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Gauge: 15 sts x 20 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm.
Rib: *K 3, P 2*, repeat *-*.
The shrug is knitted in one piece.
The piece starts at right wrist and ends at left wrist.
Loosely cast on 46-48-50-50-52 sts on straight needles and knit 4 rows garter st. Change to stockinette st, decreasing 8 sts evenly distributed on the first row = 38-40-42-42-44 sts.
When the piece measures 18 cm inc 1 st at each side every 3-3-3-2.5-2.5 cm a total of 11-11-12-13-14 times = 60-62-66-68-72 sts.
When the piece measures 53 cm put a marker at each side – measure the piece from here – and read the entire section before knitting:
Seen from RS the right side of piece is towards front and left side is toward back.
Now bind off at the front of piece and cast on new sts at the back of piece.
At front: bind off 2-2-3-3-3 sts, and then bind off every other row: 1 st 9-10-11-12-12 times, 2 sts 3-3-3-3-4 times, 3 sts 3 times and 4 sts 1 time.
At back: inc every other row: 3 sts 1 time and 1 st 2 times, then every 4th row: 1 st 4 times.
After all shaping is complete = 39-40-42-43-45 sts.
When the piece measures 17-18-19-20-21 cm put 5 sts on a st holder from lower edge of back toward neck edge of back on every other row 6 times = 9-10-12-13-15 sts remain on needles.
The shrug is now at center back.
Place a new marker at center back in neck edge (right side of work seen frm RS).
Now knit the other half, reversing shaping:
knit 1 row stockinette st, and then put 5 sts from st holder back on needle on every other row 6 times = 39-40-42-43-45 sts.
When sts are put back on needles pick up 1 st between the last st on needle and the first st on st holder, K this picked up st tog with 1st st on st holder. This will prevent a hole.
When the piece measures 6 cm from the marker at back of the neck inc at front (= the side where you bound off before) every other row: 4 sts 1 time, 3 sts 3 times, 2 sts 3-3-3-3-4 times and 1 st 9-10-11-12-12 times and 2-2-3-3-3 sts 1 time.
When the piece measures 12-13-14-15-16 cm from the marker at back neck, dec at back (= the side where you increased before) every 4th row: 1 st 4 times, then every other row: 1 st 2 times and then bind off 3 sts 1 time.
After all incs and decs are complete 60-62-66-68-72 sts remain.
Put a marker at each side – measure the work from here.
When the piece measures 5-5-2-5-2.5 cm dec 1 st at each side every 3-3-3-2.5-2.5 cm a total of 11-11-12-13-14 times = 38-40-42-42-44 sts. When the piece measures 51 cm inc 8 sts evenly distributed = 46-48-50-50-52 sts. Knit 4 rows garter st and then bind off.
Assembly: Sew sleeve seams up to markers, using edge sts as seam allowance. Pick up sts around edge of the garment – along right front, back of the neck, down left front and around back = approx. 175-230 sts (divisible by 5) on circular needles. Join and knit in the round as follows (seen from the right side): P 1 row and K 1 row, then knit rib - see instructions above. When the edge measures 6 cm inc all P 2 to P 3 = approx. 210-276 sts. When the edge measures 12 cm inc all K 3 to K 4 = approx. 245-322 sts. When the edge measures 16-17-18-19-20 cm inc all P 3 to P 4, on the next row bind off all sts in rib.