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FashionHolidayBy KirstieRomanceMcLeodPerfect for winter sun and festive parties, you’lllove this simple but versatile off-the-shoulder top.The cashmere and cottoncontent will keep you cooland feel great againstyour skin.Summer may be a hazy memory, but if you’rejetting off to warmer climes in search ofsome winter sun, why not make this pretty top topack in your suitcase? The simple shaping andoff-the-shoulder design will make this an idealgarment to wear in the evenings.The pretty ribbing detail around the neck, sleeveand waistband adds feminine detail withoutmaking the top over-decorative, so it remainsadaptable enough to form a part of manydifferent outfits. If you’re not lucky enough tocram in one last holiday before winter, it couldpeek out from under a smart jacket for asophisticated meal, teamed with jeans for a dayout shopping and would look fantastic with thesmart, tailored shorts that are all the rage.Designer Kirstie McLeod says, “I really like theversatility that this top provides. It’s great forholidays, air-conditioned offices and would also begreat to wear to parties.”Flattering cutAll levels and abilities can tackle this project, andyou should be able to knit this beautiful design inabout a fortnight with brilliant results. The frontand back are the same with simple shapings toform the short sleeves and neckline. The rib isworked using faggot stitch, which incorporatesyarn forward, slipping stitches and passing themover to create a delicate lacy effect. Once you’veknitted the rib, the main body is worked instocking stitch; perfect for knitting in front of thetelevision as the nights draw in.Kirstie chose to knit the design with Rowan’sRYC Cashcotton DK yarn. Made of 35% cotton, 25%acrylic, 18% angora, 13% rayon and 9% cashmere,it’s a supersoft yarn that will ensure the finishedgarment is soft, light, durable and easy to wash.However, you don’t necessarily need to usethis yarn, “Holiday Romance is knitted in a DK yarn,so you could substitute it with a more glitzy yarnof the same weight for a fab top to see youthrough the festive season,” suggests Kirstie.38 October 2006

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FashionPatternYou will need…Abbreviationsinc increase byknitting into frontand back of stK knitk2tog knit 2togetherm1 make 1 st, pick uploop between lastand next stitch andwork into the backof this loopP purlp2tog purl 2 stitchestogetherinfoRYC, Cashcotton DK Pool (602)A pair of 4mm needles2 stitch holdersAll the materials and equipment forthis project are available fromHobbyCraft stores nationwide21 stitchesTensionsquare[4x4in]30 rowsTensionYarn used knits as DK to this tension:21 sts and 30 rows to measure 4x4in(10x10cm) in st st using 4mm needles.Sizing colour keySo you can re-use this pattern, we’vecolour-coded the sizing instructions.Simply follow our colour-codedmeasurements and you’re off.n size 10n size 12n size 14n size 16n size 18n size 20n size 22psso pass slippedstitch overrem remainingrep repeatRS right sidesl 1 slip st on to righthandneedlest(s) stitch(es)st st stocking stitchyf yarn forwardyrn yarn roundneedleWS wrong sideHolidayRomanceStart knitting here…Front and back (Both Alike)Cast on 82 (86: 90: 94: 98: 102: 106) sts using4mm needles.Row 1 K3, *yf ,sl 1, K1, psso, K2, rep from * to last 3sts, yf, sl 1, K1, psso, K1.Row 2 P3, *yrn, p2tog, P2 rep from * last 3 sts, yrn,p2tog, P1.These 2 rows form the rib pattern. Rep these 2rows for 6in (15cm), ending with row 2.Next row (RS) K5 (7: 9: 11: 13: 15: 17), m1 *K8, m1,rep from * to last 5 (7: 9: 11: 13: 15: 17) sts,K5 (7: 9: 11: 13: 15: 17). [92 (96: 100: 104: 108:112: 116) sts]Next row Purl.Next row Knit.Continue in st st until the knitting measures16 (16: 17: 17: 17: 18: 18)in, 40.5 (40.5: 43: 43:43: 45.5: 45.5)cm.Next row (WS) Inc 1 st at both endsof the row.Rep this row 11 more times.[116 (120: 124: 128: 132: 136:140) sts]Next row Purl.Next row Inc 1 st at both endsof the row. [118 (122: 126: 130:134: 138: 142) sts]Continue on these sts for 11 rows.Shape neckNext row (RS) K49 (51: 53: 55: 57: 59: 61) sts,turn. Leave 69 (71: 73: 75: 77: 79: 81) sts on astitch holder.Work on the rem 49 (51 : 53: 55: 57: 59: 61) stsonly.Next row Cast off 5 sts.Next row Knit.Sizing guideTo fit chestActual chest measurementLengthYarn Ball size ShadeKNITTIPPractise the faggotstitch welt. Cast on amultiple of 4sts plusan extra 2 sts for theedges.incmincmincmSize103486.5358922X58Size123691.537942359Size143896.5399924W61Show off your tan with thelow-cut neckline.Next row Cast off 5 sts.Next row Knit.Next row P2tog, purl to end of row.Next row Knit to last 2 sts, k2tog.Rep last 2 rows until there are 15 sts onyour needle.Cast off.With RS facing slip the first 20 sts off stitchholder onto another stitch holder.Size1640101.54110424V62Size1842106.54310924X63Size204411245114.52666RYC, Cashcotton DK 50g/130m Pool (602) 5 5 5 6 6 7 7Size224611747119.526W6740 October 2006

