Knit a striped cover for your deckchair in soft pastel shades.
c/on(off) cast on (off)
psso pass slipped stitch over
st st stocking stitch
RS right side
WS wrong side
dc double crochet
Finished cover 112 x 44cm
You will need
• 4 x 50g balls of Rowan handknit cotton in Ecru shade no. 251 (A)
• 2 x 50g balls of Rowan handknit cotton in Aqua shade no. 327 (I)
• 1 x 50g ball of Rowan handknit cotton in each of the following colours: Celery shade no. 309 (B); Primrose shade no. 325 (C); Sugar shade no. 303 (D); Linen shade no. 205 (E); Bermuda shade no. 324 (F); Soap shade no. 331 (G); Seafarer shade no. 318 (H); Rose shade no. 332 (J); Nectar shade no. 326 (K)
• 1 pair of 2,25mm knitting needles
• 3mm crochet hook
• 1 piece of cotton backing fabric 50 x 150cm
• matching coloured thread
• 200cm woven cotton tape 1cm wide.
The yarn used for this cover is imported and knits up to thin DK cotton; it is worked on fine needles so the fabric is taut and will not stretch out of shape.
23,5 sts and 36 rows to 10cm over st st using 2,25mm Ns.
Using 2,25mm Ns and yarn A, c/on 96 sts.
Beg with a k row, work in st st for 20 rows.
Work in st st stripe sequence as folls:
1st and 2nd row: work in yarn F.
3rd and 4th row: work in yarn D.
5th and 6th row: work in yarn G.
7th and 8th row: work in yarn D.
9th and 10th row: work in yarn F.
11th and 12th row: work in yarn A.
This forms the first band of stripes. Now work in st st stripes for the main patt of cover.
1st – 12th rows: work in yarn A.
13th and 14th row: work in yarn B.
15th – 18th rows: work in yarn C.
19th and 20th row: work in yarn D.
21st and 22nd row: work in yarn E.
23rd and 24th row: work in yarn D.
25th – 28th rows: work in yarn C.
29th and 30th row: work in yarn B.
31st – 42nd rows: work in yarn A.
43rd and 44th row: work in yarn F.
45th and 46th row: work in yarn D.
47th – 50th rows: work in yarn G.
51st and 52nd row: work in yarn D.
53rd and 54th row: work in yarn F.
55th – 66th rows: work in yarn A.
67th and 68th row: work in yarn H.
69th – 74th rows: work in yarn J.
75th and 76th row: work in yarn K.
77th and 78th row: work in yarn J.
79th – 82nd rows: work in yarn I.
83rd and 84th row: work in yarn H.
85th – 96th rows: work in yarn A.
97th and 98th row: work in yarn F.
99th and 100th row: work in yarn D.
101st – 104th rows: work in yarn G.
105th and 106th row: work in yarn D.
107th and 108th row: work in yarn F.
These 108 rows form the stripe sequence for the main patt. Cont in this stripe sequence until 356 rows have been worked in the main patt (your work should measure 99cm). Change to yarn A and work 12 rows. Work the next 18 rows in stripe patt, starting from the 13th row. Change over to yarn A and work 20 more rows. C/off.
Press the knitted piece as given on the ball band instructions. Darn in all the loose ends. Using a 3mm crochet hook and yarn I, work 4 rows in dc along each long edge.
To make up
Cut a piece of backing fabric the same size as the knitted piece, plus 1,5cm for side seams and 3cm for top and bottom seams. Study the frame of the deckchair and work the cover accordingly. Fold a 1,5cm hem along the side edges of the backing fabric and press. Fold and press a 1,5cm double casing along the top and bottom edges. Hand-stitch the fabric to the knitted piece using a matching coloured sewing thread and working in small, neat catch stitches. Cut the woven tape into two equal lengths and thread it through the top and bottom casings. Tie the tape to the frame of the deckchair to secure the seat. Alternatively, if your deckchair frame has a wooden dowel that can be removed from the frame, make the backing as above but sew a casing to fit the dowel and slide the dowel into the finished casing, then reassemble the frame.