By Martin Storey

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It's the ultimate sign of spring! Knit this stunning jacket and surround yourself with flowers.

This blossom-covered jacket is a very very little stretch special knit. Anyone who sees it will and so your tension understand just how much care will need to be you've put into it. Your skills will be spot-on for this clear for all the world to see. You don't have project. Needless to say, this is a design we'd recommend only for experienced intarsia knitters. We also

This pattern, Charm, is one of SI summery designs for women, men and the home in Rowan Magazine 47. For more details or to find a stockist, visit www.knitrowan.com or call01484 681881.

to keep the jacket for a special occasion, but if you do have a big event coming up, you can't pick a better design than this.

Designer Martin Storey has pulled out all the stops for this beautiful piece. The first thing everyone will notice - how could they not?-is the intarsia pattern. Each patch of colour is worked separately, with no stranding of yarn acrossthebackofthe knitting. "I knitted from separate lengths of yarn, which I added as required but bobbins would work just as well," says Martin.

Intarsia isn't a complex technique, but this jacket features a lot of it. The yarn used is Rowan Pima Cotton. When you work intarsia in wool, the stretch in theyarn can compensate for a little unevenness in tension in the knitting, but cotton has recommend you don't try altering the colours used unless you are prepared for the extra time and

This pattern, Charm, is one of SI summery designs for women, men and the home in Rowan Magazine 47. For more details or to find a stockist, visit www.knitrowan.com or call01484 681881.

's best to the specified colours for this knit.

cost of knitting up large swatches to check your substitutions work. With designs using one or two colours it's easy to change shades, but this pattern uses six colours, and changing anyone of them will alter thewhole look of the jacket.

Bloomin' lovely

Because it's such a dramatic piece,you'll want to make your jacket the star piece in your outfit. Don't match it with anything too frilly, and keep patterns on other garments to an absolute minimum. If you're wearing itfora special occasion such as a wedding, a simple shift dress would be perfect. For more casual looks, a pintucked cotton sun dress or similar top with wide-legged trousers would look beautiful.

Frilly Top Sundress

Pattern

Info

Rowan, Pima Cotton DK

Apairof2Xmm needles Apairof 3%mm needles One 28mm button (RW5004from Bedecked)

For where to buy, see page 96

Tension

Yarn used knits as DK to this tension:

24 sts and 32 rows to measure 4x4in (lOxlOcm)over pattern using 3Xmm needles

So you can re-use this pattern, we've colour-coded the sizing instructions. Simply follow our colour-coded measurements and you're off.

SIZING GUIDE

SIZE

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

22

TO FIT BUST

in cm

32 81

34 86

36 91

38 97

40 102

42 107

44 112

46 117

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