Knitting tension: 15 sts x 19 rows with 1 thread of each yarn quality on needle size 6mm = 10 x 10 cm
Knitting tips: It is very important to adhere to the knitting tension, both width and length wise as otherwise the circle on front piece will not be of the right shape. If you knit more than 19 rows to reach 10 cm, you may compensate by knitting a couple of rows without increasing in the circle at regular intervals.
Increasing tips: Inc 1 st by picking up st from previous row and knit it.
Left front piece: Read Knitting tips!
Cast on 3 sts on double pointed needle size 6 with 1 thread of each yarn quality (= double thread). NB! As increases are made, it might be a good idea to distribute sts on more needles to ensure the piece doesn’t “pull”.
1st row: Purl
2nd row: (= right side): Knit, at the same time inc 1 st on both sides of the middle st – see Increasing tips = 5 sts
3rd row: Purl
4th row: Knit, at the same time inc 1 st after 1st st, 1 st on both sides of the middle st, and 1 st before the last st = 9 sts
5th row: Purl
6th row: Knit 2, inc 1 st, knit 2, inc 1 st, knit 1, inc 1 st, knit 2, inc 1 st and knit 2 = 13 sts
7th row: Purl
8th row: Insert a marking thread in the 2nd, 5th, 7th (= middle st), 9th and 12th st. Continue inc as before on all rows from the right side, i.e. inc 1 st after the first 2 marking threads and 1 st before the last 2 marking threads. At the same time inc 1 st on the right and left side of the middle st on every other row.
After 34-34-36-38 rows (remember Knitting tips!) there are 97-97-103-109 sts on needle and the piece measures approx 18-18-19-20 cm (= half circle).
Continue in stocking sts over all sts, at the same time casting off loosely towards lower edge on one side and for armhole the other side on every other row as follows:
Size S: Towards lower edge: 10 sts 2 times and 46 sts 1 time.
For armhole: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 1 time and 1 st 2 times.
Size M: Towards lower edge: 7 sts 1 time, 6 sts 1 time, 5 sts 1 time, 4 sts 1 time and 41 sts 1 time.
For armhole: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 2 times and 1 st 2 times.
Size L: Towards lower edge: 7 sts 1 time, 6 sts 1 time, 4 sts 2 times, 3 sts 1 time and 42 sts 1 time.
For armhole: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 3 times and 1 st 2 times.
Size XL/XXL: Towards lower edge: 10 sts 1 time, 8 sts 1 time, 6 sts 1 time, 4 sts 1 time, 3 sts 2 times, 2 sts 2 times and 33 sts 1 time. For armhole: 3 sts 2 times, 2 sts 3times and 1 st 4 times.
After all dec are complete there are 24-25-26-22 sts left.
Now dec to shape the neckline on every 4th row: 1 st 7-7-7-3 times = 17-18-19-19 sts left on shoulder.
Cast off loosely when armhole measures 18-20-21-23 cm.
Right Front: Cast on and knit as left front, but mirrored.
Back piece: Cast on 65-71-78-90 sts (incl 1 seam st each side) on needle size 6 with 1 thread of each yarn quality (= double thread). Knit stocking sts. When piece measures 8 cm dec 1 st each side. Repeat the dec when piece measures 16 cm = 61-67-74-86 sts.
When piece measures 20-21-22-23 cm inc 1 st each side on every 6 cm a total of 3 times = 67-73-80-92 sts.
When piece measures 38-38-40-40 cm dec for armhole each side on every other row as follows: 3 sts 1-1-1-2 times, 2 sts 1-2-3-3 times and 1 st 2-2-2-4 times = 53-55-58-60 sts.
When piece measures 54-56-59-61 cm cast off the middle 17-17-18-20 sts for neck. Dec 1 st at neckline on next row = 17-17-18-19 sts left on each shoulder. Cast off when piece measures 56-58-61-63 cm.
Sleeve: Cast on 36-38-40-42 sts (inclusive of 1 edge st each side) on needle size 6 mm with 1 thread of each yarn quality (= double thread). Knit 2 rows garter st and continue in stocking sts. When sleeve measures 12 cm, inc 1 st each side on every 5.5-4-3.5-2.5 cm a total of 7-9-10-13 times = 50-56-60-68 sts. When piece measures 49-48-47-46 cm cast off for sleeve cap each side on every other row as follows: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 2-3-3-3 times, 1 st 1-1-2-3 times, and then 2 sts each side until piece measures 56-56-56-57 cm, now dec 3 sts each side and cast off when sleeve measures approx 57-57-57-58 cm
Assembly: Sew shoulder seams. Set in sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams within 1 edge st.
Rib: Pick up approx 392 to 420 sts (i.e. approx 18-22 sts per 10 cm – number of sts multiple of 4) along the entire opening, i.e. along right front piece, along neckline at back piece, along left front piece and along lower edge, using circular needle size 5mm and double thread Alpaca (make sure you pick up enough sts round the circle on front piece so that the border won’t pull). Purl 1 row, knit 1 round and continue in Rib K2, P2. Cast off loosely when border measures 3-3-3-4 cm.
Close the jacket with a pin or brooch.