Manch­ester Throw

Based on a clas­sic Shet­land lace pat­tern, each square is worked in the round from the cen­ter out, mak­ing this throw a very por­ta­ble project.

Creative Knitting - - CONTENTS - De­sign by Therese Chynoweth

Gauge

Ap­prox 15 sts and 30 rnds = 4 inches/ 10cm in Lace pat with smaller nee­dles (blocked—see Pat­tern Notes). To save time, take time to check gauge.

Spe­cial Ab­bre­vi­a­tion

Cen­tered Dou­ble De­crease (CDD): Slip next 2 sts as if to k2­tog, k1, p2sso to dec 2 sts.

Pat­tern Notes

Each square is worked sep­a­rately and blocked be­fore join­ing. Squares are blocked to 12 inches by 12 inches, but will re­lax to about 11 inches by 11 inches af­ter re­mov­ing the pins.

Each square uses a lit­tle more than a full re­peat of the color se­quence, so the color strip­ing of each suc­ces­sive square will be slightly dif­fer­ent from the pre­vi­ous one. Pulling the yarn from the in­side or out­side of the wound skeins will af­fect the or­der of the col­ors in each square and presents an op­por­tu­nity to cus­tom­ize your throw.

This throw is the per­fect size to use as a lap blan­ket, but is easy to make larger as de­sired. Each square weighs about .7 ounces (20 grams), so each skein will make 4 or 5 squares.

Pat­tern Stitch Lace Square

Note: A chart is pro­vided for those pre­fer­ring to work pat st from a chart. Rnd 1: *K1, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times— 12 sts (3 sts each dpn). Rnds 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14: Knit. Rnd 3: *[K1, yo] twice, k1; rep from * 3 times—20 sts (5 sts each dpn). Rnd 5: *K1, yo, k3, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—28 sts (7 sts each dpn). Rnd 7: *K1, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—36 sts (9 sts each dpn). Rnd 9: *K1, yo, k1, k2­tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—44 sts (11 sts each dpn). Rnd 11: K1, yo, k1, k2­tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times— 52 sts (13 sts each dpn). Rnd 13: *K1, yo, k2, yo, k2­tog, yo, CDD, yo, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—60 sts (15 sts each dpn). Rnd 15: *K1, yo, [k1, k2­tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk] twice, k1, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—68 sts (17 sts each dpn).

Change to 16-inch cir­cu­lar nee­dle. Rnd 16: *K17, pm; rep from * 3 times. Rnd 17: *K1, yo, k2, [yo, ssk] twice, k3, [k2­tog, yo] twice, k2, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—76 sts (19 sts be­tween mark­ers). Rnd 18: *K5, [yo, ssk] twice, k1, [k2­tog, yo] twice, k5; rep from * 3 times. Rnd 19: *K1, yo, k5, yo, ssk, yo, CDD, yo, k2­tog, yo, k5, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—84 sts (21 sts be­tween mark­ers). Rnd 20: *K8, yo, ssk, k1, k2­tog, yo, k8; rep from * 3 more times. Rnd 21: *K1, yo, k2, yo, ssk, k4, yo, CDD, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times— 92 sts (23 sts be­tween mark­ers). Rnds 22, 24, 26, 28 and 30: Knit. Rnd 23: *K1, yo, k1, k2­tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k9, k2­tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—100 sts (25 sts be­tween mark­ers). Rnd 25: *K1, yo, k1, k2­tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k7, k2­tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1, yo, k1; rep from * 3 more times—108 sts (27 sts be­tween mark­ers).