Fashion“You can easily substitute theyarn with another DK weightfor a different look.”Kirstie McLeod, technical editor, Simply KnittingHow to…Make 1 increaseThis is another way to increaseand is usually abbreviated as m1.Next row Rejoin yarn and work sts off first stitchholder thus: cast off 5 sts, K to end of row.Next row Purl.Next row Cast off 5 sts, K to end of row.Next row Purl.Next row K2tog, K to end of row.Next row Purl to last 2 sts, p2tog.Rep last 2 rows until there are 15 sts onyour needle.Cast off.necklineWith right side facing, pick up and knit 35 (37:39: 41: 43: 45: 47) sts down left side of neck edge,20 sts from the stitch holder and 35 (37: 39: 41:43: 45: 47) sts along the right side of neck edge.[90 (94 : 98: 102: 106: 110: 114) sts]Row 1 K3, *yf, sl 1, K1, psso, K2, rep from * to last 3sts, yf, sl 1, K1, psso, K1.Row 2 P3, *yrn, p2tog, P2, rep from * to last 3 sts,yrn, p2tog, P1.These 2 rows from the rib pattern. Rep these 2rows for 2in (5cm) ending with row 1.Cast off in pattern.Making upPress as per instructions on ball band. Pin andsew up shoulder seams.SLEEVE CUFFWith right side facing, pick up and knit 74 (82:86: 90: 94: 98: 102) sts.Row 1 K3, *yf, sl 1, K1, psso, K2, rep from * to last 3sts, yf, sl 1, K1, psso, K1.Row 2 P3, *yrn, p2tog, P2, rep from * to last 3 stsyrn, p2tog, P1.These 2 rows form the rib pattern. Rep these 2rows for 2in (5cm) ending with row 1.Cast off in pattern.Making upPin and sew up side and sleeve seams.Get in the festive spirit next month with abeginner’s cable jumper. You can find issue 21 inthe shops from Thursday 12 October 2006.Front & back15 (18V: 19V: 20V: 21V: 22V: 23V)in44.5 (47: 48.5: 52: 54.9: 57.25: 58.75)cmREADER OFFER!Save 10% withCucumberpatch!22X (23: 24W: 24V: 24X: 26: 26W)in58 (59: 61: 62: 63: 66: 67)cm1Knit the number of stitches thepattern requires you to do before theincrease. Now insert the point of theright-hand needle under the loop or line ofyarn that lies between the two stitches.2Now wind the yarn around the pointof the needle as you would for a knit stitch.3Pull the point of the needle throughthe stitch, making sure to catch the yarn onthe tip of the right-hand needle.Cucumberpatch are offering you anexclusive 10% discount on the RYCCash Cotton DK needed to completethis pretty top. Simply visit, or call 01782862332 to place an order.4Pull the stitch all the way throughand you will now have an extra stitch on yourright-hand needle. Keep knitting across therow until you need to increase again or reachthe end.October 200641

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