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Gauge: 23 sts x 30 rows on needles size 3.5 mm in stocking sts = 10 x 10 cm.
Garter sts (back and forth on needle): Knit all rows.
Decreasing tips-1 (apply for the cut at the sides):
All decreases are done from the RS!
Dec as follows after the marking thread: K2 tog.
Dec as follows before the marking thread: Slip a st as if to knit, K1, psso.
Decreasing tips-2 (apply for the armholes and the neck): All dec are done from the RS! Dec. inside 3 edge sts at the armhole and inside 12 sts of garter sts for the neck side.
Dec as follows before 3/12 sts: K2 tog.
Dec as follows after 3/12 sts: Slip a st as if to knit, K1, psso.
Increasing tips: Inc as follows: Pick up 1 st from previous row and K it.
Cast on 94-104-114-126-140-154 sts (includes1 edge st each side) on needles size 3.5 mm/US 4 in Alpaca.
K the 1st row from the WS and continue in stocking sts throughout. Insert a marker 24-26-29-32-35-39 sts in from each side (= 46-52-56-62-70-76 sts between the marking threads).
When the piece measures 6-7-8-9-10 cm dec by each marker for the cut at each side.
Dec after the 1st marker and before the 2nd marker – see decreasing tips-1: Dec on every 6th row a total of 5 times = 84-94-104-116-130-144 sts.
When the piece measures 17-18-19-20-21-22 cm inc again by the marker – inc after the 1st marker and before the 2nd marker – see increasing tips.
Inc on every 6th row a total of 5 times = 94-104-114-126-140-154 sts. When the piece measures 34-35-36-37-38-39 cm bind off 4-5-6-8-10-12 sts each side for the armholes.
Continue to dec 1 st each side on every other row – see decreasing tips-2: 5-7-8-10-13-15 times = 76-80-86-90-94-100 sts.
When the piece measures 48-50-52-54-56-58 cm knit 4 rows of garter sts over the centre 52-52-56-56-60-60 sts (continue to knit other sts as before) then bind off the centre 28-28-32-32-36-36 sts for the neck.
Continue to bind off 1 st towards the neck on every other row inside 12 sts of garter sts a total of 2 times – see decreasing tips-2: = 22-24-25-27-27-30 sts left on each shoulder.
Bind off remaining sts when the piece measures 52-54-56-58-60-62 cm.
Left front piece:
Cast on 53-58-63-69-76-83 sts (includes 1 edge st at the side and 12 sts for the centre front band) on needles size 3.5 mm/US 4.
K the 1st row from the WS. Continue in stocking sts but work the 12 band sts in garter sts throughout. Insert a marker 24-26-29-32-35-39 sts in from the side.
When the piece measures 6-7-8-9-10-11 cm dec 1 st before the marker for the cut – see decreasing tips-1: On every 6th row a total of 5 times = 48-53-58-64-71-78 sts.
When the piece measures 17-18-19-20-21-22 cm inc 1 st before the marker – see increasing tips: On every 6th row a total of 5 times = 53-58-63-69-76-83 sts.
Please read all of the following section before continuing!
Neck shaping: When the piece measures 29-30-31-32-33-34 cm dec for the neck shape inside the 12 band sts – see decreasing tips-2: Dec 1 st on every other row a total of 18 times and then on every 4th row a total of 4-4-6-6-8-8 times.
Armhole: At the same time when the piece measures 34-35-36-37-38-39 cm bind off for the armhole as done for the back piece.
When all dec are completed for the neck and armhole = 22-24-25-27-27-30 sts left on the shoulder.
Bind off remaining sts when the piece measures 52-54-56-58-60-62 cm
Right front piece:
Cast on and knit as left front piece but reverse. Note! Dec and inc for the cut after the markers. In addition bind off for 3 button holes at the front band edge.
1 buttonhole= bind of the 5th and 6th st from the edge and cast on 2 new sts at the same place on the returning row. Bind off for button holes when the piece measures:
Size XS: 21, 24 and 27 cm
Size S: 20, 24 and 28 cm
Size M: 21, 25 and 29 cm
Size L: 22, 26 and 30 cm
Size XL: 21, 26 and 31 cm
Size XXL: 22, 27 and 32 cm
Cast 56-58-62-64-68-70 sts (includes 1 edge st each side) on needles size 3.5 mm/US 4.
K 1 row from the WS. Continue in stocking sts.
When the piece measures 10 cm dec 10 sts evenly distributed on row = 46-48-52-54-58-60 sts. Continue to inc 1 st each side on every 8-7-7-6-5-5 row a total of 15-16-16-18-19-20 times =76-80-84-90-96-100 sts.
When the piece measures 50-49-48-47-45-43 cm bind off for sleeve cap each side on every other row: 4 sts 1 time, 3 sts 1 time 2 sts 2 times, 1 st 5-6-8-9-12-15 times, continue to cast off 2 sts each side until the piece measures 57 cm, then cast off 3 sts 1 time each side. Bind off remaining sts when the piece measures approx 58 cm.
Assembly: Sew the shoulder seams, insert the sleeves and sew the sleeve and side seams inside 1 edge st. Sew in the buttons.
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