CAROL MEL­DRUM Ger­main

El­e­gant Fair Isle pon­cho

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PON­CHO RIB NECK

Us­ing 4mm cir­cu­lar nee­dles and yarn A, cast on 122 sts. Do not join into the round - knit­ting flat avoids a pat­tern jog. Row 1 (RS): K2, *P2, K2; rep from * to end. Row 2 (WS): P2, *K2, P2; rep from * to end. Rows 1 and 2 form rib. Rep these two rows 12 more times or to re­quired length, end­ing with a WS row. Next row (RS inc): Rib 4, M1, *rib 5, M1; rep to last 3 sts, rib 3. 146 sts. Next row (WS): Purl to end. Fas­ten off yarn A.

BODY

Change to 4.5mm nee­dles and join in yarn B. Row 1 (RS): K10, pm, K1, pm, K13, pm, K28, pm, K13, pm, K1, pm, K16, pm, K1, pm, K13, pm, K28, pm, K13, pm, K1, pm, K to end. Row 2: Purl to end. Row 3 (RS inc): Knit to first mrk, slm, M1, K1, M1, slm, knit to next mrk, slm, work row 1 of Chart A, slm, (knit to next mrk, slm, M1, K1, M1, slm) twice, knit to next mrk, slm, work row 1 of chart, slm, knit to next mrk, slm, M1, K1, M1, slm, knit to end. 154 sts. Row 4: Purl to third mrk, slm, work row 2 of Chart A, slm, purl to ninth mrk, slm, work row 2 of Chart A, slm, purl to end. Rows 3 and 4 set place­ment for in­creases and Chart A. Keep­ing Fair Isle pat­tern cor­rect through­out, join­ing colours in as re­quired, in­crease on every RS row as set 12 more times. 250 sts. Cont to work as set, in­creas­ing on every fol­low­ing 4th row un­til there are 306 sts. Work 4 more rows, end­ing on Row 19 of Chart.

FAIR ISLE BORDER

Change to 5mm nee­dles. Next row (WS): P1, work 19-st re­peat from row 2 of Chart B to last st, P1. Next row (RS): K1, work 19-st re­peat from row 3 of Chart B to last st, K1. Cont work­ing as set un­til row 19 of Chart B has been com­pleted, then re­peat rows 1 to 10 again, end­ing with a WS row. Change to 4.5mm nee­dles and yarn B. Next row (RS): Knit to end. Fas­ten off yarn B, join in yarn A. Next row (WS): Purl to end.

LOWER RIB

Row 1(RS): K2, *P2, K2; rep from * to end. Row 2: P2, *K2, P2; rep from * to end. Last 2 rows form rib. Rep Rows 1 and 2, three more times, then work row 1 again. Cast off in knit.

MAK­ING UP

Weave in ends. Block and press body if re­quired, fol­low­ing any yarn care in­struc­tions on the ball band. Us­ing mat­tress stitch, sew side seam. Weave in any re­main­ing loose ends.

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Sim­ple mo­tifs pay trib­ute to clas­sic Fair Isle pat­terns

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