B, 2A, 2B, 4A, 2B, 2A. Cont in A only. Next row: K7, (sk2po, k11) to last 10 sts, sk2po, k7. 63[63:63:63:63:75:75:75] sts. Cont in st st, beg with a purl row for 5[3:3:3:5:5:5:5] rows. Next row: K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. Inc as set on every foll 16th[16th:14th:12th:10th:20th:16th:12th] row to 75[79:81:83:85:87:91:95] sts. Work straight until Sleeve meas 42[43:43.5:44:44:45:45:46]cm (16½[17:17¼:17½:17½:17¾:17¾:18¼]in).

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Cast off 3[4:4:5:5:5:6:7] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 69[71:73:73:75:77:79:81] sts. Next row: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 67[69:71:71:73:75:77:79] sts. Dec as set on every foll 4th row to 65[65:65:65:65:63:65:63] sts and then on every RS row to 37[35:35:37:35:37:35:41] sts. Dec as set on every row to 23[21:21:19:21:23:25:27] sts. Cast off 2 sts at beg of next two rows. Cast off rem 19[17:17:15:17:17:21:23] sts.

EDGING

Gently steam pieces into shape. Return left shoulder sts from Front and Back to a needle each. With right sides together, join shoulder seam using three needle cast off. Rep for right shoulder. With RS facing, 3mm needle and A, pick up and k89[92:92:92:92:92:92:92] sts up edge of striped section, pm, pick up and k37[36:36:35:35:35:32:32] sts up remaining straight edge of Right Front, pm, pick up and k54[55:59:61:63:66:69:71] up Right Front slope, 4 sts down right Back neck, 47[49:51:53:53:55:57:57] sts across Back, 4 sts up left Back neck, 54[55:59:61:63:66:69:71] down Left Front slope, 126[128:128:127:127:127:124:124] sts down Left Front to match Right Front. 415[423:433:437:441:449:451:455] sts. Row 1: K to end, slipping markers. Row 2: K to m, remove m, k1[1:1:0:0:0:0:0], (yo, ssk, k9[9:9:9:9:9:8:8]) three times, k1[0:0:0:0:0:0:0], remove m, k to end. Rows 3 and 4: Knit. Cast off.

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NINA BY ALISON ROBSON

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Row 2 (WS): (P1, k1) to last st, p1. These 2 rows form rib, cont until work meas 5cm (2in). Change to 5.5mm needles. Beg with a k row, cont in st st as folls: Rows 1-8: Work in A. Rows 9-20: Work in B. Rows 21-24: Work in C. Rows 25-36: Work in D. Rows 37-48: Work in E. Rows 49-50: Work in C. Rows 51-62: Work in A. Rows 63-70: Work in B.

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Shape armhole

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To fit: UK size 8-12[14-18:20-24] 81-89[96-106:112-122]cm (32-36[38-42:44-48] in) Actual measurement: 128[158:188]cm (52[62¾:74]in) Length: 66[67:68]cm (26[26½:27]in) Sleeve length: 45cm (18in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

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YOU WILL NEED

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Lang Mohair Trend 70% mohair, 30% silk (approx 75m per 25g) 4[4:5] x 25g balls 53 Dark Grey (A) 4[5:5] x 25g balls 10 Deep Blue (B) 1[1:2] x 25g balls 88 Teal (C) 3[4:4] x 25g balls 33 Ice Blue (D) 3[3:4] x 25g balls 03 Pale Grey (E) 5[6:6] x 25g balls 01 Ivory (F) 1 pair each 5mm and 5.5mm needles Stitch holders 5 buttons Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

POCKET BACK

Using 5.5mm needles and D, cast on 17 sts. Work 18 rows in st st. Leave sts on holder until required.

RIGHT FRONT

Cont in B, cast off 6 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 89[113:137] sts. Rows 73-74: Work in B. Rows 75-86: Work in D. Rows 87-98: Work in E. Cont in F only until work meas 26[27:28] cm (10¼[10½:11]in) from Sleeve shaping. (122[124:126] rows total).

Work as for Left Front, reversing shaping (note cast off for armhole on row 72) and insert Pocket as folls on row 31: Pocket Row (Row 31): K15[21:27], sl next 17 sts on to a holder, k17 from Pocket Back, k15[21:27]. On completion of Right Front, using 5mm needles and D, pick up 17 sts from st holder and work 6 rows in single rib. Cast off in rib.

Cast off 14[19:25] sts at beg of next 4 rows. 33[37:37] sts. Cast off.

SLEEVES

Shape shoulder

SIZES

on row 75 and every foll 4th row until there are 28[38:50] sts. Cont until Front matches Back, ending at outside (shoulder) edge. Cast off 14[19:25] sts at beg of next row and foll alt row.

LEFT FRONT

Using 5mm needles and A, cast on 47[57:69] sts and work in rib as for Back for 5cm (2in). Change to 5.5mm needles. Work 70 rows in st st in stripe pattern as given for Back.

Shape armhole

Row 71: Cast off 6 sts, patt to end. 41[51:63] sts. Cont in stripe patt, dec 1 st at inside edge

Using 5mm needles and A, cast on 47[51:55] sts. Work in single rib as for Back for 4cm (1½in) ending with a RS row. Next row (WS): Rib 3, (m1, rib 4) to end. 57[63:68] sts. Change to 5.5mm needles and work in st st. Work in st st and stripe patt as folls, at the same time inc 1 st at each end of 5th and every foll 4th row to 89[91:94] sts and then cont without shaping until Sleeve meas 45cm (17½in), then cast off. 80 rows total will have been worked.

TENSION 24

16 sts and 23 rows to 10cm over st st using 5.5mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89 BACK

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Using 5mm needles and A cast on 101[125:149] sts. Row 1 (RS): (K1, p1) to last st, k1.

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CABLE EDGE GARTER STITCH SHAWL BY STYLECRAFT

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Rows 1-8: Work in A. Rows 9-20: Work in B. Rows 21-24: Work in C. Rows 25-36: Work in D. Rows 37-48: Work in E. Rows 49-50: Work in C. Rows 51-62: Work in B. Cont in F only to end of row 80. Cast off in F.

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BUTTONHOLE BAND

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Using 5mm needles and F, cast on 11 sts. Work 4 rows in single rib as for Back. *Buttonhole row 1: Rib 4, cast off 3 sts, rib to end. Buttonhole row 2: Rib 4, cast on 3 sts, rib to end. Rib 16 rows.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times, then work 2 buttonhole rows again. Cont in rib until band fits to centre back when slightly stretched.

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BUTTON BAND

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Work as for Buttonhole Band, omitting buttonholes.

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TO FINISH

Actual measurement along cast-on and perpendicular edges: 112 x 71cm (44 x 28in)

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YOU WILL NEED

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SIZE

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Stylecraft Head Over Heels 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon (approx 400m per 100g) 1 x 100g ball 3103 Eiger 1 pair 4mm needles Cable needle Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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Press very gently on WS using a steam iron. Catch down Pocket Back and Pocket tops. Join shoulder seam. Insert Sleeve top into right angle formed by Sleeve shaping and sew with a back st. Sew in flat, do not curve. Join Sleeve and side seams. Attach front Bands, joining at centre back neck. Sew on buttons. ●

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TENSION

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24 sts and 44 rows to 10cm over patt using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS

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For more abbreviations see page 89

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C4F = slip next 2 sts on to cable needle and hold at front, k2, then k2 from cable needle

SHAWL

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Using 4mm needles, cast on 6 sts. Row 1 (RS): K2, yfwd, k4 (7 sts). Row 2: P4, k3. Row 3: K2, yfwd, k5 (8 sts). Row 4: P4, k4. Row 5: K2, yfwd, k2tog, C4F (8 sts). Row 6: P4, k4. Row 7: K2, yfwd, k6 (9 sts). Row 8: P4, k5. Row 9: K2, yfwd, k7 (10 sts). Row 10: P4, k6.

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DIAGON VALLEY BY BOADICEA BINNERTS

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Row 11: K2, yfwd, k2, k2tog, C4F (10 sts). Row 12: P4, k6. Cont to inc this way on every RS row, taking extra sts into g st and dec every foll 6th (cable) row as set by row 11, to 170 sts, ending with a RS row facing for conventional cast off and WS row facing for cable cast off. Cast off on RS row knitwise or work a cable cast off (as shown here) as folls: Cont to cable every foll 6th row. Next row (WS): P4, k3tog, turn. Next row: K1, patt 4. Cont to rep these 2 rows until 5 sts rem. Cast off.

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TO FINISH 9

Sew in all ends and pin out your shawl cover with a damp cloth and leave to dry. ●

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SIZES

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To fit: UK size 8-10[12-14:16-18:20-22] 81-86[91-97:102-107:112-117]cm (32-34[36-38:40-42:44-46]in) Actual measurement: 120[130:140:150]cm (47¼[51¼:55:59]in) Length to shoulder: 75[85:85:90]cm (29½[33½:33½:35½]in) Sleeve length: 45cm (17½in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

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Measurements are given in cm

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YOU WILL NEED

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De Rerum Natura Cyrano 100% Merino wool (approx 150m per 100g ball) 9[10:11:12] x 100g balls Nuit 1 each 5mm and 6mm circular needles (short and long) Stitch holders 4 x stitch markers 1 x matching lightweight zip 70[75:75:80]cm (27½[29½:29½:31½]in) Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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TENSION

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14 sts and 22 rows to 10cm over st st using 6mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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Shape neck and shoulder

Work as for Right Front from * to *.

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Back

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Cont without shaping until work meas 20[22:24:26]cm (8[8½:9½:10¼]in) from start of armhole.

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Shape shoulders

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Place the 70[78:84:92] sts for the Back on a needle ready to start a WS row and cont in st st and rev st st pattern as set to match each Front at armhole edge. AT THE SAME TIME when work meas 5cm (2in) from start of armhole, inc for shoulder in the same way as for each Front. 74[82:88:96] sts.

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Next row: Work to 6 sts before armhole edge, wrap and turn. Next row: Work to end. Next row: Work to 5 sts before wrapped st, wrap and turn. Next row: Work to end.

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Shoulder shaping

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Row 1 (RS): Sl1, knit until 3 sts before 2nd marker, p3, sm, p3, knit to end. Row 2: Sl1, purl until 5 sts before 1st marker, k5, sm, k5, purl to end. Row 3: Sl1, knit until 7 sts before 2nd marker, p7, sm, p7, knit to end. Row 4: Sl1, purl until 9 sts before 1st marker, k9, sm, k9, purl to end. Cont in the same way, expanding the rev st st section by 2 sts at each end until all of the Left Front is worked in purl, ending on a RS row. Next row (WS): Sl1, knit to first marker, sm, knit until 2 sts after rev st st section, purl to second marker, sm, purl to last 2 sts, k2. Next row: Sl1, p3, knit to marker, sm, knit to 2 sts before rev st st section, purl to marker, sm, purl to end. Cont in the same way, expanding the rev st st section by 2 sts on the Right Front and Back until all the Body sts are worked in rev st st. Continue in rev st st until Body meas 55[60:60:65]cm (21½[23½:23½:25½]in), ending on a WS row.

*When work meas 14[15:16:17]cm (5½[5¾:6¼:6¾]in) from start of armhole, shape neck as folls: Next row (neck edge): Cast off 6[7:8:9] sts, work to end. 32[34:37:39] sts. Work 1 row straight. Cont to cast off at neck edge on next and every foll alt row as folls: 3 sts once, 2 sts once, 1 st once. 26[28:31:33] sts. Cont without shaping until work meas 20[22:24:26]cm (8[8½:9½:10¼]in) from start of armhole.

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Set rev st st section

Shape neck

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Row 1 (WS): Sl1, k1,*sl1 wyib, k1*, repeat from * to end. Row 2: Sl1, knit to end. Row 3: Sl1, k2, *sl1 wyib, k1*, repeat from * to last st, k1. Row 4: Sl1, knit to end. Rep rows 1 to 4 until garment measures 5cm (2in), ending on a WS row. Change to 6mm circular needle and cont as folls: Row 1 (RS): Sl1, knit to end. Row 2: Sl1, purl to end. Cont in st st, working the first st on every row as sl1, until Body meas 25[30:30:35]cm (9¾[11¾:11¾:13¾]in) from cast-on edge, ending on a purl row.

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Set Chinese Wave Pattern

Place the 36[39:43:46] sts for the Left Front on a needle ready to start a WS row and cont in rev st st until work is the same measurement as the end of the rev st st section on the Right Front. Next row (WS): Sl1, p1, knit to end. Next row: Purl to last 4 sts, k4. Next row: Sl1, p5, knit to end. Next row: Purl to last 8 sts, k8. Cont in the same way, reducing the rev st st section by 2 sts on every row until all the Left Front sts are worked in st st. AT THE SAME TIME when work meas 5cm (2in) from start of armhole, inc for shoulder as folls: Next row (RS – inc): Patt 2, m1, patt to end. Work another 5cm (2in) and rep inc row once more. 38[41:45:48] sts.

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Using 5mm circular needle and the long tail method cast on 154[168:182:196] sts. Set-up row (RS): K39[42:46:49] for Right Front, pm, k76[84:90:98] for Back, pm, k39[42:46:49] for Left Front.

