Knitting Preview: May 16, 2020 Issue

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Welcome to our first look into the May 16 issue of “The People’s Friend”: our knitting preview!

Nature has inspired this lovely top, which features a graduated leaf pattern.

We have chosen Rico Design Essentials Merino DK in the vibrant shade of Berry (15) for this design. The 100% Merino wool yarn is lovely and soft next to the skin and very hard wearing.

If you prefer another shade, there are 47 in the range from which to choose.

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Photograph by Ally Stuart.

Sizes range from 76/81 cm (30/32 ins) to 117/122 cm (46/48 ins). Actual size is 13/8 cm (5/3 ins) bigger. The sleeve comes to just about the elbow.

The leaf motif is repeated on the front and the back, and is worked over an 18-row repeat. But because it is staggered up the design, the entire pattern placement is over 122 rows.

We have marked this as intermediate. The leaf motif itself is worked on a basic 2 stitches, which increase to 7 stitches before decreasing back again.

There are no tricky stitches, but you do need to count and keep track of where you are in the pattern.

We’re sure you will agree that it is well worth the effort for a lovely top, which will be perfect for the warmer days (we hope!) ahead.

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Liz O’Rourke

I am part of the Features Team and my hobbies include knitting and crafts, reading and foreign travel – which are also my main responsibilities on the “Friend”. If you walk into the office you will soon spot my desk, it’s the one piled high with knitwear and balls of yarn!