Requires around 200 metres of aran weight yarn – I used 3 skeins of Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran Yarn, 2 in the darker colour, but only needed a bit of the second skein, and one in the lighter colour. Should be fine in any aran or worsted weight yarn.
3.25 mm circular needles
4.00 mm circular needles.
Cast on 88 stitches in a stretchy cast on. I used a doubled tail long tailed cast on which gives an ideal edge.
Knit one row.
Work k1, p1 for 12 rows.
Each stripe is worked for ten rows. To produce a ‘jogless’ stripe, slip the first stitch of the new colour. For each stripe, work the following two rows 5 times:
1. knit all stitches
2. k1, p1 to the end.
I worked 5 stripes & then on the sixth stripe work 8 rows in pattern & then on the 9th row work all stitches k2 tog, 10th row knit to end. Knit an extra stipe if more ‘slouch’ is required!
Cut yarn with a long tail, thread onto a needle & run needle through all of the stitches. Pull tight & finish.
*change needles after ribbing. Start with smaller needles & then go to 4.00mm ones (added oct 2011)