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Gauge: 21 sts x 27 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm.
Rib: *K 3, P 4*, repeat *-*
Right side: Loosely cast on 51-51-51-58-58 sts on larger circular needles with 1 strand charcoal grey + 1 strand black (= 2 strands). Knit 2 rows reverse stockinette st (row 1 = right side), then knit rib, keeping 1 edge st at each side in garter st. When the piece measures 10 cm dec all P 4 to P 3 = 44-44-44-50-50 sts. When the piece measures 18 cm K 2 rows (1st row = right side). Change to smaller needles, take away black strand and continue in stockinette st with 1 strand charcoal grey, increasing 12-14-16-12-12 sts evenly distributed on first row = 56-58-60-62-62 sts.
When the piece measures 21-21-24-24-21 cm inc 1 st at each side every 2-2-1.5-1.5-1.5 cm a total of 15-16-17-18-20 times = 86-90-94-98-102 sts. When the piece measures 53 cm put a marker at each side – measure the piece from here.
Now bind off at one side of piece (= the front) and at the same time cast on new sts at the other side of piece (= the back):
At front: bind off 3 sts, then bind off every other row: 3 sts 2 times, 2 sts 15-16-17-18-19 times and 1 st 2-2-1-1-1 times, then every 4th row: 1 st 2-2-3-3-3 times.
At back: inc every other row: 2 sts 2 times, 1 st 8-11-13-12-15 times, and then every 4th row: 1 st 5-4-4-5-4 times.
After all shaping is complete, there are 60-64-68-70-74 sts. When the piece measures 18-19-20-21-22 cm put 8 sts on a st holder from lower edge and from neck edge every other row: 6 times = 12-16-20-22-26 sts remain.
The shrug is now at center back, that is, halfway – put a new marker at neck edge. Knit the other half, reversing shaping as follows: after the last 8 sts are put on the st holder, knit 1 row stockinette st, and then put 8 sts from st holder back on needles every other row: 6 times = 60-64-68-70-74 sts. When you put sts back on needle pick up 1 st between the last st on needle and first st on st holder, K this st tog with the 1st st on st holder. This prevents a hole.
When the piece measures 5 cm from the marker at back of the neck increase at front (= the side where you decd before) every 4th row: 1 st 2-2-3-3-3 times, then every other row: 1 st 2-2-1-1-1 times, 2 sts 15-16-17-18-19 times and 3 sts 3 times. When the piece measures 8 cm (measured from the marker at back of the neck dec at back (= the side where you incd before) every 4th row: 1 st 5-4-4-5-4 times, then every other row: 1 st 8-11-13-12-15 times and 2 st 2 times.
After all shaping is complete 86-90-94-98-102 sts. Put 1 marker at each side – measure the piece from here. When the piece measures 4-2-5-3.5-3.5 cm dec 1 st at each side with every 2-2-1.5-1.5-1.5 cm a total of 15-16-17-18-20 times = 56-58-60-62-62 sts. When the piece measures 33 cm change to larger circular needles, add 1 strand black (= 2 strands) and P 1 right side row and then K 1 wrong side rowdecreasing 12-14-16-12-12 sts evenly distributed on the 2nd row = 44-44-44-50-50 sts. Now knit rib (K 3, P 3), keeping 1 edge st at each side in garter st. When rib measures 10 cm inc all P 3 to P 4 = 51-51-51-58-58 sts.
When rib measures 20 cm K 1 right side row, then K 1 wrong side row, then bind off all sts.
Assembly: Sew sleeve seams up to markers, using edge sts as seam allowance. Pick up sts on larger circular needles around outer edge of the garment – up along right front, at back of the neck, down along left front and around back: 162-180-198-198-216 sts (divisible by 18) with 1 strand black + 1 strand charcoal grey (= 2 strands). Join and knit as follows (1st row is the right side): P 1 row, K 1 row, and then knit rib (K 3, P 3). When edge measures 2 cm inc every third P 3 to P 4 (as seen from right side) = 171-190-209-209-228 sts. When edge measures 5 cm and 8-8-8-9-9 cm repeat inc, so that the next P 3 is incd to P 4 = 189-210-231-231-252 sts. After the last row with incs the rib is K 3, P 4 over all sts (seen from the right side). Bind off in rib.