Left Front

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BODY

Rep last two rows 2 more times. Work across all the sts, knitting the wrapped sts with the wraps. Leave sts on a st holder*.

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Garment is designed with 20cm (8in) positive ease. The Sleeves are knitted in the round. If you prefer to knit them flat add 1 extra st at each end of the row for the seam.

Starting at armhole edge cont as folls: Next row (WS): P3, knit to end. Next row: Sl1, purl to 5 sts before armhole edge, k5. Next row: P7, knit to end. Next row: Sl1, purl to 9 sts before armhole edge, k9. Cont in the same way, reducing the rev st st section by 2 sts on every row until all the Right Front sts are worked in st st. AT THE SAME TIME when work meas 5cm (2in) from start of armhole, inc for shoulder as folls: Next row (RS – inc): Patt until 2 sts before armhole edge, m1, patt 2. Work another 5cm (2in) and rep inc row once more. 38[41:45:48] sts.

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Right Front

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ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89

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Shape armholes

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Next row (RS): Sl1, purl until 3 sts before 1st marker, cast off 6 sts, purl until 3 sts before 2nd marker, cast off 6 sts, purl to end. Place the last two sets of sts worked (Left Front and Back) on spare needles and return to the first set of 36[39:43:46] sts.

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Shoulder shaping

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Next row: Work to 6 sts before armhole edge, wrap and turn. Next row: Work to 6 sts before armhole edge, wrap and turn. Next row: Work to 5 sts before wrapped st, wrap and turn. Next row: Work to 5 sts before wrapped st, wrap and turn. Rep last two rows 2 more times. Work across all the sts, knitting the wrapped sts with the wraps. Leave sts on a st holder. Placing Right Front and Back with right sides together cast off the shoulder sts using the 3 needle cast-off method. Cast off the shoulder sts for Left Front and Back in the same way, leaving the central sts on a holder for the neck.

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RIGHT SLEEVE

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Using 5mm straight needle, cast on 40[46:48:50]sts. Join to work in the round and cont as folls: Rnd 1: Knit. Rnd 2: *sl1 wyif, p1*, repeat from * to *. Rnd 3: Knit. Rnd 4: *p1, sl1 wyif, *, repeat from * to *. This forms Chinese Wave Pattern in the round. Rep rounds 1 to 4 until Sleeve measures 5cm (2in). Change to 6mm circular needle and cont as folls: Increase round (RS): K0[2:4:2], pm *m1, k10[11:11:12], pm*, repeat from * to * 3 more times, m1. 5 sts increased. Cont in st st, repeating the increase round on every 6th round 5 more times, working the increases after each marker. 70[76:78:80] sts. AT THE SAME TIME when Sleeve meas 35cm (13½in) work rev st st patt as folls: Rnd 1: Knit to first marker, sm, p3, knit to end. Note: The rev st st patt will cross over the start of the rounds. Rnd 2: Knit to 2 sts before the purl sts on previous round, p2, sm, p5, knit to end. Cont to work 2 purl sts either side of rev st st section until the purl section equals two-thirds of the width of the Sleeve, then start reducing the rev st st section by 2 sts on each side as before. AT THE SAME TIME after the final inc round has been completed, work short row shaping as folls: Next row: Patt to middle of Sleeve, pm, patt 4 sts, wrap and turn. Next row: Patt to 4 sts after marker, wrap and turn. Next row: Patt to 2 sts after wrapped st, wrap and turn. Rep last row until you have reached the end of the row on each side. Work 8 rounds without shaping. Next rnd (dec): K3[4:1:3], pm, *ssk, k11[12:13:13], pm*, repeat from * to * 4 more

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times, ssk. 65[71:73:75] sts. Rep the dec round on every 8th row 4 more times, decreasing after each marker. 45[51:53:55] sts. When Sleeve measures 45cm (17½in), cont as folls: Next rnd: K2, m1, work to end of round. 46[52:54:56] sts.

Armhole shaping

Cast off 3 sts at end of next round and beg of foll round. 40[46:48:50] sts.

Shape Sleeve cap

Working backwards and forwards in rows, cast off 2 sts at beg of every row until all the sts have been cast off.

LEFT SLEEVE

Work as for Right Sleeve, but start the rev st st pattern immediately after the first inc round as folls: Rnd 2: Knit to last 11[13:15:17] sts of round, purl to end of round. Cont to increase the rev st st section with 2 purl sts at each end until the entire Sleeve is worked in purl. Continue in purl until the Sleeve cap measures 10cm (4in), then start to reduce the rev st st section by 2 sts at each end. Note: Check the rev st st pattern against the main Body to ensure that it matches. If necessary start reducing the pattern sooner or later.

NECKBAND

With RS of work facing and using 5mm circular needle, pick up and knit the sts around the Right Front neck, from the stitch holder for Back neck and down the Left Front neck. Starting with row 1 of Chinese Wave Pattern as for Body, work backwards and forwards in rows for 4cm (1½in). Cast off.

FRONT BANDS

With RS of work facing and using 5mm circular needle, pick up and knit sts along Right Front edge and edge of Neckband. Starting with row 1 of Chinese Wave Pattern as for Body, work backwards and forwards in rows for 2cm (¾in). Cast off.

TO FINISH

Darn in ends. Soak and block lightly. Set Sleeves into armholes. Join zip to Fronts using the crochet method. For an online tutorial, see Zippers in Knitwear, the No-sewing Way at techknitting.blogspot.com. ●

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SHELLEY BY NATALIE SMART 3

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To fit: UK 8-10[12-14:16-18:20-22] 81-86[91-97:102-107:112-117]cm (32-34[36-38:40-42:44-46]in) Actual measurement: 80[94:100:108]cm (31½[37:39½:42½]in) Length to shoulder (knee length): 101[102:103:104]cm (39¾[40:40½:41]in) Length to shoulder (maxi length): 133[134:135:136]cm (52¼[52¾:53:53½]in) Sleeve length: 46cm (18in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

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Starting with 18 + 1 sts Row 1 (RS): Knit. Row 2: Knit. Row 3: K1, *(p3, k1) twice, yo, k1, yo, k1, (p3, k1) twice; rep from * to end. Row 4: *(P1, k3); rep from * to last st, p1. Row 5: K1, *(p2tog, p1, k1) twice, yo, k3, yo, k1, (p2tog, p1, k1) twice; rep from * to end. Row 6: *(P1, k2) twice, p1, k5, (p1, k2) twice; rep from * to last st, p1. Row 7: K1 *(p2, k1) twice, yo, k2, mb, k2, yo, k1, (p2, k1) twice; rep from * to end. Row 8: *(P1, k2) twice, p1, k7, (p1, k2) twice; rep from * to last st, p1. Row 9: K1, *(p2tog, k1) twice, yo, k2, mb, k1,

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FAN AND BOBBLE PATTERN

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Pattern count varies over rows so correct st count is on row 1 of pattern. When working any shaping, make sure you work the increases/decreases in pattern. Do not work an increase (yo, yrn) where a decrease (ie armhole shaping) is required. Keep a note of how many rows you have worked on the Back from end of armhole shaping. This will help when knitting the Front. To help get an even spread of stitches when picking up for the border, pick up every 4sts then miss a st.

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mb, k2, yo, k1, (p2tog, k1) twice; rep from * to end. Row 10: *(P1, k1) twice, p1, k9, p1, (k1, p1) twice; rep from * to end. Row 11: K1, *(p1, k1) twice, yo, k2, (mb, k1) twice, mb, k2, yo, k1, (p1, k1) twice; rep from * to end. Row 12: *(P1, k1) twice, p1, k11, (p1, k1) twice; rep from * to last st, p1. Row 13: K1, *(k2tog) twice, yo, k11, yo, k1, (k2tog twice); rep from * to end. Row 14: *P3, k13, p2; rep from * to last st, p1. Row 15: Knit. Row 16: Knit. Row 17: K1, *yo, k1, (p3, k1) 4 times, yo, k1; rep from * to end. Row 18: K2, *(p1, k3), rep from * to last 3 sts, p1, k2. Row 19: K1, *k1, yo, k1 (p2tog, p1, k1) 4 times, yo, k2; rep from * to end. Row 20: *K3, (p1, k2) 4 times, p1, k2; rep from * to last st, k1. Row 21: K1, *k2, yo, k1 (p2, k1) 4 times, yo, k2, mb; rep from * to end, do not work mb at end of last rep but work k1. Row 22: *K4, (p1, k2) 4 times, p1, k3; rep from * to last st, k1. Row 23: K1, *mb, k2, yo, k1, (p2tog, k1) 4 times, yo, k2, mb, k1; rep from * to end. Row 24: *K5, (p1, k1) 4 times, p1, k4; rep from * to last st, k1. Row 25: K1 *k1, mb, k2, yo, k1, (p1, k1) 4 times, yo, k2, mb, k1, mb; rep from * to end. At the end of last rep, k1 instead of working mb. Row 26: *K6, (p1, k1) 4 times, p1, k5; rep

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YOU WILL NEED

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Yarn Stories Fine Merino & Baby Alpaca Aran 70% wool, 30% alpaca (approx 95m per 50g) Knee length: 17[18:19:20] x 50g balls Duck Egg 2507 Maxi length: 22[23:24:25] x 50g balls Duck Egg 2507 1 pair each 5.5mm, 5mm and 4.5mm needles 1 circular 4.5mm needle 200cm long Stitch holders Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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TENSION

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18 sts and 24 rows to 10cm over st st using 5mm needles. 21 sts and 21 rows to 10cm over patt using 5mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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Work as for Right Front, reversing all shaping.

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SLEEVES

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Work in 1x1 rib until rib section meas 6cm (2.5in). Change to 5mm needles. Next row: K to last st, inc in last st. 163[181:199:217] sts. Work in patt until Body meas 20cm (8in) from end of rib ending on row 28 (WS) of patt. Divide for Front and Back Place first 41[45:49:54] sts and last 41[45:49:54] sts on to 2 stitch holders (these are the Fronts) and rejoin yarn to centre 81[91:101:109] sts for Back.

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Shape armhole

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Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 77[87:97:105]sts. Next row: Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at each end of next and every alt row to 69[73:83:87] sts. Work straight until armhole meas 20[21:22:23]cm (8[8¼:8½:9]in) ending on a WS row.

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from * to last st, k1. Row 27: K1, *k5, yo, k1 (k2tog) 4 times, yo, k6; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3. Row 28: *K7, p5, k6; rep from * to last st, k1. These 28 rows form pattern and are repeated.

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BODY (worked in one piece to armhole)

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Using 5.5mm needles cast on 163[181:199:217] sts. For knee length version: Work in patt until Body meas 55cm (21¾in) ending on row 2 of patt. For maxi length version: Work in patt until Body meas 87cm (34in) ending on row 2 of patt. Lengthen or shorten here. Change to 4.5mm needles. Row 1: (K1, p1) to last 3 sts, k1, k2tog. 162[180:198:216] sts. Row 2: (K1, p1) to end.

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Next 2 rows: Patt to last 5[5:6:6] sts, w&t, patt to end. Next 2 rows: Patt to last 11[11:13:13] sts, w&t, patt to end. Next 2 rows: Patt to last 17[17:20:20] sts, w&t, patt to end. Using short row shaping, work in sequences of 6[6:7:7] sts over 18[18:21:21] sts and place these sts on to a holder along with centre 33[37:41:45] sts. Place end 18[18:21:21] sts on to LH needle. Rejoin yarn at neck edge and work second side short row shaping to match the first. Place 18[18:21:21] sts on a holder.

RIGHT FRONT

With RS facing, place 41[45:49:54] sts for Right Front on to LH needle and rejoin yarn to front edge.

Shape armhole

Next row (RS): Patt to end. Next row (WS): Cast off 2 sts at beg of row, patt to end. 39[43:47:52] sts. Dec 1 st at armhole edge on next and every alt row to 35[36:40:43] sts. Work straight until armhole meas 10cm (4in).

Shape neck

Using 5mm needles, cast on 55 sts and work in patt for 28 rows. Next row (RS): Knit. Sizes 1 and 2 only Next row: K1, (k8, kfb) to end (61 sts). Change to 4.5mm needles. Work in 1x1 rib patt as for Body inc 1 st at each end of 5th row then 10 foll 6th rows (83 sts). Inc 1 st at each end of foll 8th row once (85 sts). Sizes 3 and 4 only Next row: K4, (k3, kfb) to last 3 sts, k3 (67 sts). Change to 4.5mm needle and work in 1x1 rib patt as for Body, inc 1 st at each end of 3rd row and then four foll 4th rows (77 sts). Inc 1 st at each end of nine foll 6th rows (95 sts). All sizes Work straight until Sleeve meas 46cm (18in).

Shape top

Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 81[81:91:91] sts. Dec 1 st at each end of every row to 57[57:63:63] sts. Dec 1 st at each end of every alt row to 43[43:47:47] sts. Dec 1 st at each end of every row to 19 sts ending on a WS row. Cast off.

FRONT BORDER AND NECKBAND

Press pieces lightly according to ball band and darn in loose yarn ends. Join shoulder seams using 3 needle cast off. Knee length version With RS facing using 4.5mm circular needle, starting at bottom Right Front, pick up and k132 sts evenly up front edge, k33[37:41:45] sts on holder for Back neck, k132 sts down Left Front. 297[301:305:309] sts. Work in g st for 6 rows, cast off knitwise. Maxi length version: With RS facing using 4.5mm circular needle, starting at bottom Right Front, pick up and k218 sts evenly up front edge, k33[37:41:45] sts on holder for Back neck, k218 sts down Left Front. 469[473:477:481] sts. Work in g st for 6 rows, cast off knitwise.

