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GARTER ST (back and forth on circular needle):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 rows K.
See diagram A.1. Diagram shows all rows in pattern seen from RS.
Work 2 parts that are sewn tog mid back. Then knit up an edge in rib around the opening of the shrug.
Cast on 110-110-110-119-119-119 sts (includes 1 edge st in each side) on circular needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 with Baby Alpaca Silk - work back and forth on needle.
P 1 row from WS.
Then work rib (= K 1/P 2) with 1 edge st in GARTER ST - see explanation above, in each side.
When rib measures 4 cm / 1½'', dec on next row from RS all 2 P sts into 1 P st by P2 tog = 74-74-74-80-80-80 sts. Switch to needle size 3 mm / US 2.5 and P 1 row from WS while AT THE SAME TIME dec 24-24-22-26-23-23 sts evenly = 50-50-52-54-57-57 sts. Work next row as follows from RS: 1 edge st in garter st, 2-2-3-4-0-0 sts in stockinette st, work pattern according to diagram A.1 until 3-3-4-5-1-1 st remains, finish with 2-2-3-4-0-0 sts in stockinette st and 1 edge st in garter st. Continue pattern like this. REMEMBER THE GAUGE!
When piece measures 7-8-8-9-9-11 cm / 2 3/4"-3"-3"-3½"-3½"-4½", inc 1 st in each side. Repeat inc every 9th-7th-7th-6th-6th-5th row 12-14-15-16-16-18 more times = 76-80-84-88-91-95 sts – NOTE: Work the inc sts gradually in pattern, the sts that do not fit are worked in stockinette st.
When piece measures 43 cm / 17" for all sizes, insert 1 marker in each side - now measure piece from here.
Now bind off in one side of piece (= towards front edge) while AT THE SAME TIME casting on new sts in the other side of piece (= towards back piece) as follows:
Bind off on every other row (i.e. at beg of every row from RS): 4 sts 3 times, 3 sts 2 times, 2 sts 4-4-5-6-7-8 times and 1 st 6-8-8-9-7-7 times, then bind off every 4th row (i.e. at beg of every other row from RS): 1 st 6-6-6-5-7-7 times.
TOWARDS BACK PIECE:
Cast on new sts on every other row (i.e. at the end of every row from RS): 2 sts 4-5-6-6-7-7 times and 1 st 8-8-8-10-11-13 times, then every 4th row (i.e. at the end of every other row from RS): 1 st 2 times.
After all bind offs and cast ons, there are 56-60-64-68-72-76 sts on needle.
When piece measures 18-19-20-21-22-23 cm / 7''-7½''-8''-8¼''-8 ¾''-9'', slip 9 sts 5 times in total on a stitch holder from bottom of back piece and up towards the neck on every other row (i.e. at beg of every row from WS - work sts before slipping them on stitch holder) = 11-15-19-23-27-31 sts remain on needle.
Switch to circular needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 and slip all sts from stitch holder back on needle while at the same time working the row from RS = 56-60-64-68-72-76 sts.
P 1 row from WS while AT THE SAME TIME inc 12-12-12-14-14-16 sts evenly = 68-72-76-82-86-92 sts.
Work 2 ridges in garter st over all sts and bind off.
The shrug has now been worked to the middle of back, i.e. halfway.
Cast on and work as right side but reversed. I.e. when casting/binding off on front piece, bind off at beg of row from WS (instead of RS). Cast on new sts towards back piece at the end of row from WS (instead of RS) and slip sts on a stitch holder on back piece at beg of every row from RS (instead of WS).
Sew the 2 parts tog mid back.
Sew sleeve seams inside 1 edge st up to markers.
Knit up along the opening on the shrug - i.e. up along right front piece, back of neck, down along left front piece and then along back piece as follows:
Pick up from RS approx. 250 to 330 sts on circular needle size 2.5 mm / US 1.5 and work in the round on needle as follows: P 1 round, then K 1 round while AT THE SAME TIME inc evenly to 279-288-297-315-333-351 sts.
Then work rib = K 1/P 2.
When rib measures 2 cm / 3/4'', inc every third P-section to 3 P sts = 310-320-330-350-370-390 sts.
Repeat inc when edge measures 6 and 9 cm / 3½'', but displace inc so that next P-section is inc to 3 P sts = 372-384-396-420-444-468 sts. After last round with inc, the rib should be K 1/P 3 the entire round. Now loosely bind off with K over K and P over P. NOTE: To avoid a tight bind off edge, 1 YO after approx. every 8th or 12th st can be made, bind off YO as a st
= K from RS, P from WS
= 1 YO between 2 sts
= K 2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso