Sor­cha

Mod­ern raglan tu­nic dress with Fair Isle pan­els

The Knitter - - Content - Pat Strong

the round from the bot­tom up, this tu­nic dress has a sim­ple geo­met­ric pat­tern of di­a­monds and tri­an­gles, worked us­ing the stranded colour­work tech­nique. “It would be a good project for knit­ters look­ing to prac­tise and im­prove their Fair Isle tech­nique,” says de­signer Pat Strong. “Rowan’s Felted Tweed is a per­fect yarn for this - it lends it­self to colour­work and pro­duces a soft, even fab­ric.”

PAT­TERN NOTES

Fol­low charted in­struc­tions for the colour­work, read­ing chart from right to left and work­ing in the round. Make the same yarn the ‘top’ yarn when strand­ing – in our sam­ple, the back­ground yarn has been worked as the ‘top’ yarn - and strand the yarns loosely enough so that the fab­ric can move when worn. There are no floats more than three stitches in width, so there is no need to tack floats down. .

BODY

Us­ing 3.75mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles, 80cm long, and yarn A, cast on 235 ( 255: 273: 293) sts us­ing the long-tail or other stretchy cast-on method. Pm and join to work in the round, be­ing care­ful not to twist sts. Round 1: (K1, P1) to last st, K1. Round 2: (P1, K1) to last st, P1. Rounds 1 and 2 set moss st. Work 5 more rounds in as set. Sizes S and M only Next round: K to last st, KFB. 236 ( 256:-:-) sts. Sizes L and XL only Next round: K to last 2 sts, K2­tog. - (-:272: 292) sts. All sizes Next round: Work row 1 of Chart to end of round. Last round sets Chart place­ment. Cont to work as set un­til all 28 rows of Chart have been worked twice. Cont in yarn A only, work in st st un­til work mea­sures 25 ( 26: 27: 28) cm from cast-on edge. Al­ter length here if de­sired. Place a marker af­ter st 118 ( 128: 136: 146).

SHAPE WAIST

Dec Round 1: *K3, K2­tog, K108 ( 118: 126: 136), SSK, K3, pm; rep from * once more. 232 ( 252: 268: 288) sts. Work 7 rounds with­out shap­ing.

NEE­DLES & AC­CES­SORIES

3.75mm (UK 10/US 3) cir­cu­lar nee­dles, 80cm long 3.75mm (UK 10/US 3) cir­cu­lar nee­dles, 100cm long Set of 3.75mm (UK 10/US 3) dou­ble-pointed nee­dles (DPNs) for neck, if not us­ing Magic Loop method Stitch mark­ers, in­clud­ing four lock­ing stitch mark­ers 23 sts and 30 rows to 10cm over st st on 3.75mm nee­dles Rowan 01484 950630 www.kni­trowan.com Dec Round 2: *K3, K2­tog, work to 5 sts be­fore mrk, SSK, K3, slm; rep from * once more. 4 sts dec’d. Rep Dec Round 2 ev­ery 8th round 5 ( 6:6: 5) more times. 208 ( 224: 240:264) sts. Con­tinue with­out shap­ing un­til work mea­sures 45 ( 47: 48 : 50) cm. Inc round: *K3, KFB, work to 4 sts be­fore mrk, KFB, K3; rep from * once more. 4 sts inc’d. Rep inc round ev­ery 10th round, 1 ( 2:3: 2) more times. 216 ( 236: 256: 276) sts. Con­tinue with­out shap­ing un­til work mea­sures 57 ( 59: 63: 65) cm.

YOKE

Us­ing 100cm length cir­cu­lar nee­dles, *K to 10 ( 11: 12: 12) sts be­fore mrk, cast off 20( 22: 24: 22) sts); rep from * once more. 176 ( 192: 208: 232) sts. Next round: *K88 ( 96: 104: 116), pm, cast on 56 ( 60: 68: 68) sts, pm; rep from * once more. 288 ( 312: 344: 368) sts.

SET UP SLEEVE CAP PAT­TERN

Round 1: K to first mrk, slm, (K1, P1) to next

mrk, slm, K to next mrk, slm, (K1, P1) to end. Round 2: K to mrk, slm, (P1, K1) to next mrk, slm, K to mrk, slm, (P1, K1) to end. Last 2 rounds set moss st for sleeve caps. Work Rounds 1 and 2, 3 more times.

BE­GIN CHART

Next round: Work row 1 of Chart to end of round. Last round sets Chart place­ment. Re­move all mrks on last round. Dec round: (Work 1 st from Chart, s2kpo, mark last st with a con­trast­ing lock­ing mrk for beg of round, patt 85 ( 93: 101: 113) sts, s2kpo, mark last st with a lock­ing mrk, patt 53 ( 57: 65: 65), s2kpo, mark last st with a lock­ing mrk, patt 85 ( 93: 101: 113) sts, s2kpo, mark last st with a lock­ing mrk, patt 53 ( 57: 65: 65). 8 sts dec’d. Round 2: Work Chart to 2 sts be­fore end of round. Us­ing the marked stitches as a guide, dec as set on ev­ery alt round as folls: Dec round: *Sk2po, move lock­ing mrk into last st, patt to 2 sts be­fore marked st; rep from * 3 more times, patt to end. 8 sts dec’d. Cont to dec ev­ery alt row as set un­til 112 ( 124: 144:160) sts re­main. When all decs are com­plete, cont to work in Chart patt un­til all 28 rows of Chart have been worked twice, then cont in yarn A only un­til yoke mea­sures 21 ( 22: 23: 24) cm. Next round: (K1, P1) to end of round. Next round: (P1, K1) to end of round. Last 2 rounds set moss st. Work in moss st for 5 more rounds.

FIN­ISH­ING

Weave in ends. Gen­tly block to mea­sure­ments, fol­low­ing any yarn care in­struc­tions on the ball band.

Edg­ings are worked in moss stitch

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