TO FINISH

Pin and sew Sleeve heads in place along armhole. Join side and Sleeve seams. ●

Dec 1 st at neck edge on every row 6[7:8:10] times then every alt row 11[11:11:12] times. 18[18:21:21] sts. Work straight until armhole meas 20[21:22:23] cm (8[8¼:8½:9]in) ending on a RS row.

Shape shoulders

Use short row shaping as for Back.

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Using the long tail method, cast on 60 sts with smaller needle. Being careful not to twist, pm and join sts to work in rnd. Rnd 1 and all odd-numbered rnds: *p1, k2; rep from * to end. Rnds 2 and 4: *p1, k2, p1, sl1 pwise wyib, p1, yo – pass the sl st over the p1 and yo; rep from * to end.

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A thick, warm hat that knits up in no time, Aeolica is worked from the brim upwards in an easy, rhythmic slip stitch pattern.

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11 sts and 20 rounds to 10cm in pattern after blocking. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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Kettle Yarn Co Waltham Super British Bluefaced Leicester 100% supersorted British Bluefaced Leicester wool (50m per 100g) 4 x 100g hanks in Tulle 7.5mm circular needle 40cm long 8mm circular needle 40cm long OR 7.5mm and 8mm sets of double-pointed needles Stitch markers Darning needle

Rnd 1: K1, ssk, work 8 sts in patt, * k2tog, ssk, work 8 sts in patt; rep from * to last st. Slip st to right hand needle and remove marker. Slip st back to left hand needle and k2tog, replace marker for beginning of rnd (50 sts remain). Rnd 2: *K1, sl1 pwise wyib, p1, yo – pass the sl st over the p1 and yo, p1, k2, p1, sl1 pwise wyib, p1, yo – pass the sl st over the p1 and yo, k1; rep from * to end. Rnd 3: K1, ssk, work 6 sts in patt, * k2tog, ssk, work 8 sts in patt; rep from * to last st. Slip st to right hand needle and remove marker. Slip st back to left hand needle and k2tog, and replace marker for beginning of rnd (40 sts remain). Rnd 4: K2, *p1, k2, p1, k4; rep from * to last 5 sts, p1, k2, p1, k1. Rnd 5: K1, ssk, work 4 sts in pattern, * k2tog, ssk, work 4 sts in pattern; rep from * to last st. Slip st to right hand needle and remove marker. Slip st back to left hand needle and k2tog, and replace marker for beginning of rnd (30 sts remain). Rnd 6: K1, *p1, k2; rep from * to last st, p1. Rnd 7: K1, ssk, work 2 sts in patt, * k2tog, ssk, work 2 sts in patt; rep from * to last st. Slip st to right hand needle and remove marker. Slip st back to left hand needle and k2tog, and replace marker for beginning of rnd (20 sts remain). Rnd 8: K to end. Rnd 9: K1, ssk, *k2tog, ssk; rep from * to last st. Slip st to right hand needle and remove marker. Slip st back to left hand needle and k2tog, and replace marker for beginning of rnd (10 sts remain). Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts twice. Pull to close.

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Circumference at brim: 54.5cm (21½in) Height brim to crown: 24cm (9½in)

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Change to larger needle. Rnds 6 and 8: *p1, sl1 pwise wyib, p1, yo – pass the sl st over the p1 and yo, p1, k2; rep from * to end. Rep rnds 1-8 in larger needle until hat meas 15 cm (6 in), ending with an evennumbered rnd.

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To fit: UK 6-8[10-12:12-14:14-16:18-20:20-22] 76-81[84-89:91-97:99-104:107-112:114-119]cm (30-32[33-35:36-38:39-41:42-44:45-47]in) Actual meas: 89[97:105:113:122:129]cm (35[38¼[41½:44¾:48:51]in) Length to shoulder: 60[60:61:61:62:62]cm (23½[23½:24:24:24½:24½]in) Sleeve length: 34cm (13½in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

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King Cole Fashion Aran 70% acrylic, 30% wool (approx 200m per 100g)

Using 4.5mm needles cast on 58[66:74:82:90:98] sts. Knit 1 row. Work in g st, shaping side edges as folls: Row 1 (RS): Kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1. 60[68:76:84:92:100] sts. Row 2: Knit. Rows 3-20: Rep rows 1-2 nine times. 78[86:94:102:110:118] sts. Row 21: As row 1. Rows 22-24: Knit. Rep rows 21-24 four times. 88[96:104:112:120:128] sts. Change to 5mm needles and main patt: Row 1 (RS): K3, (p2, k2) to last st, k1. Row 2: P3, (k2, p2) to last st, p1. Rows 3-4: Knit. Row 5: P3, (k2, p2) to last st, p1. Row 6: K3, (p2, k2) to last st, k1. Rows 7-8: Knit. These 8 rows form patt. Cont in patt until work meas 53cm (21in) from cast-on edge, ending after a WS row.

Shape neck

Next row: Patt 33[36:39:43:46:49] sts, turn. Cont on this group of sts for left half of neck. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 5 rows.

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Cast off 4[5:5:6:7:7] sts at beg of next row and 4 foll alt rows. 8[6:9:8:6:9] sts. Work 1 row straight. Cast off. With RS facing slip next 22[24:26:26:28:30] sts (centre sts) on to a holder and leave. Rejoin yarn to rem 28[31:34:38:41:44] sts and patt to end of row. Complete as left half.

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Shape shoulders

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Cast off 4[5:5:6:7:7] sts at beg of next 10 rows. 48[46:54:52:50:58] sts. Cast off 8[6:9:8:6:9] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 32[34:36:36:38:40] sts. Slip rem sts on to a holder and leave.

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Rico Essentials Alpaca Blend Chunky 50% acrylic, 30% virgin wool, 20% alpaca (approx 90m per 50g) 8[8:9:9:10:10] x 50g balls 011 Teal 1 pair each 4.5mm, 5mm and 6mm needles Stitch holder 1 large button from Duttons for Buttons Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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Join left shoulder. Using 4.5mm needles, RS facing, k32[34:36:36:38:40] sts of Back neck, pick up and k25[25:26:26:28:28] sts from right side of neck, k22[24:26:26:28:30] sts of Front neck sts evenly across, finally pick up and k25[25:26:26:28:28] sts evenly up right front neck. 104[108:114:114:122:126] sts Knit 4 rows. Change to 6mm needles and cont in g st until Collar meas 18cm (7in). Cast off loosely and evenly knitwise.

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Row 1: Work to last 4 sts, turn. Row 2: Sl1 firmly, work to last 4 sts, turn. Rows 3-4: Sl1 firmly, work to last 7 sts, turn. Rows 5-6: Sl1 firmly, work to last 10 sts, turn. Rows 7-8: Sl1 firmly, work to last 13 sts, turn. Cont in this way until the 2 rows “sl1 firmly, work to last 28 sts, turn” have been worked. Next row: Sl1 firmly, work to end of row. Cast off loosely.

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To fit: UK 6-8[10-12:14-16:18-20:22-24:26-28] 76-81[86-91:97-102:107-112:117-122:127-132]cm (30-32[34-36:38-40:42-44:46-48:50-52]in) Actual measurement: 86[97:107:117:127:137]cm (34[38:42:46:50:54]in) Length to back neck excluding collar approx: 39[41:42:43:45:46]cm (15½[16:16½:17:17¾:18¼]in) Sleeve length (adjustable): 23cm (9in) Note: When complete, length of jacket from top of shoulder will be approximately 6[6:7:7:8:8]cm (2¼[2¼:2¾:2¾:3:3]in) longer than given because of wide Sleeve top. Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

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26 sts and 28 rows to 10cm over garter st using 6mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

Join right shoulder and Collar edges. Stitch cast-off edges of Sleeves to upper sections of yoke, matching centre of Sleeves to shoulder seams, and allowing approx 55[58:61:66:69:72] rows for armhole drop. Join side and Sleeve seams, leaving shaped g st sections free at lower Front and Back. ●

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Worked over 15 sts Note: Where st totals are quoted, these always refer to the basic 15 sts. Row 1 (RS): YfT, k6, sk2po, k6, yfT. Row 2 and every alt row: Work across 15 sts working once only into each yfT. Row 3: K1, yfT, k5, sk2po, k5, yfT, k1. Row 5: K2, yfT, k4, sk2po, k4, yfT, k2. Row 7: K3, yfT, k3, sk2po, k3, yfT, k3. Row 9: K4, yfT, k2, sk2po, k2, yfT, k4. Row 11: K5, yfT, k1, sk2po, k1, yfT, k5. Row 13: K6, yfT, sk2po, yfT, k6. Row 14: As row 2.

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Using 6mm needles cast on 39[43:47:51:55:59] sts evenly, taking special care not to cast on tightly. Knit 1 row. ** Work in g st with Panel as folls: Row 1 (RS): K13[14:15:17:18:19], work 15 sts from row 1 of Panel, k11[14:17:19:22:25]. Row 2: K11[14:17:19:22:25], work 15 sts from row 2 of Panel, k13[14:15:17:18:19]. Rows 3-14: Rep rows 1-2 six times, working rows 3-14 of Panel. Rep these 14 patt rows twice more, then work rows 1-9 again, finishing at side edge.

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Note: Once next 5 rows (rows 10-14 of Panel) have been worked, all sts should be worked in g st. This also applies to Left Front and Back. Row 1: Cast off 2[3:3:4:4:5] sts, work to end. 37[40:44:47:51:54] sts. Row 2: Work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Rows 3-5: Work 3 rows straight. Rep last 4 rows 6[4:3:2:1:0] more times, ending after row 5. 30[35:40:44:49:53] sts. Next row: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Next row: Knit. Rep these 2 rows until 15[15:16:16:17:18] sts rem, ending after a WS row. Break yarn, slip sts on to a length of yarn and leave.

Row 3: K1, skpo, work to end. Rows 4-6: Work 3 rows straight. Rep last 4 rows 6[4:3:2:1:0] more times, ending after row 6. 30[35:40:44:49:53] sts. Next row: K1, skpo, k to end. Next row: Knit. Rep these 2 rows until 15[15:16:16:17:18] sts rem, ending after a WS row. Break yarn and slip sts on to a length of yarn.

BACK

Cast on 68[76:84:92:100:108] sts and work as Right Front to **. Work in g st with Panels as folls: Row 1 (RS): K11[14:17:19:22:25], work row 1 of Panel, k16[18:20:24:26:28], work row 1 of Panel, k11[14:17:19:22:25]. Row 2: As row 1 but working row 2 of Panel. Rows 3-14: Rep rows 1-2 six times, working rows 3-14 of Panel. Rep these 14 patt rows twice more, then rows 1-8 again.

Shape raglan

Rows 1 and 2: Cast off 2[3:3:4:4:5] sts, work to end. 64[70:78:84:92:98] sts. Row 3: K1, skpo, work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Rows 4-6: Work straight. Rep last 4 rows 6[4:3:2:1:0] more times, ending after row 6. 50[60:70:78:88:96] sts. Next row: As row 3. Next row: Knit. Rep these 2 rows until 20[20:22:22:24:26] sts rem. Work 1 row. Slip sts on to a stitch holder and leave.

SLEEVES

Cast on 57[63:67:73:77:81] sts and work as Right Front to **. Work in g st with Panel as folls: Row 1 (RS): K21[24:26:29:31:33], work row 1 of Panel, k21[24:26:29:31:33]. Row 2: K21[24:26:29:31:33], work row 2 of Panel, k to end. Rows 3-14: Rep rows 1-2 six times, working

rows 3-14 of Panel. Rep these 14 rows twice more. Change to g st on all sts and work straight until Sleeve meas 23cm (9in) from beg, ending after a WS row and excluding point of lace when measuring. Note: Length may be adjusted here.

Shape raglan

Rows 1 and 2: Cast off 2[3:3:4:4:5] sts, work to end. 53[57:61:65:69:71] sts. Rows 3-6: K1, skpo, work to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Rep last 4 rows 12[11:12:12:13:14] more times, ending after row 6. 27[33:35:39:41:41] sts. Next row: As row 3. Next row: Knit. Rep these 2 rows until 21[21:23:23:25:27] sts rem. Work 1 row. Slip sts on to a length of yarn and leave.

FUNNEL NECKBAND

Join raglan shapings. With WS of all pieces facing, slip sts of Left Front on to a 5mm needle, followed by sts of Left Sleeve, Back, Right Sleeve, then finally sts of Right Front. 92[92:100:100:108:116] sts. Knit 10 rows in g st. Next row (buttonhole row): K5, cast off 3 sts, k to end. Next row: K, casting on 3 sts neatly over those cast off. Knit 10 more rows. Change to 4.5mm needles. Knit 8 rows. Work 2 buttonhole rows again. Knit 10 rows. Cast off very loosely.

