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Steeked Fair Isle mug hug

Us­ing 3mm DPNs and yarn D, cast on 67 sts (60 sts + 7 steek sts). Di­vide sts over 3 nee­dles as fol­lows: Nee­dle 1: 7 steek sts, pm, 12 pat­tern sts, Nee­dle 2: 24 pat­tern sts, Nee­dle 3: 24 pat­tern sts. Pm and join to work in the round, tak­ing care not to twist sts. Be­gin work­ing the charts; each round be­gins from the right-hand side of the chart. The steek chart will be worked once and the Mug Hug chart worked 5 times to the end of the round. Re­mem­ber to keep the steek sts in tram­lines through­out, lin­ing up the light and dark sts to cre­ate a straight cut­ting line. Work to Round 24 of Charts. Cast off all sts knit­wise.

EN­FORC­ING AND CUT­TING THE STEEK

Us­ing a 2mm cro­chet hook and con­trast­ing colour, work dou­ble cro­chet (US sin­gle cro­chet) each side of cen­tre steek st, leav­ing a lad­der be­tween the 2 rounds of cro­chet. Cut up the lad­der be­tween the two rows of cro­chet, tak­ing care not to cut the cro­chet stitches.

SIDE BANDS

**Us­ing 2.5mm DPNs and the colour of your choice, pick up and knit 24 sts along the col­umn of sts be­tween the last steek st and the first st of the pat­tern re­peat.** Knit 2 rows. Eyelet row: P1, *P2­tog, yo; rep from * to last st, P1. Knit 2 rows. Cast off with a 3mm nee­dle to cre­ate a flex­i­ble edge. Re­peat from ** to ** for the other side. Knit 5 rows. Cast off.

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