Saturday, 20 March 2010

Judy

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A slim fit Fair Isle tee. The colour scheme gives this a young, fresh style. Knitted in double knitting weight yarn, the Fair Isle pattern is not too demanding and would be ideal for someone wanting to develop their skills at this technique.



To fit sizes 32 (34, 36, 38, 40) inches

Finished sizes
Bust 81 (86, 91, 96, 101) cm / 32, (34, 36, 38, 40) inches
Length 50 (51, 52.5, 54, 55) cm / 19 ¾ (20, 20 ½, 21 ½, 21 3/4) inches
Sleeve seam 10 (10, 11, 11.5, 11.5) cm / 4 (4, 4 ½, 4 ½, 4 ½) inches

Materials
2 x 100g balls of Sirdar Country Style DK (main colour) 318 metres / 348 yards per ball
I used shade 593 cowslip
1 x 100g ball of Sirdar Country Style DK in three contrasting colours
I used shades 423 light pink, 418 burgundy, 589 mountain ash
3.75mm and 3.25mm straight needles

Tension
22 sts and 26 rows to 10 cm measured over pattern.

Abbreviations

k = knit
p = purl
sts = stitches
MC = main colour
CC = contrast colour
k2tog = knit 2 together
k2togtbl = knit 2 together through back of loops
dec = decrease
alt = alternate
RS = right side
WS = wrong side

Fair Isle pattern
Working in stocking stitch throughout
Work 5 rows from chart.
Using MC and beginning with a purl row, stocking stitch 5 rows.
(K1 in MC, k1 in CC1) to last st, k1 in MC.
Using MC only and beginning with a purl row, stocking stitch 5 rows.

These 16 rows form the Fair Isle pattern and are repeated throughout.




BACK
With 3.75mm needles cast on 97 (101, 107, 113, 119) sts with CC1.
Break off CC1, join in MC.
Row 1: p1(1, 3, 1, 3), *(k2, p2) repeat from * to end
Row 2: (k2, p2) to last 1 (1, 3, 1, 3) sts, k1 (1, 3, 1, 3).
Repeat these 2 rows 11 more times.
K2tog, k11(12, 13, 14, 14) k2tog, k12 (12, 13, 14, 15) k2tog, k12 (12, 13, 14, 15) k2tog, k11 (13, 13, 13, 15) k2togtbl, k12 (12, 13, 14, 15) k2togtbl, k12 (12, 13, 14, 15) k2togtbl, k11 (13, 13, 14, 14) k2togtbl. 89 (93, 99, 105, 111) sts
Purl 1 row.
Commence Fair Isle pattern, keeping pattern correct, dec 1 st at each end of 5th and 3 following 4th rows. 81 (85, 91, 97, 103)sts
Pattern 9 rows.
Increase 1 st at each end of next and 3 following 8th rows. 89 (93, 99, 105, 111)sts
Pattern 13 (13, 15, 17, 17) rows. Work should measure 32 (32, 33, 34, 34)cm.

Armhole shaping.
Cast off 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows. 79 (81, 87, 93, 99) sts
Decrease 1 st at each end of the next 3 rows.
Decrease 1 st at each end of next 3 alt. rows.
Decrease 1 st at each end of following 4th row. 65 (69, 75, 81, 87) sts **
Continue straight until armhole measures 18 (19, 19.5, 20, 21) cm.

Shape shoulders
Cast off 7 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts at beginning of next 2 rows.
Cast off 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts at beginning of next 2 rows.
Leave remaining 39 (41, 43, 45, 47) sts on a holder.

FRONT
Work as given for back to **
Work a further 1 row in pattern.
Pattern 25 (26, 28, 30, 32) sts turn leaving remaining stitches on a holder.
Continue on these 25 (26, 28, 30, 32) sts for left neck as follows:
Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next 5 rows.
Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next 5 alternate rows.
Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next 2 following 4th rows. 13 (14, 16, 18, 20) sts
Continue straight until armhole measures the same as back to start of shoulder shaping, ending with a WS row.
Cast off 7 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts at beg of next row.
Work 1 row.
Cast off remaining 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts.

With RS facing, slip centre 15 (17, 19, 21, 21) sts onto a stitch holder and rejoin yarn to remaining 25 (26, 28, 30, 32) sts, pattern to end of the row.
Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next 5 rows.
Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next 5 alternate rows.
Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next 2 following 4th rows. 13 (14, 16, 18, 20) sts
Continue straight until armhole measures the same as back to start of shoulder shaping, ending with a RS row.
Cast off 7 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts at beg of next row.
Work 1 row.
Cast off remaining 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) sts.

SLEEVES
With 3.75mm needles cast on 61 (65, 65, 69,73) sts with CC1.
Break off CC1, join in MC.
Row 1: p1, *(k2, p2) repeat from * to end
Row 2: (k2, p2) to last st, k1.
Repeat these 2 rows 3 more times.
Working in st st, beginning with a k row, work 2 rows. Commence Fair Isle pattern, working 16 (16, 18, 20, 20) rows in total and increasing 1 st at each end of 7th and 13th rows. 65 (69, 69, 73, 77)sts

Armhole shaping
Cast off 3 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Decrease 1 st at each end of the next 1 row.
Decrease 1 st at each end of next 1 (3, 2, 3, 3) alt. rows.
Decrease 1 st at each end of 4 (4, 5, 4, 5) following 4th rows.
Decrease 1 st at each end of next 5 (5, 5, 7, 6) alt. rows.
Decrease 1 st at each end of the next 5 (5, 5, 5, 7) rows.
Cast off 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Cast off remaining 17 sts.




MAKING UP
Darn in all loose ends.
Join right shoulder seams.

NECKBAND
Join right shoulder seam. Using 3.25mm needles and using MC, pick up and knit 33 (36, 38, 40, 43) stitches down right side of neck, knit across 15 (17, 19, 21, 21) sts on holder from front, pick up and knit 33 (36, 38, 40, 43) stitches up left side of neck, knit across 39 (41, 43, 45, 47) sts on holder from back. 120 (130, 138, 146, 154) sts
Row 1: (k2, p2) to end.
Repeat this row 6 times more.
Break off MC and join in CC1, cast off in rib.

Join remaining shoulder seam.
Set sleeve into armhole.
Join side and sleeve seams.

3 comments:

  1. That's a lovely pattern. And so straightforward - which is always a bonus. Thank you!

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  2. I love this pattern! There is one direction I find confusing: "Commence Fair Isle pattern, keeping pattern correct, dec 1 st at each end of 5th and 3 following 4th rows."
    I assume this means I should k2tog at the beginning and the end of the 5th row. What does the "3 following 4th rows" mean? I decrease 3 by k3tog? Or do I twice k2tog? And does the 4th row refer to 4 after the 5th, so the 9th row?

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    1. Hi,
      Sorry you find this confusing. Decreases are worked by knitting 2 together at the beginning and end of the rows specified. This means that stitches are decreased on the 5th row of the pattern, and every fourth row after this three times, these being the 9th, the 13th and 17th rows. So that there are 4 decrease rows in total, with 8 stitches being decreased. I hope that this explains things for you.

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