TO FINISH

Join side and Sleeve seams. Fold Neckband in half to WS and hem in position. Neaten around buttonhole. Sew on button. Press seams lightly on WS foll ball band instructions. ●

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Work as Right Front to **. Work in g st with Panel as folls: Row 1 (RS): K11[14:17:19:22:25], work 15 sts from row 1 of Panel, k13[14:15:17:18:19] sts. Row 2: K13[14:15:17:18:19], work 15 sts from row 2 of Panel, k to end. Rows 3-14: Rep rows 1-2 six times, working rows 3-14 of Panel. Rep these 14 rows twice more, then work rows 1-8 again.

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Next row: Keeping raglan shaping correct cast off centre 16[16:16:16:18:18:18:18] sts, work to end. Next row: Purl. Next row: Cast off 2 sts, patt to end. Next row: Purl. Next row: Ssk, patt to end. Keeping raglan shaping correct, dec 1 st on neck edge on RS rows as set 2[4:6:7:6:8:10:12] more times and then on every 4th row 6[5:4:4:5:4:3:2] times. Complete raglan shaping while working straight on neck edge. Cast off rem 2 sts. Rejoin yarn to left neck, p to end. Complete to match right neck, reversing all shaping.

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Debbie Bliss Cotton Denim DK 100% cotton (approx 200m per 50g) 4[4:5:5:5:5:6:6] x 50g balls New Denim (A) 4[4:5:5:5:5:6:6] x 50g balls True Blue (B) 4[4:5:5:5:5:6:6] x 50g balls Mid Blue (C) 1 pair each 3.75mm and 4mm needles 1 circular 3.75mm needle Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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To fit: UK 8[10:12:14:16:18:20:22] 81[86:91:97:102:107:112:117]cm (32[34:36:38:40:42:44:46]in) Actual measurement: 94[99:105:111:114:120:125:131]cm (37[39:41½:43¾:45:47¼:49½:51½]in) Length to shoulder: 59[60:60.5:60.5:61.5:61.5:62:62.5]cm (23¼[23½:23¾:23¾:24¼:24¼:24½:24½]in) Sleeve length: 44.5[45:45:46:46.5:46.5:47:47] cm (17½[17¾:17¾:18:18¼:18¼:18½:18½]in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

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With 3.75mm needles and A, cast on 106[112:118:124:128:134:140:146] sts. Row 1: K2[3:2:3:3:2:3:2], (p2, k2) to last 0[1:0:1:1:0:1:0], k0[1:0:1:1:0:1:0] st. Row 2: P2[3:2:3:3:2:3:2], (k2, p2) to last 0[1:0:1:1:0:1:0], p0[1:0:1:1:0:1:0] st. Rep rows 1 and 2 six more times Change to 4mm needles. Beg with a k row, cont in st st throughout, work 30[32:32:32:32:32:32:32] rows. Work stripe sequence as folls: 1 row in B. 3 rows in A. 2 rows in B. 2 rows in A. 3 rows in B. 1 row in A. 44[46:46:46:46:46:46:46] rows in B. Note: Please read all of next section before continuing: Work second stripe sequence as folls: 1 row in C. 3 rows in B. 2 rows in C. 2 rows in B. 3 rows in C. 1 row in B. Cont in C only for rem of Back, AT THE SAME TIME when 92[92:92:90:90:88:86:84] st st rows are complete start raglan shaping: Cast off 3[4:4:5:5:6:6:7] sts at beg of next two rows. 100[104:110:114:118:122:128:132] sts. Next row: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. 98[102:108:112:116:120:126:130] sts. This row sets position of raglan decs. **Dec as set at each end of next 20[21:21:22:23:24:24:25] RS rows, then on next 8[8:10:10:10:10:12:12] rows. 42[44:46:48:50:52:54:56] sts. Cast off.

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With 3.75mm needles and A, cast on 54[56:56:58:58:58:60:60] sts. Row 1: K2[3:3:2:2:2:3:3], (p2, k2) to last 0[1:1:0:0:0:1:1], k0[1:1:0:0:0:1:1]. Row 2: P2[3:3:2:2:2:3:3], (k2, p2) to last 0[1:1:0:0:0:1:1], p0[1:1:0:0:0:1:1]. Rep rows 1 and 2 six more times Change to 4mm needles and st st. Note: read all rem instructions before continuing: Inc 1 st at each end of row 9 and every foll 10[10:10:10:10:8:8:6]th row 5[5:5:3:4:5:9:14] times and then on every 8[8:8:8:8:6:6:4]th row 5[5:5:8:7:9:4:2] times. 76[78:78:82:82:88:88:94] sts. AT SAME TIME work colour changes as folls: Work 48[52:52:56:58:60:64:66] rows in A. 1 row in B 3 rows in A 2 rows in B 2 rows in A 3 rows in B 1 row in A 44[46:46:46:46:46:46:46] rows in B. Work second stripe sequence as folls: 1 row in C. 3 rows in B. 2 rows in C. 2 rows in B. 3 rows in C. 1 row in B. Cont in C and st st for rest of Sleeve AT THE SAME TIME when 110[112:112:114:116:116:118:118] st st rows are complete start raglan shaping as folls: Cast off 3[4:4:5:5:6:6:7] sts at beg of next two rows. 70[70:70:72:72:76:76:80] sts. Next row: K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. 68[68:68:70:70:74:74:78] sts. This row sets position of raglan decs.

Dec as set at each end of every foll 4th row 0[0:0:0:0:1:2:1] times, then on every RS row 21[23:26:27:27:27:26:29] times, and then every row 6[4:0:0:0:0:0:0] times. Cast off rem 14[14:16:16:16:18:18:18] sts.

NECKBAND

Join raglan seams. With RS facing, using 3.75mm circular needle and C, pick up and k40[42:44:46:48:50:52:54] sts across Back, 12[12:14:14:14:16:16:16] sts across Sleeve top, 20[21:20:21:23:24:23:24] sts down right Front neck, 16[16:16:16:18:18:18:18] sts across Front cast off sts, 20[21:20:21:23:24:23:24] sts up left Front neck and 12[12:14:14:14:16:16:16]sts across Sleeve top. 120[124:128:132:140:148:148:152] sts. Row 1: (P2, k2) to end. Cont in rib until neckband meas 3cm (1¼in). Next row: Knit. Cont in st st until st st section measures 6cm (2¼in). Cast off loosely using a larger needle if necessary.

TO FINISH

Join side and Sleeve seams, then weave in ends. ●

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Diagram

With right sides facing and using diagram as a guide, sew rectangles together.

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Any DK weight yarn Approx 1,440m (850g) in blue 4mm crochet hook Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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YOU WILL NEED

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TO FINISH

Finished rectangle measurement: 90 x 62cm (35½ x 24½in)

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SIZE

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(3 skipped chs count as first dc) and in each ch across (166 dc). Note: Loop a short piece of yarn around any stitch to mark row 1 as RS. Row 2: Ch1, turn; dc in first tr, *ch3, work first leg of cluster, skip next 4tr, work (second leg of cluster, ch3, dc) in next tr; repeat from * across (33 clusters and 34 dc). Row 3: Ch4, turn; (dtr, ch3, dc) in next cluster, ch3, work first leg of cluster, *skip next dc, work (second leg of cluster, ch3, dc) in next cluster, ch3, work first leg of cluster; repeat from * across to last dc, work second leg of cluster in last dc (33 clusters and one dtr). Row 4: Ch1, turn; dc in first cluster, ch4, skip next dc, *dc in next cluster, ch4, skip next dc; repeat from * across to last dtr, dc in last dtr, leave beginning ch-4 unworked (34 dc and 33 ch-4 sps). Row 5: Ch3 (counts as first tr), turn; (4tr in next ch-4 sp, dc in next sc) across (166 dc). Rows 6-49: Repeat rows 2 – 5 eleven times. Bind off.

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TENSION

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21tr and 9 rows to 11.5cm over pattern. Use larger or smaller hook if necessary to obtain correct tension.

ABBREVIATIONS

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ch-sp = chain-space dtr = double treble: yo 3 times, insert hook into closest loop to hook, yo, draw loop through, (yo, draw through 2 loops on hook) four times.

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Pattern from Boho Chic Crochet Ponchos published by Leisure Arts, available from thegmcgroup.com

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Ch 168. Row 1 (RS): Tr in fourth ch from hook

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PONCHO RECTANGLE (MAKE 2)

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First leg: yo twice, insert hook in same st as last dc made, yo and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), (yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice (2 loops remaining on hook). Second leg: yo twice, insert hook in st indicated, yo and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), (yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

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With 3.5mm needles cast on 104[118:130:144:156:170:182] sts. Beg with a k row work in st st until piece meas 28[26.5:25.5:24:23:21.5:20.5]cm (11[10½:10:9½:9:8½:8]in), ending with a WS row.

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Shape armholes

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Cast off 6[7:8:9:10:12:14] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 92[104:114:126:136:146:154] sts. Next row (RS) (dec): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 90[102:112:124:134:144:152] sts. Next row: Purl. Rep last 2 rows 5[7:8:10:11:12:12] more times. 80[88:96:104:112:120:128] sts. Cont without shaping until armhole meas 18[19:20.5:21.5:23:24:25.5]cm (7[7½:8:8½:9:9½:10]in), ending with a WS row.

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Shape shoulders and back neck

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Row 1 (RS): K to last 5[5:6:7:7:8:9] sts, w&t. Row 2 (WS): P to last 5[5:6:7:7:8:9] sts, w&t. Row 3: K to 4[5:6:6:7:8:8] sts before wrapped st, w&t. Row 4: P to 4[5:6:6:7:8:8] sts before wrapped st, w&t. Row 5: K8[10:11:12:14:15:16] sts, cast off next 46[48:50:54:56:58:62] sts for Back neck, work to 4[5:6:6:7:8:8] sts before wrapped st, w&t.

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To fit: UK 6-8[10-12:14-16:18-20:22-24:26-28:30-32] 76-81[86-91:97-101:107-112:117-122:127132:137-142]cm (30-32[34-36:38-40:42-44:4648:50-52:54-56]in) Actual measurement: 81.5[92:101.5:112.5:122:132.5:142]cm (32[36¼:40:44¼:48:52¼:56]in) Back length inc edging: 50cm (19¾in) Sleeve length: 45.5cm (18in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

Back left shoulder

Row 6 (WS): Purl. Row 7 (RS): K across all shoulder sts, picking up wraps as they appear and working them tog with wrapped st. Leave rem 17[20:23:25:28:31:33] shoulder sts on waste yarn.

Back right shoulder

With WS facing, beg at neck edge, reattach yarn at Back right shoulder. Row 6 (WS): P to 4[5:6:6:7:8:8] sts before

wrapped st, w&t. Row 7: Knit. Row 8: P across all shoulder sts, picking up wraps as they appear and working them tog with wrapped st. Leave rem 17[20:23:25:28:31:33] shoulder sts on waste yarn.

RIGHT FRONT Front slope

With 3.5mm needles cast on 3 sts. Purl 1 row. Row 1 (RS): K to end, cast on 2[2:3:3:3:4:4] sts. 5[5:6:6:6:7:7] sts. Row 2 (WS): Purl. Rep rows 1 and 2 a further 4[0:11:4:2:13:12] more times. 13[5:39:18:12:59:55] sts. Next row (RS): K to end, cast on 3[3:4:4:4:5:5] sts. 16[8:43:22:16:64:60] sts. Next row (WS): Purl. Rep last 2 rows 10[15:4:11:14:3:5] more times. 46[53:59:66:72:79:85] sts. Cont to work in st st, dec at inside/ neck edge on every 8[8:8:8:8:6:6]th row 17[14:11:5:2:22:18] times, then every -[6:6:6:6:4:4]th row -[4:8:16:20:1:7] times working dec row as folls: Dec row: K1, ssk, k to end. AT THE SAME TIME, when side length meas 28[26.5:25.5:24:23:21.5:20.5]cm (11[10½:10:9½:9:8½:8]in), shape armhole as folls, beg with a WS row: Next row (WS): Cast off 6[7:8:9:10:12:14] sts, p to end. Next row (RS): Work in patt. Next row (WS – dec row): P1, p2tog, p to end. Rep last 2 rows 5[7:8:10:11:12:12] more times. 17[20:23:25:28:31:33] shoulder sts rem after

Measurements are given in cm

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YOU WILL NEED

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Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine 75% alpaca, 25% nylon (approx 422m per 100g) 3[3:3:4:4:4:4] x 100g balls 2018 Monterey Bay 1 pair 3.5mm needles 1 circular 3.5mm needle 80cm long Stitch holders Stitch markers Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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TENSION

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26 sts and 32 rows to 10cm over st st using 3.5mm needles after blocking. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89

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Shape Sleeve cap

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Cast off 6[7:8:9:10:12:14] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 66[72:76:82:86:92:96] sts. Row 1 (RS – dec): K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. 64[70:74:80:84:90:94] sts. Row 2 (WS): Purl. Rep rows 1 and 2 a further 18[20:21:23:24:26:27] times. 28[30:32:34:36:38:40] sts. Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 24[26:28:30:32:34:36] sts. Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 16[18:20:22:24:26:28] sts. Cast off.

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MAKING UP

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Weave in ends and block all pieces to measurements given. Trim ends after blocking. Transfer shoulder sts to needles and join shoulder seam with 3 needle cast off. Sew Sleeves into armholes. Using mattress stitch, sew Sleeve and side seams.

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HEM EDGING

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With RS facing, beg at bottom left edge, pick up and k1 st in each st along bottom edge of sweater. Knit 10 rows g st. Cast off loosely.

