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Archive entry for August 2019

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August 2019

Colour-wise fashion

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I love the styling of this photo - the poise of the model, the "clashing" colour combination, the bracelet, and the lovely use of the location which makes the very best of the look of fresh summer rain.

This is a fairly simple pattern where the vertical contrast stripes are made by stranding the unused colour across the back (as opposed to intarsia) and this makes for a slightly more interesting 3D effect, even though they compensate by changing needles and stitch count over the different sections.
Not everyone likes mustard (or yellow...) but I think this sweater looks quite sophisticated as the colours are close on the colour wheel but not really matching. I have a sweater in pink with orange trim which gives a similar effect (less violent than it might sound!). Bear in mind also that mustard can be a difficult shade to pin down - so it could be gold or beige - just make sure it tones perfectly with your pencil skirt....

Instructions.

Instructions for larger size is given in brackets. Where one set of figures is given, this applies to both sizes.
Y = Sunglint Yellow and M = French Mustard

Back and Front alike

With No 10 (3¼mm) needles, cast on 100 (106) stitches and work in k1/p1 rib for 1¼ inches, increasing 14 (16) stitches on the last row by working twice into every 7th (6th) stitch 14 (16) times: [114 (122) sts]

‡‡
Change to No 7 needles and work 36 rows vertical stripes, stranding wool loosely the slipped stitches, thus:

1st row: Using Mustard yarn (M), * k2, keeping wool at back of work, slip 2 purlways; rep from * to last 2 stitches, k2.
2nd row: Using M, * p2, slip 2 purlways; rep from * to last 2 stitches, p2.
3rd row: Using Yellow yarn (Y), * keeping wool at back slip 2 purlways, k2; rep from * to last 2 stitches, slip 2 purlways.
4th row: Using Y, * slip 2 purlways, p2; rep from * to last 2 stitches, slip 2 purlways.

Repeat the last 4 rows 8 times more.
Break M.

Change to No 8 needles and continue in stocking stitch in yarn Y, thus:

Next row: * k 7 (8), k2tog; repeat from * to last 6 (2) stitches; k6 (2): [102 (110) sts]

Work 13 rows straight in stocking stitch.

Join in yarn M, and work horizontal stripes of 2 rows M, 2 rows Y, 2 rows M, 2 rows Y, 2 rows M.
Break M.
‡‡

Work 13 rows in yarn Y.

Next row: * p7 (8), purl twice into next stitch; repeat from * to last 6 (2) stitches, p6 (2): [114 (122) sts]

Repeat from ‡‡ to ‡‡

Continue in yarn Y and shape armholes by casting off 5 (6) stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then decrease 1 stitch at each end of the next 6 knit rows: [80 (86) sts]

Next row: * p 6 (9), purl twice in the next stitch; repeat from * to last 10 (6) stitches, p 10 (6): [90 (94) sts]

Change to No 7 needles, join in M and work the 36 rows of vertical stripes.
Break M.

Change to No 8 needles.

Next row: * k6 (9), k2tog; repeat from * to last 10 (6) stitches, k10 (6): [80 (86) sts]
Work 13 rows stocking-stitch in yarn Y.

Join in M and work horizontal stripes of 2 rows M, 2 rows Y, 2 rows M, 2 rows Y, 2 rows M.
Break M.

Shape shoulders: by casting off 6 (7) stitches at the beginning of the next 6 rows.
Work a further 6 rows on the remaining stitches, increasing 1 stitch at each end of every row.
Cast off loosely.

Back and Front alike

Make a second piece for the front exactly as instructions above.

Sleeves

With No 10 needles and yarn Y, cast on 48 (50) stitches, and work 2½ inches in k1/p1 rib.

With right side facing, change to No 8 needles and stocking-stitch, starting with a knit row, and shape sides by increasing 1 stitch at each end of the 7th and every following 6th row until there are 70 (72) stitches.

Work straight until sleeve seam measures 16½ (16½) inches.
With right side facing, shape top, by casting off 4 (5) stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows, then k2tog at each end of the next and every alternate row until 32 (32) stitches remain.
Purl back, then decrease 1 stitch at each end of every row until 14 (14) stitches remain.
Cast off.

To Make Up

Press parts lightly on wrong side under a damp cloth, avoiding ribbing.
Join shoulder, side, and sleeve seams; insert sleeves.
Join shaped ends of neck facing.
Turn under 6 rows stocking-stitch across the back of the neck and 6 rows across the front, but graduating hem to a depth of 12
rows at centre front; catch down lightly on wrong side.
Press all seams and neck facing lightly.

Materials

Double Knitting yarn: 13 (14) oz in Sunglint yellow, and 4 (4)oz French Mustard

Pair each No 7 (2¾mm), No 8 (4mm) and No 10 (3¼mm) needles.

Tension

22 sts x 28 rows to 4 ins in stocking stitch on No 8 (4mm) needles.

Size matters

To fit chest 34-35 (36-37) inches;
length from top of
shoulders: 23 (23) inches;
sleeve seam: 23 (23) inches.

Abbreviations

k2tog or p2tog: knit or purl 2 stitches together (decrease one stitch).
stocking stitch: one row knit and one row purl, ("stockinette").

A word on the wool

The original design was in Patons Totem Double Crepe which was a pure wool standard double knitting yarn.

Disclaimer
(well...almost)

In transposing any pattern it is always a risk that errors will be introduced, in spite of dedicated proof reading.
If you have any problems with this pattern, please and I will try and assist.

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© Christina Coutts 2007

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