Change to 24-inch cir­cu­lar nee­dle. Rnd 27: *K1, yo, k2, yo, k2­tog, yo, CDD, yo, ssk, yo, k7, yo, k2­tog, yo, CDD, yo, ssk, yo, k2, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times— 116 sts (29 sts be­tween mark­ers). Rnd 29: *K1, yo, [k1, k2­tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk] twice, k3, [k2­tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1] twice, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—124 sts (31 sts be­tween mark­ers). Rnd 31: *K1, yo, k2, [yo, ssk] twice, k3, [k2­tog, yo] twice, k3, [yo, ssk] twice, k3, [k2­tog, yo] twice, k2, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—132 sts (33 sts be­tween mark­ers). Rnd 32: *K5, [yo, ssk] twice, k1, [k2­tog, yo] twice, k5, [yo, ssk] twice, k1, [k2­tog, yo] twice, k5; rep from * 3 times. Rnd 33: *K1, yo, k5, yo, ssk, yo, CDD, yo, k2­tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, yo, CDD, yo, k2­tog, yo, k5, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—140 sts (35 sts be­tween mark­ers). Rnd 34: *K8, yo, ssk, k1, k2­tog, yo, k9, yo, ssk, k1, k2­tog, yo, k8; rep from * 3 times. Rnd 35: *K1, yo, k8, yo, CDD, yo, k11, yo, CDD, yo, k8, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times— 148 sts (37 sts be­tween mark­ers). Rnd 36: Purl. Rnd 37: *K1, yo, knit to 1 st be­fore next marker, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times— 8 sts inc. Rnds 38–40: Rep Rnds 36 and 37, then rep Rnd 36—164 sts (41 sts be­tween mark­ers).

Throw

Squares Make 9 Us­ing cro­chet hook and Emily Ocker’s cir­cu­lar cast on tech­nique (see page 80), make a loop with the yarn, with the tail be­hind the end com­ing from the ball. Insert the cro­chet hook through the loop, yo and pull through a st. Yo again and pull through the st on hook. *Insert the cro­chet hook through the loop again, yo and pull up through a st (do not pull through the st al­ready on the hook), yo and pull through the st just made (1 st was added to the hook); rep from * 6 more times—8 sts on the hook.

Slip the sts onto 4 dpns, with 2 sts on each dpn. Pull tail slightly to par­tially close the loop (the loop can be com­pletely closed once a few rnds have been worked). Mark beg of rnd and join, be­ing care­ful not to twist sts. Work Rnds 1–40 of Lace pat. Place sts on a long piece of waste yarn, keep­ing mark­ers at each corner.

Note: You may want to cut 4 strands of waste yarn for each square and place the sts for each side on a sep­a­rate strand of waste yarn. There’s no need to keep the mark­ers if you use 4 strands of waste yarn.

Fin­ish­ing

Block each square to 12 inches x 12 inches. Join Squares Ar­range the 9 squares into 3 rows of 3 squares each.

Re­turn the sts for ad­ja­cent edges of 2 squares to straight nee­dles so nee­dle tips are fac­ing in the same di­rec­tion when the pieces are held tog.

Re­move the waste yarn from sts on the nee­dles and mark­ers at those cor­ners.

Hold the nee­dles with the RS of both squares tog and WS fac­ing you.

Us­ing larger nee­dle, join squares us­ing 3-nee­dle bind-off (see page 79)— 1 st rem.

Cut yarn leav­ing an 8-inch tail, then pull through rem st.

Join the 3rd square in the same man­ner. Rep with the rem 2 strips. Join the strips in the same man­ner as the squares.

Weave in ends that are not next to the outer edges of the as­sem­bled squares. Use the ends where the strips join to close up any holes or gaps. Edg­ing Re­turn the sts of the outer edges to long­est cir­cu­lar nee­dle and pm at each corner—492 sts, with 123 sts along each edge. Pm to in­di­cate beg of rnd. Rnd 1: *K1, yo, knit to 1 st be­fore next marker, yo, k1; rep from * 3 times—8 sts inc. Rnd 2: Purl. Rnds 3 and 4: Rep Rnds 1 and 2—508 sts.

Us­ing larger nee­dle, loosely bind off all sts pwise.

Weave in rem ends, us­ing them to close gaps in the seams and edg­ing.

If de­sired, block seams and edg­ing lightly.

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