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COLLAR

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With 3.5mm circular needle and RS facing, beg at bottom Right Front edge, pick up and k1 st in each garter ridge of hem, 3 sts for every 4 rows along Right Front edge, 1 st in each cast-off Back neck st, 3 sts for every 4 rows along Left Front edge, and 1 st in each garter ridge of hem. Turn. Knit 3 rows. Inc row: K1, kfb, k to last 3 sts, kfb, k2. Rep last 4 rows seven more times. Cast off.

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TO FINISH

Weave in remaining ends. Steam block seams and collar. Trim ends. ●

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Short row 1 (WS): P to last 5 [5:6:7:7:8:9] sts, w&t. Short rows 2, 4, 6 (RS): Knit. Short row 3: P to 4[5:6:6:7:8:8] sts before wrapped st, w&t. Short row 5: P to 4[5:6:6:7:8:8] sts before wrapped st, w&t. Row 7: P across all shoulder sts, picking up wraps as they appear and working them tog with the wrapped st. Leave rem 17[20:23:25:28:31:33] shoulder sts on waste yarn.

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Shape shoulder

Beg with a WS row cont in st st, inc on every 8[8:8:6:6:6:4]th row 10[4:1:13:11:5:27] times, then on every 6[6:6:4:4:4:2]th row 5[13:17:8:11:20:1] times working incs as folls: Inc row: K1, kfb, k to last 3 sts, kfb, k2. 78[86:92:100:106:116:124] sts. Cont without shaping until Sleeve meas 45.5cm (18in) from cast-on edge.

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With 3.5mm needles cast on 3 sts. Knit 1 row. Row 1 (WS): P to end, cast on 2[2:3:3:3:4:4] sts. Row 2 (RS): Knit. Rep last 2 rows 4[0:11:4:2:13:12] more times. Next row (WS): P to end, cast on 3[3:4:4:4:5:5] sts. Next row (RS): Knit. Rep last 2 rows 10[15:4:11:14:3:5] more times. 46[53:59:66:72:79:85] sts. Cont to work in st st, dec at inside/ neck edge on every 8[8:8:8:8:6:6]th row 17[14:11:5:2:22:18] times, then every -[6:6:6:6:4:4]th row -[4:8:16:20:1:7] times, working dec row as folls: Dec row: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. AT THE SAME TIME, when side length meas 28[26.5:25.5:24:23:21.5:20.5]cm (11[10½:10:9½:9:8½:8]in) shape armhole as folls: Next row (RS): Cast off 6[7:8:9:10:12:14] sts, k to end. Next row (WS): Patt to end. Next row (RS) (dec): K1, ssk, k to end. Rep last 2 rows 5[7:8:10:11:12:12] more times. 17[20:23:25:28:31:33] shoulder sts rem after all shaping is complete. Cont without shaping until armhole meas 18[19:20.5:21.5:23:24:25.5]cm (7[7½:8:8½:9:9½:10]in) to match Back, ending with a RS row.

Shape Sleeve

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Front slope

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LEFT FRONT

With 3.5mm needles cast on 48[52:56:58:62:66:68]. Knit 39 rows in g st. Cuff should meas approx 7.5cm (3in) from cast-on edge.

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Short row 1 (RS): K to last 5[5:6:7:7:8:9] sts, w&t. Short rows 2, 4, 6 (WS): Purl. Short row 3: K to 4[5:6:6:7:8:8] sts before wrapped st, w&t. Short row 5: K to 4[5:6:6:7:8:8] sts before wrapped st, w&t. Row 7: K across all shoulder sts, picking up wraps as they appear and working them tog with the wrapped st. Leave rem 17[20:23:25:28:31:33] shoulder sts on waste yarn.

Cuff

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Shape shoulder

SLEEVES

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all shaping is complete. Cont without shaping until armhole meas 18[19:20.5:21.5:23:24:25.5]cm (7[7½:8:8½:9:9½:10]in) to match Back, ending with a WS row.

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of work, k2, then k2 from cn C4F = slip next 2 sts on to cn, hold to front of work, k2, then k2 from cn C4BP = slip next 2 sts on to cn, hold at back of work, k2, then p2 from cn C4FP = slip next 2 sts on to cn, hold to front of work, p2, then k2 from cn C6B = slip next 3 sts on to cn, hold at back of work, k3 then k3 from cn

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The sweater is designed to be close fitting, but rib will extend, so the stitch tension given is flexible.

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To fit UK size: 8-10[12-14:16-18] To fit bust: 81-86[91-97:102-107]cm (32-34[36-38:40-42]in) Actual measurement approx: 92[100:107]cm (36¼[39½:42]in) Length to shoulder: 59[61:62]cm (23¼[24:24½]in) Sleeve length: 46cm (18in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

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With 5mm needles, cast on 126[134:142] sts. Row 1 (RS): K2, (p2, k2) to end. Row 2 (WS): P2, (k2, p2) to end. These 2 rows form rib and are repeated 14[16:18] more times. Row 1 (RS): Rib 60[64:68], k6, rib 60[64:68]. Row 2 and every foll WS row: K and p sts as they appear, so row 2 will be rib 60[64:68], p6, rib 60[64:68]. Row 3: Rib 60[64:68], C6B, rib 60[64:68]. Row 5: As row 3. Row 7: As row 3. Row 9: Rib 54[58:62], C4B, p2, k6, p2, C4F, rib 54[58:62]. Row 11: Rib 52[56:60], C4BP, k2, p2, C6B, p2, k2, C4FP, rib 52[56:60]. Row 13: Rib 50[54:58], C4B, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2, k2, p2, C4F, rib 50[54:58]. Row 15: Rib 48[52:56], C4BP, k2, C4B, p2, k6, p2, C4F, k2, C4FP, rib 48[52:56]. Row 17: Rib 46[50:54], C4B, p2, C4BP, k2, p2,

k6, p2, k2, C4FP, p2, C4F, rib 46[50:54]. Row 19: Rib 44[48:52], C4BP, k2, C4B, p2, k2, p2, C6B, p2, k2, p2, C4F, k2, C4FP, rib 44[48:52]. Row 21: Rib 42[46:50], C4B, p2, C4BP, k2, C4B, p2, k6, p2, C4F, k2, C4FP, p2, C4F, rib 42[46:50]. Row 23: Rib 40[44:48], C4BP, k2, C4B, p2, C4BP, k2, p2, k6, p2, k2, C4FP, p2, C4F, k2, C4FP, rib 40[44:48]. Row 25: Rib 38[42:46], C4B, p2, C4BP, k2, C4B, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2, k2, p2, C4F, k2, C4FP, p2, rib 38[42:46]. Row 27: Rib 36[40:44], C4BP, k2, C4B, p2, C4BP, k2, C4B, p2, C6B, p2, C4F, k2, C4FP, p2, C4F, k2, C4FP, rib 36[40:44]. Row 29: Rib 34[38:42], (C4B, p2, C4BP, k2) twice, p2, k6, p2, (k2, C4FP, p2, C4F) twice, rib 34[38:42]. Row 31: Rib 32[36:40], (C4BP, k2, C4B, p2) twice, k2, p2, k6, p2, k2, (p2, C4F, k2, C4FP) twice, rib 32[36:40]. Row 33: Rib 30[34:38], (C4B, p2, C4BP, k2) twice, C4B, p2, k6, p2, C4F, (k2, C4FP, p2, C4F)] twice, rib 30[34:38]. Row 35: Rib 28[32:36], (C4BP, k2, C4B, p2) twice, C4BP, k2, p2, C6B, p2, k2, C4FP, (p2, C4F, k2, C4FP) twice, rib 28[32:36]. Row 37: Rib 26[30:34], (C4B, p2, C4BP, k2) twice, C4B, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2, k2, p2, C4F, (k2, C4FP, p2, C4F) twice, rib 26[30:34]. Row 39: Rib 24[28:32], (C4BP, k2, C4B, p2) 3 times, k6, (p2, C4F, k2, C4FP) 3 times, rib 24[28:32]. Row 41: Rib 22[26:30], (C4B, p2, C4BP, k2) 3 times, p2, k6, p2, (k2, C4FP, p2, C4F) 3 times, rib 22[26:30]. Row 43: Rib 20[24:28], (C4BP, k2, C4B, p2)

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Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran Tonals 55% wool, 33% acrylic, 12% cashmere (approx 90m per 50g) 15[16:17] x 50g balls 07 Peacock 1 pair 5mm needles 1 circular 5mm needle 40cm long Stitch holder Stitch markers Cable needle Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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26-27 sts and 25 rows to 10cm over st st using 5mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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Pm at each side of centre 58 sts for Back neck edge (ie 20[24:28] sts for each shoulder), then join shoulder seams. With RS facing and 5mm circular needle, pick up and k58 sts across Back neck, 12 sts down left front neck, 30 sts from centre front, 12 sts up right front neck (112 sts). Rnd 1: (P2, k2) to end. This round forms rib and is repeated. Cont in rib until collar measures 16cm (6¼in). Cast off in rib.

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TO FINISH

Sew Sleeves into armholes, easing to fit. Join side and Sleeve seams. ●

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Work exactly as given for Back, including armhole shaping, until 16 rows fewer than on Back have been worked to cast off, ending with a WS row.

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Cast off 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 116[124:132] sts. Dec one st at each end of next 9 rows. 98[106:114] sts. Cont in patt as now set until armhole meas 20[21:22]cm (8[8¼:8¾]in), ending with a WS row. Cast off all sts in patt.

Cast off 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 84[88:92] sts. Dec one st at each end of next 9 rows. 66[70:74] sts. Rib 9[11:13] rows. Cast off 2 sts at beg of next 10 rows. 46[50:54] sts. Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 4 rows. 30[34:38] sts. Cast off rem sts.

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Shape top

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3 times, k2, p2, C6B, p2, k2, (p2, C4F, k2, C4FP) 3 times, rib 20[24:28]. Row 45: Rib 18[22:26], (C4B, p2, C4BP, k2) 3 times, C4B, p2, k6, p2, C4F, (k2, C4FP, p2, C4F) 3 times, rib 18[22:26]. Row 47: Rib 16[20:24], (C4BP, k2, C4B, p2) 3 times, C4BP, k2, p2, k6, p2, k2, C4FP, (p2, C4F, k2, C4FP) 3 times, rib 16[20:24]. Keeping 16[20:24] sts at each side in rib, and working C6B in the centre of every 8th row, cont to move ribs out from centre in this way until work measures 39[40:41]cm (15¼[15¾16¼]in) from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.

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Shape front neck

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Next row: Patt 34[38:42], turn and work on these sts only for first side of neck, leave rem sts on a spare needle. Dec one st at neck edge on next 14 rows. 20[24:28] sts. Work 1 row. Cast off rem sts.

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With RS facing, slip 30 sts at centre front on to a holder, rejoin yarn to rem sts and patt to end. Dec one st at neck edge on next 14 rows. 20[24:28] sts. Work 1 row. Cast off rem sts.

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With 5mm needles, cast on 54[58:62] sts. Rib row 1 (RS): K2, (p2, k2) to end. Rib row 2 (WS): P2, (k2, p2) to end. These 2 rows form rib and are repeated. Rib 6 more rows. Taking inc sts into rib patt, shape Sleeves as folls: Inc row 1 (RS): K1, kfb, rib to last 3 sts, kfb, k2. Next row: P3, rib to last 3 sts, p3. Inc row 2 (RS): K1, kfb, rib to last 3 sts, pfb, k2. Working inc row 1 or 2 as necessary and taking inc sts into rib, inc in this way at each end of 7 foll 4th rows, then 11 foll 6th rows. 94[98:102] sts. Cont straight until Sleeve meas 46cm (18in) from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.

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SIZE 14

Approx: 90 x 140cm (35½ x 55¼in)

YOU WILL NEED 15 6 16 17 7 18

Stylecraft Life Super Chunky 75% acrylic, 25% wool (80m per 100g) 10 x 100g balls Denim 2373 9mm circular needle, 80cm long 10mm circular needle, 80cm long Cable needle Yarn needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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TENSION

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11 sts and 13 rows to 10cm over pattern using 10mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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ABBREVIATIONS

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C6B = cable 6 back. Slip the next 3 sts on to a cable needle and hold at the back, k3, then k3 from the cable needle C6F = cable 6 front. Slip the next 3 sts on to a cable needle and hold at the front, k3, then k3 from the cable needle

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The pattern is worked in rows, not in the round. Circular needles are used to accommodate the large number of sts.

