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Knitting tension: 24 sts x 48 rows on needle size 3 mm with Alpaca in garter sts = 10 x 10 cm.
Garter sts back and forth: Knit on all rows
Button holes: Cast off for button holes on the right front piece. 1 button hole = cast off the 3rd and the 4th st from mid front. On the next row cast on 2 new sts at the same place where you cast off.
Cast off for button holes when the piece measures:
Size 5/6: 5 and 11 cm
Size 7/8: 6 and 12 cm
Size 9/10: 6 and 13 cm
Size 11/12: 6 and 14 cm
Size 13/14: 7 and 15 cm
Back piece: Knit back and forth on circular needles. Cast on 84-88-93-98-103 sts (incl. 1 edge st each side) on circular needles size 3 mm with Alpaca. Knit in garter sts. When the piece measures 14-15-16-17-18 cm cast on loosely new sts each side for the sleeves on every other row (i.e. at the end of each row): 3 sts 4 times, 4 sts 3-3-4-4-4 times, 6 sts 4-4-5-5-6 times and 7 sts 0-1-1-2-2 times = 180-198-223-242-259 sts. When the piece measures 25-27-29-31-33 cm cast off the mid 24-24-29-30-31 sts for the neck. Continue to cast off 1 st on the next row towards the neck = 77-86-96-105-113 sts left for each shoulder/sleeve. Cast off when the piece measures 27-29-31-33-35 cm.
Right front: Cast on 17-19-22-24-27 sts (incl of 1 edge st at the side) on needle size 3mm with Alpaca. Knit in garter sts – at the same time cast on new sts at the mid front on every other row as follows: 3 sts 10-9-8-7-6 times and then on every 4th row 0-1-2-3-4 times = 47-49-52-54-57 sts. Cast off for button holes – read explanation above. Knit until the work measures 13-14-15-16-17 cm and then cast off for the V- neck towards the mid front on every cm as follows: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 3-3-4-4-4 times and 1 st 9-9-10-10-11 times. At the same time when the piece measures 14-15-16-17-18 cm cast on for the sleeves as done for the back piece. After all inc. and dec. for neck and sleeve there are 77-86-96-105-113 sts left for sleeve/ shoulder. Cast off when the work measures 27-29-31-33-35 cm.
Left front piece: Knit as right but reverse.
Assembly: Sew the shoulder and sleeve seam loosely tog. Sew the side and the seam underneath the sleeve loosely tog. Sew the buttons on.
Crochet edge: Crochet with hook size 5 mm and Silke Alpaca an edge around all of the jacket (i.e. down along the left front, round the back and front pieces, up along the right front and round the neck line) as follows: 1 dc in the first st, *1 picot (= 3 ch, 1 htr in the first of the 3 ch), skip approx 1 cm, 1 dc in the next st, 3 ch, skip approx. 2 cm and 1 dc in the next st*, repeat from *-* and finish with a sl st in the first dc.
Now crochet an edge around both sleeves as follows: 1 dc in the first st *4 ch, skip approx ½ cm, 1 dc* repeat from *-* and finish with 1 sl st in the first dc.