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Are you a mum or a grandma-to-be? With the impending arrival of a new baby, how about creating something extra-special and unique

It’s January, time to save money and learn new skills, so why not kill two birds with one stone by taking up knitting? You’ll be in starry company – Hollywood A-listers Sarah Jessica Parker, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Zeta-Jones have all been spotted knitting between takes on set. Tempted? Then take a peek at Nikki Van De Car’s lovely new book What to Knit When You’re Expecting. We love this striped boatneck sweater – it’s both stylish and simple.

Both the back and front of this sweater are worked in exactly the same way. In fact, the construction is as simple as it could possibly be, but the lovely texture of the yarn and the bold stripe pattern make it stand out, while its wide neck, light weight and roomy fit make it comfortable and practical.

For a list of knitting abbreviations, look here

Pattern

BACK/FRONT (Make 2)

Using MC, CO 49 (53, 57) sts.

Work in double moss stitch for 4 (8, 8) rows as follows:

Rows 1 and 4 (RS): * pl, kl, repeat from * to end.

Rows 2 and 3: pl, *kl, pl, repeat from * to end.

 

Small and large sizes only

Work rows 1 and 2 of double moss stitch pattern.

 

All sizes

*Change to CC. Work 6 (8, 10) rows in st st.

Change to MC. Work 6 (8, 10) rows in st st.

Repeat from * until 5th (4th, 4th) CC stripe is complete.

Using MC, work straight in double moss stitch until piece measures 21cm (25cm, 28cm), ending with a WS row.

Next row (RS): work 12 (14, 15) in a pattern, cast off 25 (25, 27) sts, work to end (of left shoulder).

Leaving sts for right shoulder on the needle, and continuing with double moss stitch pattern as set, work left shoulder for 2.5cm (2.75cm, 3cm).

Next row: Cast off left shoulder sts.

Next row: Attach yarn and work right shoulder in double moss stitch pattern as set to match left shoulder.

Cast off right shoulder sts.

 

SLEEVE (Make 2)

Using MC, CO 30 (34, 36) sts.

Work in double moss stitch for 6 (8, 10) rows as follows:

Rows 1 and 2 (RS): *kl, pl, repeat from * to end.

Rows 3 and 4: *pl, kl repeat from * to end.

Change to CC. Continue to work in st st, in stripe pattern as set for back/front, with 6 (8, 10) rows per colour.

At the same time, work increases as follows:

*Work 7 (7, 8) rows straight in st st.

Next row: work 2, ml, work to last sts, ml, work 2.

Repeat from * 6 times more. 44 (48, 50) sts.

Work 2 (4, 2) rows straight.

Cast off all sts.

 

Finishing

Weave in ends.

Using new MC, sew shoulder and sleeve seams. Starting at bottom hem, sew to 10cm (12cm, 13cm) from shoulder seam. Set sleeves into armholes.

Block lightly as desired.

 


knitting book

What to Knit When You're Expecting, Nikki Van De Carr, £14.99

Sizes

0-3, (3-6, 6-12) months (shown in 6-12 months)

Materials

1 (2,3) x 50g balls Rowan Felted Tweed DK (shade: 165 Scree) for MC

1 (2,3) x 50g balls Rowan Felted Tweed DK (shade: 159 Carbon) for CC

1 x pair 4mm knitting needles

Tapestry needle

Tension

19.5 sts and 31.5 rows to 10cm over st st using 4mm needles

 

 

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