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Change to 10mm needle. Row 1 (RS): K3, yo, k3, (p2, k9, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1 tbl, yo, k2tog, k1) four times, p2, k9, p2, k3, yo, k3 (107 sts). Row 2: K9, p9, k2, (p3, p1 tbl, p3, k2, p9, k2) four times, k7. Row 3: K3, yo, k1, yo, k3, (p2, C6F, k3, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1 tbl, yo, k2tog, k1) four times, p2, C6F, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3 (111 sts). Row 4: K11, p9, k2, (p3, p1 tbl, p3, k2, p9, k2) four times, k9. Row 5: Cast off 3 sts (one stitch on right needle), k5, (p2, k9, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1 tbl, yo, k2tog, k1) four times, p2, k9, p2, k9 (108 sts). Row 6: Cast off 3 sts (one stitch on right needle), k7, p9, k2 (p3, p1 tbl, p3, k2, p9, k2) four times, k6 (105 sts). Row 7: K3, yo, k3, (p2, k3, C6B, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1 tbl, yo, k2tog, k1) four times, p2, k3, C6B, p2, k3, yo, k3 (107 sts). Row 8: K9, p9, k2, (p3, p1 tbl, p3, k2, p9, k2) four times, k7. Row 9: K3, yo, k1, yo, k3, (p2, k9, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1 tbl, yo, k2tog, k1) four times, p2, k9, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3 (111 sts). Row 10: As row 4. Row 11: Cast off 3 sts (one stitch on right needle), k5, (p2, C6F, k3, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1 tbl, yo, k2tog, k1) four times, p2, C6F, k3, p2, k to end (108 sts). Row 12: As row 6 (105 sts). Row 13: As row 1 (107 sts). Row 14: As row 2. Row 15: K3, yo, k1, yo, k3, (p2, k3, C6B, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1 tbl, yo, k2tog, k1) four times, p2, k3, C6B, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3 (111 sts). Row 16: As row 4. Row 17: As row 5 (108 sts). Row 18: As row 6 (105 sts). Row 19: K3, yo, k3, (p2, C6F, k3, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1 tbl, yo, k2tog, k1) four times, p2, C6F, k3, p2, k3, yo, k3 (107 sts). Row 20: As row 2. Row 21: K3, yo, k1, yo, k3, (p2, k9, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1 tbl, yo, k2tog, k1) four times, p2, k9, p2, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3 (111 sts). Row 22: As row 4. Row 23: Cast off 3 sts (one stitch on right needle), k5, (p2, k3, C6B, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1 tbl, yo, k2tog, k1) four times, p2, k3, C6B, p2, k9 (108 sts). Row 24: As row 6 (105 sts). Rep last 24 rows until work measures approx 135cm (53¼in), ending with row 6, 12, 18 or 24. Change to 9mm needle and work in g st for 5cm (2in), working an odd number of rows. Cast off.

TO FINISH

Weave in ends and block lightly. ●

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Using 3.25mm needles and B, cast on 101 sts. Work in g st (knit every row) for 5cm (2in), working an odd number of rows. Change to 4mm needles and start pattern, working in colours as given in the Chart and/ or the written instructions below. Row 1 (RS): K5A, k3B, k4A, (k1A, k9B, k5A, k3B, k4A) 4 times, k1A. Row 2: P1A, (p4A, k3B, p5A, k9B (leave

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In order to avoid weaving the unused yarn in the g st sections, which will result in seeing the unused yarn colour in the g st sections on the RS, and to avoid having long floats, these floats will be picked up on the next row. See Jo’s masterclass on page 76 to find out how.

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22 sts and 31 rows to 10cm (4in) over pattern using 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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strand loose), p1A) 4 times, p4A, k3B, p5A. Row 3: K12A, (k5A, pick up the strand from the previous row and knit it together with the next st, k16A) 4 times, k1A. Row 4: P1A, (p3A, k5A, p5A, k7A, p2A) 4 times, p3A, k5A, p4A. Row 5: K3A, K7B, k2A, (k3A, k5B, k5A, k7B, k2A) 4 times, k1A. Row 6: P1A, (p2A, k7B (leave strand loose), p5A, k5B, p3A) 4 times, p2A, k7B (leave strand loose), p3A. Row 7: K6A, pick up the strand from the previous row and knit it together with the next st, k5A, (k16A, pick up the strand from the previous row and knit it together with the next st, k5A) 4 times, k1A. Row 8: P1A, (p1A, k9A, p5A, k3A, p4A) 4 times, p1A, k9A, p2A. Row 9: K2A, k9B, k1A, (k4A, k3B, k5A, k9B, k1A) 4 times, k1A. Row 10: P1A, (p1A, k9B (leave strand loose), p5A, k3B, p4A) 4 times, p1A, k9B (leave strand loose), p2A. Row 11: As row 7. Row 12: As row 8. Row 13: As row 5. Row 14: As row 6. Row 15: As row 11. Row 16: As row 4. Row 17: As row 1. Row 18: As row 2. Row 19: As row 3. Row 20: P1A, (p4A, k3A, p5A, k9A, p1A) 4 times, p4A, k3A, p5A. Rep the 20-row pattern from Chart or

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Adding garter stitch texture to Fairisle patterns can look lovely but runs the risk of having long floats on the WS of your work, which can catch. Use this method to avoid this. As with all Fairisle patterns, spread your work out as you go to keep it elastic, and hold yarn loosely. Weave unused yarn every 3 to 5 sts where it is a knit only or purl only row. On returning rows, weave yarn at a different interval to stop it showing on the RS. Where there is a combination of knit and purl stitches with two colours on a WS row, do not weave the unused colour across the knit stitches – this will result in the unused colour showing on the RS. This pattern has two colours, with two rows using both colours, and two rows using only one, the background colour.

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1. Row 1, a RS row, uses both colours. Using the chart or written instructions, knit the first 5 sts in A and carry B. Continue across the row, weaving the unused yarn every 3-5 stitches. Note all stitches on this row are knit stitches.

4. Still on row 2, the knitted B stitches have been completed. It is now time to bring B to the front of your work. Note that A is still also at the front on the WS of your work.

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5. Further on row 2, you have knitted the 9 B stitches and have left A at the front of your work (on the WS). Bring B to the WS, ready to purl the next stitch using A.

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6. Still on row 2, purl the A stitches. Note that both yarns are on the WS of your work, and that there is a long A float across the 9 sts.

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written instructions until work measures 90cm (35½in), ending with a WS row. Change to 3.25mm needles and B. Work in g st for 2.5cm (1in), ending with a WS row. Buttonhole row (RS): K8, (yo, k2kog, k10) 7 times, yo, k2tog, k7. Cont in g st as set until buttonhole band measures 5cm (2in), ending with a RS row. Cast off on the WS.

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10. Still on row 3, knit the float along with the next stitch, as if to k2tog. Drop both off the left needle, leaving one stitch on the right needle.

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Block and weave in ends. Starting with the cushion cover WS upwards, fold cover so that the RS is uppermost and the back of the cushion is facing you. Overlap the g st sections so that the buttonhole end is uppermost and central to the cushion. Sew side seams, including the overlapped section. Attach buttons to correspond with buttonholes. Insert cushion pad. ●

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8. On row 3, using only A and leaving B at the side, ready to be picked up on the next RS row (no need to break yarn), knit across the sts to just before the halfway point across the sections with the long float. On row 3, this is 4 sts into the 9-st section.

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Row 2 (WS): Pb, (p3tog, m3) twice, pb. Row 3: Kb, p8, kb. Row 4: Pb, (m3, p3tog) twice, pb.

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Using 5mm needles cast on 33[37:41:45:49] sts. Row 1 (RS): K1, (kb, p1) to last 2 sts, kb, k1. Row 2: K1, (pb, k1) to end. Rep these 2 rows 4 more times, then row 1 again. Next row: Purl, inc 4 sts evenly purlwise across row. 37[41:45:49:53] sts ** Change to 6mm needles and patt as folls: Row 1 (RS): K3, p9[11:12:14:15], work row 1 of Panel, p15[17:20:22:25]. Row 2: K15[17:20:22:25], work row 2 of Panel, k9[11:12:14:15], p3. Rows 3 and 4: As rows 1 and 2 but working rows 3 and 4 of Panel. These 4 rows set patt. Work 7 more rows in patt. Next row (inc for pocket border): (K3, m1) twice, work to end. 39[43:47:51:55] sts.

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To fit: S[M:L:XL:2XL] 91-97[102-107:112-117:122-127:132-137]cm (36-38[40-42:44-46:48-50:52-54]in) Actual measurement: 99[112:123:134:146]cm (39¼[44:48½:53:57½]in) Length to shoulder: 64[65:66:67:68]cm (25¼[25¾:26¼:26½:26¾]in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

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Stylecraft Alpaca Chunky 80% acrylic, 20% alpaca (approx 135m per 100g) 6[6:6:7:7] x 100g balls 1660 Ocean 1 pair each 5mm and 6mm needles 6 buttons from Duttons for Buttons Row counter Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Row 1: Work to last 11 sts, work row 1 of Panel, k1. Row 2: K1, work row 2 of Panel, work to end. Rows 3 and 4: As rows 1 and 2 but working rows 3 and 4 of Panel. These 4 rows set border patt. Work 20 more rows in patt. Next row: Work to last 11 sts, (p2, p2tog) twice, p3. 37[41:45:49:53] sts. Border patt is now complete. Cont in patt as at commencement until work meas 41cm (16¼in) from cast-on edge, ending at side edge.

Shape armhole and front slope

Next row: Cast off 6[7:8:9:10] sts, work to end. 31[34:37:40:43] sts. *** Work 5[6:7:8:9] rows dec 1 st at armhole edge on every row. 26[28:30:32:34] sts. Work 1[2:1:2:1] rows straight ending at front edge.

ABBREVIATIONS

For more abbreviations see page 89

Cast off 6[6:6:7:7] sts at beg of next row and foll alt row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 5[6:7:7:8] sts.

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14 sts and 20 rows to 10cm over rev st st using 6mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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kb = knit into back of next st pb = p into back of next st m3 = (k1, p1, k1) all into front of next st, thus making 3 sts out of 1

Work as Right Front to **. Change to 6mm needles and patt: Row 1 (RS): P15[17:20:22:25], work row 1 of Panel, p9[11:12:14:15], k3. Row 2: P3, k9[11:12:14:15], work row 2 of Panel, k15[17:20:22:25]. Rows 3 and 4: As rows 1 and 2 but working rows 3 and 4 of Panel. These 4 rows set patt. Work 7 more rows in patt. Next row (inc for pocket border): Work to last 6 sts, (m1, k3) twice. 39[43:47:51:55] sts.

Pocket border

Row 1: K1, work row 1 of Panel, work to end. Row 2: Work to last 11 sts, work row 2 of Panel, k1. Rows 3 and 4: As rows 1 and 2 but working rows 3 and 4 of Panel. These 2 rows set border patt. Work 20 more rows in patt. Next row: P3, (p2tog, p3) twice, work to end. 37[41:45:49:53] sts. Border patt is now complete. Cont in patt as at commencement until work meas 1 row less than Right Front up to armhole shaping.

Shape armhole and front slope

Next row: Cast off 6[7:8:9:10] sts, work to end. Next row: Work straight. Complete to match Right Front working from *** to end but noting that front slope dec row will be – work to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2.

BACK

Using 5mm needles cast on 67[75:83:91:99] sts work 11 rows in rib as given on Right Front. Next row (WS): Cast on 18 sts to needle holding sts and p across sts, now p to end

Shape front slope

Next row (dec): K2, skpo, work to end. Next row: Work to last 3 sts, p3. Rep last 2 rows until 23[23:25:26:28] sts rem, ending after dec row. Work dec row on every foll 4th row until 17[18:19:21:22] sts rem. Cont straight until work meas 64[65:66:67:68] cm (25¼[25½:26:26½:26¾]in) from beg, ending at armhole edge.

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of row inc 8 sts evenly purlwise across sts, cast on 18 sts to end of needle holding sts. 111[119:127:135:143] sts Change to 6mm needles and patt as folls: Row 1 (RS): P33[35:38:40:43], work row 1 of Panel, p25[29:31:35:37], work row 1 of Panel, p33[35:38:40:43]. Row 2: K33[35:38:40:43], work row 2 of Panel, k25[29:31:35:37], work row 2 of Panel, k to end. Rows 3 and 4: As rows 1 and 2 but working rows 3 and 4 of Panel. These 4 rows set patt. Work 32 more rows in patt. Next 2 rows: Cast off 18 sts loosely, work to end. 75[83:91:99:107] sts. Cont in patt as before until Back meas same as Left Front to start of armhole shaping.

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Cast off 6[7:8:9:10] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 63[69:75:81:87] sts. Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows, then on every foll alt row until 53[57:61:65:69] sts rem. Cont straight until Back meas same as Left Front to shoulder shaping, ending after a WS row.

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Using 5mm needles, RS facing, pick up and k79 sts evenly along straight section of Left Front edge from first front slope dec row to bottom edge. Rows 1 and 2: Beg row 2 work 2 rows in rib as on Right Front. Row 3: Rib 4, (cast off 2 sts, rib 12 – including st on right needle after cast-off) 5 times, cast off 2 sts, rib to end. Row 4: In rib casting on 2 sts in each place where sts were cast off. Rib 2 more rows. Cast off evenly in rib.

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Using 5mm needles and RS facing, pick up and k85[93:99:103:109] sts evenly round armhole. Beg row 2 work 5 rows in rib as on Right Front. Cast off in rib.

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Press work lightly on WS foll ball band instructions. Join lower ribbing and first 12 rows of patt section of Front to corresponding sections of Back. Join upper sections of side seams above pocket borders. Sew down pocket linings neatly on WS of Fronts, noting that the 2 groups of 18 cast-on sts of pocket linings will be stitched to top of rib on the Fronts. Sew shaped edges of Collar sections in place, joining cast-off edges at centre back and neatly stitching cast-on edge to side edges of front borders. Sew on buttons, press seams. ●

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Work 4 rows on all sts. Rep these 6 rows until shaped edge fits half way across back neck. Cast off loosely.

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Join shoulders. Using 5mm needles cast on 7 sts. Work 2 rows in g st. Cont in g st shaping Collar as folls: Next row (RS – inc): K1, m1, k to end. Knit 3 rows. Rep these 4 rows until there are 22[23:24:24:25] sts. Work straight until shaped edge when slightly stretched fits up left front to shoulder seam, ending after a RS row. (End after a WS row on Right Collar section.)

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With 5mm needles cast on 52[60:64:72:76] sts. Row 1 (RS): K3, (p2, k2) to last st, k1. Row 2: K1, (p2, k2) to last 3 sts, p2, k1. Rep these 2 rib rows until work meas 9cm (3½in), ending after row 1. Sizes 1, 3 and 5 only Next row (WS): P to last st, inc in last st. Sizes 2 and 4 only Next row (WS): P to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1. All sizes 53[59:65:71:77] sts. Change to 6mm needles and patt: Row 1 (RS): P2, (KB1, p2) to end. Row 2: K2, (p1, k2) to end. These 2 rows form patt. Cont in patt until work meas 43cm (17in) from beg, ending after a WS row. Pm 20 sts in from end of last row.

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To fit: XS[S:M:L:XL] 81-86[91-97:102-107:112-117:122-127]cm (32-34[36-38:40-42:44-46:48-50]in) Actual measurement: 90[100:110:121:130]cm (35½[39½:43½:47½:51½]in) Length to shoulder: 65[66:67:68:69]cm (25½[26:26½:26¾:27]in) Sleeve length: 45[46:47:47:48]cm (17¾[18½:18¾:8¾:19¼]in) Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

Very loosely cast off 6[7:9:10:11] sts at beg of next 2 rows. 41[45:47:51:55] sts ** Cont straight until work meas 13[14:14:15:15] cm (5[5½:5½:6:6]in) from marker, ending after a WS row.

Shape neck

Next row: Patt 15[17:17:19:20], turn. Cont on this group of sts for left half of neck. Dec 1 st at neck edge on next 3 rows. 12[14:14:16:17] sts Cont straight until work meas 21[22:23:24:25]cm (8¼[8¾:9:9½:10]in) from marker, ending at armhole edge.

Shape shoulder

Very loosely cast off 3[3:3:4:4] sts at beg of next and 2 foll alt rows.

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Work 1 row. Cast off rem 3[5:5:4:5] sts. With RS facing, slip next 11[11:13:13:15] sts (centre sts) on to a holder and leave. Neatly rejoin yarn to neck edge and patt to end of row. Complete as left half of neck, working 1 row more before shaping shoulder.

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Work as Front to **. Cont straight until Back meas 21[22:23:24:25]cm (8¼[8¾:9:9½:10]in) from marker, ending after a WS row.

Shape shoulders

Very loosely cast off 3[3:3:4:4] sts at beg of next 6 rows, then 3[5:5:4:5] sts at beg of next 2 rows. Slip rem 17[17:19:19:21] sts on to a holder and leave.

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Cast on 24[28:28:28:28] sts and work 7cm (2¾in) in rib as on Front, ending after row 1. Size 1 only Next row (WS): Purl. Sizes 2 and 3 only Next row: P, dec 1 st at end of row. Sizes 4 and 5 only Next row: Inc in first st, p to last st, inc in last st. All sizes 24[27:27:30:30] sts. Change to 6mm needles and patt: Row 1 (RS): P1, (KB1, p2) to last 2 sts, KB1, p1.

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Row 2: K1, (p1, k2) to last 2 sts, p1, k1. These 2 rows set patt. Cont in patt, shaping Sleeve by inc 1 st at each end of next row, then on every foll 6th[6th:4th:4th:4th] row until there are 44[43:33:36:44] sts, then on every foll 8th[8th:6th:6th:6th] row until there are 48[51:55:58:62] sts, working extra sts in patt. Cont straight until Sleeve meas 45[46:47:47:48]cm (17¾[18½:18¾:8¾:19¼]in) at centre, ending after a WS row. Pm at each end of last row. Work a further 12[12:16:18:20] rows straight, or until these rows fit along cast-off sts of armhole. Pm at each end of last row.

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Row 1: Work to last 3 sts, turn. Row 2: Slp, work to last 3 sts, turn. Rows 3-4: Slp, work to last 6 sts, turn. Rows 5-6: Slp, work to last 9 sts, turn. Rows 7-8: Slp, work to last 12 sts, turn. Rows 9-10: Slp, work to last 15 sts, turn. Rows 11-12: Slp, work to last 18 sts, turn. Rows 13-14: Slp, work to last 21 sts, turn. Row 15: Slp, work to end of row. Cast off very loosely.

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To fit age: 4[6:8:10]years To fit chest: 55-57[59-61:63-67:69-73]cm (21½-22¼[23¼-24:24¾-26¼:27-28¾]in) Actual chest: 69[74:80:86]cm 27¼[29:31½:33¾]in Length to shoulder: 31[35:41:46]cm 12¼[13¾:16:18]in

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TO FINISH

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Join right shoulder and Neckband. Fold Neckband in half to WS and hem in position. Stitch Sleeve tops to armholes, stitching the sections between markers to the armhole cast-off sts of Front and Back. Join side and Sleeve seams. ●

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Rico Baby So Soft DK 100% acrylic (approx 250m per 100g) 1[2:2:2] x 100g balls in 18 Berry (A) 1[1:2:2] x 100g balls in 17 Silver Grey (B) 1[1:2:2] x 100g balls in 19 Mauve (C) 1 pair 4mm needles 1 pair 3.25mm needles 4 stitch holders Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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Join left shoulder. Using 5mm needles and RS facing, k across 17[17:19:19:21] Back neck sts inc 4[4:2:2:4] sts evenly across, pick up and k18[20:21:23:24] sts evenly down left Front neck, k11[11:13:13:15] Front neck sts, pick up and k18[20:21:23:24] sts evenly up right front neck. 68[72:76:80:88] sts. Change to 6mm needles and beg with row 2 work 6 rows in rib as on Front. Cast off in rib.

TENSION

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ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89

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22 sts and 28 rows to 10cm in st st with 4mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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following stripe pattern: Row 1 (RS): Using yarn B, knit. Row 2: Using yarn B, purl. Row 3: Using yarn C, knit. Row 4: Using yarn C, purl. Rep the last 4 rows until work measures 16[19:24:28]cm, measured from the cast-on edge and ending at the end of row 4.

Shape raglans 6 7 3 8 9 10 4 11 12

Change to yarn A and work in this yarn and in st st from now on. Cast off 4[5:5:6]sts at the beg of the next 2 rows. 70[74:80:84] sts. Dec row (RS): K2, dec 1 st, k to last 4 sts, dec 1 st, k2. Work this dec row on every RS row until there are 46[48:54:56] sts, ending with a WS row. Next row (RS): K2, dec 1 st, k to last 4 sts, dec 1 st, k2. Next row (WS): P2, dec 1 st, k to last 4 sts, dec 1 st, p2. Work the last 2 rows until there are 28[30:32:34] sts remaining, ending with a RS row. Work one row straight. Put sts on to a holder.

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With yarn A and 3.25mm needles, cast on 39[41:43:45] sts. Work in single rib as follows: Row 1 (RS): P1, *k1, p1: rep from * to end. Row 2: K1, *p1, k1: rep from * to end. Rep rows 1 and 2 until work measures 3cm, ending with a WS row. Change to 4mm needles and work 6 rows in the stripe pattern as for the Back and Front. Inc for arms as follows: Arm inc row (RS): K1, m1, k to last st, m1, k1. Work 3 rows without shaping. Rep the last 4 rows till there are 63[67:71:75] sts, working in the colours as set in the stripe pattern. Cont straight in stripe pattern as set until Sleeve measures 27[29:32:35]cm, measured from the cast-on edge and ending at the end of row 4.

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Shape raglans

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Change to yarn A and work in this yarn and in st st from now on. Cast off 4[5:5:6] sts at the beg of the next 2 rows. 55[57:61:63] sts. Dec row (RS): K2, dec 1 st, k to last 4 sts, dec 1 st, k2. Work this dec row on every RS row until there are 31[31:33:33] sts, ending with a WS row. Next row (RS): K2, dec 1 st, k to last 4 sts, dec 1 st, k2. Next row (WS): P2, dec 1 st, k to last 4 sts, dec 1 st, p2. Work the last 2 rows until there are 13[13:15:15] sts remaining, ending with a RS row. Work one row straight. Put sts onto a holder.

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With 3.25mm needles and starting at Back, use A and k from holders as folls: 28[30:32:34] sts from Back, 13[13:15:15] sts from Sleeve, 28[30:32:34] sts from Front and 13[13:15:15] sts from Sleeve. 82[86:94:98] sts. Row 1 (RS): *K1, p1: rep from * to end. Row 2: As row 1. Rep rows 1 and 2 until work measures 2.5cm, ending with a WS row. Cast off all sts in single rib.

TO FINISH

Sew raglans and neckline. Sew side and Sleeve seams. Weave in ends. Block lightly if required. â—?

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Cast off 4[4:5:5:5:6] sts at beg of next row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 4[5:5:6:6:6] sts. With RS facing, slip centre st on to a holder, rejoin yarns and patt to last 2 sts, work 2 tog. 28[30:31:32:33:34] sts. Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

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Press according to ball band instructions. Join right shoulder seam using back stitch, or mattress stitch if preferred.

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Neckband

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With RS facing, using smaller needles and A, pick up and k34[38:38:38:42:42] sts down left side of Front neck, k st on holder at base of v-neck and mark it with a coloured thread, pick up and k34[38:38:38:42:42] sts up right

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Next row (RS): Cast off 4[4:5:5:5:6] sts, patt until there are 7[8:8:9:9:9] sts on right needle and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. Work each side of neck separately. Cast off 3 sts at beg of next row.

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24 sts and 28 rows to 10cm over patterned st

Shape shoulders and back neck

Shape shoulder

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TENSION

Keeping patt correct, cast off 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 59[63:65:67:69:71] sts.** Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 rows, then on foll 4 alt rows. 45[49:51:53:55:57] sts. Cont straight until armhole meas 13[13.5:14:14.5:15:15.5]cm, ending with RS facing for next row.

Next row (RS): Work 2 tog, patt 27[29:30:31:32:33] sts and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. 28[30:31:32:33:34] sts. Work each side of neck separately. Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at neck edge on next[next:2nd:2nd:2nd:2nd] and foll 1[1:0:0:0:0] row, then on foll 12[13:14:14:15:14] alt rows, then on 0[0:0:0:0:1] foll 4th row and AT THE SAME TIME dec 1 st at armhole edge of next 2 rows, then on foll 4 alt rows. 8[9:10:11:11:12] sts. Cont straight until Front matches Back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending with RS facing for next row.

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Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK 66% Merino wool, 34% silk (approx 135m per 50g) 2[2:2:2:2:2] x 50g balls in 684 Bluebird (A) 2[2:2:2:2:2] x 50g balls in 672 Dawn (B) 1[1:1:1:1:1] x 50g ball in 699 Iceberg (C) 1 pair 3.25mm needles 1 pair 4mm needles Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

Shape armholes

Divide for Front neck

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Work as given for Back to **. 7

To fit: age 2[3:4:5:6:7] years Figures in square brackets refer to larger sizes: where there is only one set of figures this applies to all sizes.

FRONT

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SIZES

Using 3.25mm needles and C, cast on 70[74:74:78:78:82] sts. Row 1 (RS): K2, *p2, k2, rep from * to end. Row 2: P2, *k2, p2, rep from * to end. These 2 rows form rib. Cont in rib in stripes as folls: Rows 3 and 4: Work in C. Rows 5 to 8: Work in A. Rows 9 to 12: Work in C. Rows 13 to 16: Using yarn A, dec[dec:inc:dec:inc:dec] 1 st at end of last row, ending with RS facing for next row. 69[73:75:77:79:81] sts. Break off C and join in B. Change to 4mm needles. Beg and ending rows as indicated, using the Fairisle technique, working Chart rows 1 and 2 once only and then repeating Chart rows 3 to 16 throughout, cont in patt from Chart, which is worked entirely in st st beg with a k row, as folls: Cont straight until Back meas 21[22.5:24:25.5:27:28.5]cm, ending with RS facing for next row.

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BACK

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ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89

Cast off rem 4[5:5:6:6:6] sts. With RS facing, slip centre 23[25:25:25:27:27] sts on to a holder, rejoin yarns and patt to end. Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

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side of Front neck, and 3 sts down right side of Back neck, k across 23[25:25:25:27:27] sts on Back holder, dec[inc:inc:inc:dec:dec] 1 st at centre, then pick up and k3 sts up left side of Back neck. 97[109:109:109:117:117] sts. Row 1 (WS): *P2, k2, rep from * to within 2 sts of marked st, p2, p marked st, p2, **k2, p2, rep from ** to end. This row sets position of rib. Keeping rib correct, cont as folls: Row 2: Rib to within 2 sts of marked st, work 2 tog tbl, k marked st, work 2 tog, rib to end. Row 3: Rib to within 2 sts of marked st, work 2 tog, p marked st, work 2 tog tbl, rib to end. Rep last 2 rows once more, then row 2 again, ending with WS facing for next row. 87[99:99:99:107:107] sts. Cast off in rib (on WS), still decreasing either side of marked st as before. Join left shoulder and neckband seam.

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Armhole borders (both alike)

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With RS facing, using smaller needles and A, pick up and k70[74:78:78:82:82] sts evenly all round armhole edge. Beg with row 2, work in rib as given for Back for 6 rows, ending with WS facing for next row. Cast off in rib (on WS). ●

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Rounds with tr and ch 4 5 2 6 7

Work every round with tr and ch as follows: With WS facing, work 4 ch (= 1 tr + 1 ch), skip 1 ch-space (= last ch from previous round), * 1 tr in next ch-sp, 1 ch, repeat from *, finish round with 1 tr in last ch-sp (= ch-sp with 4 ch from previous round), 1 sl st in ch-sp with 4 ch from beg of round – i.e. work alternately on RS and WS to make a nice finish on round (see diagram below).

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Round 1: Work 4ch on 6mm hook with yarn A and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch, work 6dc in ch-ring (6 dc). Round 2: 2dc in every dc (12 dc). Round 3: * 1 dc in first dc, 2dc in next dc, repeat from * (18 dc). Round 4: * 1 dc in each of the first 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * (24 dc). Round 5: * 1 dc in each of the first 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * (30 dc). Round 6: * 1 dc in each of the first 4 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * (36 dc). Round 7: * 1 dc in each of the first 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * (42 dc). Round 8: * 1 dc in each of the first 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * (48 dc). Round 9: * 1 dc in each of the first 7 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * (54 dc). Round 10: * 1 dc in each of the first 8 dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * (60 dc). Round 11: Work 1 dc in every dc but inc 1[4:7] dc evenly. 61[64:67] dc. Continue to work 1 dc in every dc until piece measures 17[18:19]cm. Work 5 rounds with yarn B. Fasten off. Hat measures 20[21:22]cm.

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YOU WILL NEED

For more abbreviations see page 89

PATTERN NOTES

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Stripes

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Start with yarn A. Rounds 4, 8 and 12 are worked in yarn B, then work with yarn A until piece measures 17[18:19]cm. Work 5 rounds with light grey green.

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Replace first dc at beg of every round with 1 ch. Finish every row with 1 sl st in 1st ch from beg of round.

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Drops Nepal 65% wool, 35% alpaca (approx 75m per 50g) Hat: 2 x 50g balls in 8783 Forget-me-not (A) 1 x 50g ball in 7120 Light Grey Green (B) 6mm crochet hook Neck warmer: 2 x 50g balls in 8783 Forget-me-not 6mm crochet hook Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

ch-sp = chain-space sl st = slip stitch

Worked in the round on 6mm hook with yarn A. Crochet 156 loose ch and form a ring with 1 sl st in first ch. Work 4 ch (= 1 tr + 1 ch), * skip 1 ch, 1 tr in next ch, 1 ch, repeat from * the entire round and finish with 1 sl st in ch-sp with 4 ch from beg of round. Then work rounds with tr and ch (see Pattern Notes). Fasten off when piece measures 12cm. ●

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ABBREVIATIONS

NECK WARMER

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Neck warmer:

13dc/tr to 10cm. Use larger or smaller hook if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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To fit age: 3-5[6-9:10-12] years To fit head circumference: 50-52[52-54:54-58]cm

TENSION

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Hat

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SIZES

Make 1 pompom with yarn B with a diameter of 8cm. Fasten it to the top of the hat.

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SIZE

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37.5 x 113cm (34½ x 44½in)

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Any aran weight yarn Approx 576m (350g) teal (A) Approx 576m (350g) white (B) Approx 576m (350g) aqua (C) 5mm crochet hook Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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20sts to 15.25cm, two rows to 12cm in pattern. Use larger or smaller hook if necessary to obtain correct tension.

The length of the afghan is measured from the bottom of the lowest valley to the top of the highest peak.

Changing colour

Work the last stitch to within one step of completion, hook new yarn (image 1) and draw through all loops on hook. At the end of each row, do not cut previous colour unless specified. Unused colours are carried loosely along the sides and are crocheted over when working the edging. 1

EDGING

ABBREVIATIONS 20 8 21 22

tr2tog = treble crochet 2 together (uses next 2 sts): *yo, insert hook in next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook; repeat from * once more, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook (counts as one tr).

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Free loops of a chain When instructed to work in free loops of a chain, work in loop indicated by arrow (image 2) 2

Measuring your ripple blanket 24 25 10 26 27 11 28

Lay your piece on a flat, hard surface. Measure one point-to-point repeat by placing the ruler from the centre of one peak increase to the centre of the next peak increase. Measure the height of your tension square by placing the ruler from the bottom of the centre stitch of a peak increase to the highest point of the swatch. Measure the width of your tension square or blanket from straight edge to straight edge.

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With B, ch112; place marker in second ch from hook for edging placement. Row 1 (RS): Tr2tog beginning in third ch from hook (2 skipped chs count as first st), tr in next ch, (2tr in next ch, tr in next ch) twice, *(tr2tog, tr in next ch) twice, (2tr in next ch, tr in next ch) twice; repeat from * across to last 3 chs, tr2tog, tr in last ch changing to C (see Pattern Note); do not cut B (111 sts). Note: Loop a short piece of yarn around any stitch to mark row 1 as RS. Row 2: Ch2 (counts as first st, now and throughout), turn; tr2tog, tr in next tr, (2tr in next tr, tr in next tr) twice, *(tr2tog, tr in next tr) twice, (2tr in next tr, tr in next tr) twice; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, tr2tog, tr in last st changing to A. Row 3: Ch2, turn; tr2tog, tr in next tr, (2tr in next tr, tr in next tr) twice, *(tr2tog, tr in next tr) twice, (2tr in next tr, tr in next tr) twice; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, tr2tog, tr in last st changing to B. Row 4: Ch2, turn; tr2tog, tr in next tr, (2tr in next tr, tr in next tr) twice, *(tr2tog, tr in next tr) twice, (2tr in next tr, tr in next tr) twice; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, tr2tog, tr in last st changing to yarn C. Row 5: Ch2, turn; tr2tog, tr in next tr, (2tr in next tr, tr in next tr) twice, *(tr2tog, tr in next tr) twice, (2tr in next tr, tr in next tr) twice; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, tr2tog, tr in last st changing to A. Repeat rows 3-5 for pattern until piece measures approximately 110.5cm (43½in) from beginning ch, ending by working row 5 as a WS row; cut A and C only. With A, ch2, turn; tr2tog, tr in next tr, (2tr in next tr, tr in next tr) twice, *(tr2tog, tr in next tr) twice, (2tr in next tr, tr in next tr) twice; repeat from * across to last 3 sts, tr2tog, leave last st unworked; working in end of rows, work 3tr in first row, tr evenly across to last row, work 3tr in last row; working in free loops of beginning ch (see Pattern Notes), skip first ch, tr in each ch across to marked ch, remove marker; working in end of rows, work 3tr in first row, tr evenly across to last row, work 3tr in last row; join with slip st to first dc, finish off. ●

Pattern taken from Sweet Stripes for Baby by Becky Stevens, published by Leisure Arts

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AFTER THE STORM FINGERLESS MITTS BY CHRISTINE BOGGIS

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Round 1: Knit. Round 2: (K1, p1) around. These two rounds set broken rib pattern. Cont in patt until mitt meas approx 11.5cm (4½in), ending with rnd 2.

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Make thumbhole

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You will now work back and forth on circular needles as if on straight. Rnd 1: K to last st before marker, turn. Rnd 2: (K1,p1) to end. Cont as set until mitt meas approx 17cm (6½in), ending with rnd 2.

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Close thumbhole

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Next rnd: K to end, then join in the round, working first two sts tightly, and continue working in the round for the rest of the pattern. Next rnd: (K1, p1) around. Next rnd: Knit. These two rounds set patt. Cont in patt until mitt meas approx 20cm (8in). Cast off using a stretchy method.

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To fit average woman’s hands

68cm (26¾in) in circumference by 25cm (10in) in depth.

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YOU WILL NEED

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Cast on 32 sts and join in the round, taking care not to twist sts. Pm to mark start of round.

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These mittens are simple enough for absolute beginners to knit. They look really great on the inside too, so you may want to use that as your right side. To pick your side, just make sure the one you like best is facing out when you come to pick up and knit stitches for the thumbhole.

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C6B = slip the first 3 sts on to a cable needle and hold at the back, k3, then k3 from the cable needle T3F = slip the first 2 sts on to a cable needle and hold at the front, p1, then k2 from the cable needle T3B = slip the next st on to a cable needle and hold at the back, k2, then p1 from the cable needle T5F = slip the first 3 sts on to a cable needle and hold at the front, p2, then k3 from the cable needle T5B = slip the first 2 sts on to a cable needle and hold at the back, k3, then p2 from cn

PATTERN NOTE

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ABBREVIATIONS SEE PAGE 89

15.5 sts and 16 rows to 10cm over cable pattern with 8mm needles. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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20 sts and 30 rows to 10cm over broken rib pattern. Use larger or smaller needles if necessary to obtain correct tension.

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TENSION

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Rico Design Creative Gloworm 54% acrylic, 30% wool, 16% synthetic (approx 110m per 100g) 2 x 100g balls in shade 19 1 pair 8mm knitting needles Cable needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

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Debbie Bliss Falkland Aran 100% wool (approx 180m per 100g) 1 x 100g hank in Teal 10 Set of 5mm double-pointed needles OR 5mm circular needle 80-100cm long for magic loop method Tapestry needle Note: Yarn amounts given are based on average requirements and are approximate.

SIZE

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YOU WILL NEED

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SIZE

With RS facing, pick up and knit 10 sts on each side of thumbholes, join in the round and pm to mark start of round. Next rnd: (K1, p1) around. Cast off knitwise. Weave in ends. ●

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MB = make bobble (on WS rows); knit into the front and back of the next stitch (3 sts), (turn and knit these 3 sts) 3 times, turn and slip 1 st, k2 sts together then pass the slipped st over.

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COWL

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With 8mm needles, cast on 100 sts. Knit 4 rows. Next row (inc) (WS): K14, *m1, k12: rep from * to last 2 sts, k2 (107 sts). Work the following Cable Pattern using the written or charted instructions: Row 1 (RS): P2, *p2, T3B, p5, C6B, p5: rep from * to end. Row 2: *K5, p6, k6, p2, k2: rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 3: P2, *p1, T3B, p4, T5B, T5F, p3: rep from * to end. Row 4: *K3, p3, k4, p3, k5, p2, k1: rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 5: P2, *T3B, p3, T5B, p4, T5F, p1: rep from * to end. Row 6: *K1, p3, k8, p3, k2, MB, k1, p2: rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 7: P2, *T3F, p3, k3, p8, k3, p1: rep from * to end. Row 8: *K1, p3, k8, p3, k3, p2, k1: rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 9: P2, *p1, T3F, p2, T5F, p4, T5B, p1: rep from * to end. Row 10: *K3, (p3, k4) twice, p2, k2: rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 11: P2, *P2, T3F, p3, T5F, T5B, p3: rep from * to end. Row 12: *K5, p6, k5, p2, k1, MB, k1: rep from

* to last 2 sts, k2. Rep these 12 rows until 3 full patt reps have been completed, ending with a WS row. Next row (dec) (RS): K13, *k2tog, k11: rep from * to last 3 sts, k3 (100 sts). Knit 4 rows. Cast off on the WS.

TO FINISH

Sew side seams together. Weave in ends. â—?

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BLUE SKY FIBERS

E: info@blueskyfibers.com W: blueskyfibers.com

CASCADE YARNS W: cascadeyarns.com

DEBBIE BLISS Designer Yarns

T: 01535 664222 E: enquiries@designeryarns.uk.com W: designeryarns.uk.com

DE RERUM NATURA

k p alt beg ch cm cn cont dc dec dpn(s) foll g g st

W: dererumnatura.fr

DROPS

in inc k2tog

W: garnstudio.com

JUNIPER MOON FARM Intercontinental Yarns

T: 01535 664222 E: enquiries@intercontinentalyarns.co.uk W: intercontinentalyarns.co.uk

KETTLE YARN CO

E: kettleyarnco@gmail.com W: kettleyarnco.co.uk

k3tog kfb kwise LH/RH m1

KING COLE

T: 01756 703670 W: kingcole.com

LANG YARNS Art Yarn

T: 01529 240510 W: artyarn.co.uk

m1p meas mm m st ndl p2tog

MILLAMIA

LoveKnitting

T: 0845 544 2196 E: info@loveknitting.com W: loveknitting.com

MIRASOL

Intercontinental Yarns

T: 01535 664222 E: enquiries@intercontinentalyarns.co.uk W: intercontinentalyarns.co.uk

NORO

Designer Yarns

p3tog patt pm psso

T: 01535 664222 E: enquiries@designeryarns.uk.com W: designeryarns.uk.com

RICO

E: info@rico-design.de W: rico-design.de

ROWAN

T: 01484 681881 E: mail@knitrowan.com W: knitrowan.com

STYLECRAFT

T: 01535 609798 W: stylecraft-yarns.co.uk

WOOL AND THE GANG

T: 020 7241 6420 W: woolandthegang.com

YARN STORIES

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