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Knitting gauge: 17 sts x 22 rows stockinette sts = 10 x 10 cm [4 x 4]
Garter st: Knit all rows.
Decreasing tip: Dec for neck within front edge and 6 sts (3 K/ 3 P).
Dec as follows before front edge + 6 sts: K2 tog
Dec as follows after front edge + 6 sts: Slip 1 sts as if to knit, K1, psso.
Buttonholes: Bind off for buttonhole on right front band. 1 buttonhole = bind off 4th-4th-4th-5th-5th-5th front band sts from edge and cast on 1 new sts over the bound off sts on next row.
Bind off for buttonhole when piece measures:
Size S: 4, 11, 18, 25 and 32 cm [1½-4 3/8-7-9 Ύ and 12½].
Size M: 5, 12, 19, 26 and 33 cm [2-4 Ύ-7½-10 Ό and 13].
Size L: 6, 13, 20, 27 and 34 cm [2 3/8-5 1/8-8-10 5/8 and 13 3/8].
Size XL+XXL+XXXL: 7, 14, 21, 28 and 35 cm [2 Ύ-5½-8 Ό-11 and 13 Ύ].
NOTE: bind off for last buttonhole after inc for collar / dec for neck.
Back piece: Cast on 77-89-95-101-113-125 sts (includes 1 edge sts on each side) on needles size 4.5 mm [US 7] with Silke-Alpaca. P1 row from WS. Continue in Rib as follows (= from RS): 1 edge st, * K3, P3 * repeat from *-* and finish off with 3 K and 1 edge st. When piece measures approx 3-3-3-4-4-4 cm [1 1/8-1 1/8-1 1/8-1½-1½-1½] continue in stockinette sts until complete measurement. Remember knitting gauge! At the same time on 1st row stockinette sts dec 7-11-11-9-11-13 sts evenly = 70-78-84-92-102-112 sts. When piece measures 6-6-6-8-8-8 cm [2 3/8-2 3/8-2 3/8-3 1/8-3 1/8-3 1/8] bind off 1 st on each side every 4 cm [1½] 3-3-3-2-2-2 times in total = 64-72-78-88-98-108 sts. Continue until piece measures 20 cm . Now inc 1 sts on each side on every 5 -6 -7 -12 -13 -14 cm [2-2 3/8-2 Ύ-4 Ύ-5 1/8-5½] 3-3-3-2-2-2 times in total = 70-78-84-92-102-112 sts. When piece measures 39-40-41-42-43-44 cm [15 Ό-15 Ύ-16 1/8-16½-17-17 Ό] bind off 3 sts on each side for armhole. Then bind off to shape armhole on every other row as follows: 3 sts 0-0-0-0-1-1 times, 2 sts 0-1-2-4-4-6 times and 1 sts 1-2-2-1-2-2 times = 62-64-66-68-70-72 sts. When piece measures 56-58-60-62-64-66 cm [22-22 Ύ-23 5/8-24 3/8-25 Ό-26] bind off middle 22-22-24-24-26-26 sts for neckline. Continuing bind off 1 sts off on each side at neckline= 19-20-20-21-21-22 sts on each shoulder. Knit until piece measures 58-60-62-64-66-68 cm [22 Ύ-23 5/8-24 3/8-25 Ό-26-26 3/4]. Bind off loosely.
Left front piece: Cast on 49-55-55-63-69-75 sts (includes 1 edge st on side and 6-6-6-8-8-8 edge sts mid front) on needle size 4.5 mm [US 7] with Silke-Alpaca. P1 row from WS. Continue in Rib as follows (= from RS): 1 edge sts, * P3, K3 *, repeat from *-* and finish with 6-6-6-8-8-8 front edge sts in garter sts see explanation above until completed measurement. When piece measures approx 3-3-3-4-4-4 cm [1 1/8-1 1/8-1 1/8-1½-1½-1½] continue in stockinette sts until complete measurement. But front edge and 6 sts before front edge (= 3 K and 3 P) continues as earlier to complete measurement. At the same time dec 5-7-5-7-7-9 sts on first row evenly = 44-48-50-56-62-66 sts (not in the 12-12-12-14-14-14 sts towards mid front). When piece measures 6-6-6-8-8-8 cm [2 3/8-2 3/8-2 3/8-3 1/8-3 1/8-3 1/8] bind off on side like back piece = 41-45-47-54-60-64 sts.
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When piece measures 20 cm  inc in side like back piece. At the same time when piece measures 27-28-29-30-30-30 cm [10 5/8-11-11 3/8-11 Ύ-11 Ύ-11 Ύ] inc 1 st within 6-6-6-8-8-8 front edge sts for collar on every other row 24-24-26-26-28-28 times in total. Continuing, knit new sts in garter st like front band. At the same time when piece measures 29-30-31-32-32-32 cm [11 3/8-11 Ύ-12 Ό-12½-12½-12½] dec 1 st for neck read Decreasing tip within front edge and 6 sts (3 K and 3 P) towards mid front: On every other row 17-15-14-15-17-14 times and on every 4th row 4-6-7-8-8-10 times. At the same time when piece measures 39-40-41-42-43-44 cm [15 Ό-15 Ύ-16 1/8-16½-17-17 Ό] bind off for armhole like back piece. When decreases/increases are completed there are 43-44-46-47-49-50 sts on row. Continue until piece measures 58-60-62-64-66-68 cm [22 Ύ-23 5/8-24 3/8-25 Ό-26-26 3/4]. Now bind off outermost 19-20-20-21-21-22 sts for shoulder = 24-24-26-26-28-28 sts left on needle for collar. Insert 1 marking thread or stitch marker. Continue knitting garter sts on collar as follows: * 2 rows garter sts over all sts, 2 rows garter sts over outermost 14 sts towards mid front *, repeat from *-* for collar measures approx 7-7-7.5-7.5-8-8 cm [2 Ύ-2 Ύ-2 7/8-2 7/8-3 1/8-3 1/8] from marking thread or stitch marker on shortest side. Bind off loosely.
Right front piece: Knit like left but reversed. Additionally, bind off for buttonholes see explanation above.
Sleeve: Cast on 51-51-58-58-58-58 sts (includes 1 edge st on each side) on needles size 4.5 mm [US 7] with Silke-Alpaca. Knit 1 row garter st from WS. Now knit Rib 3 K/ 4 P with 1 edge st on each side. Knit 2 rows Rib then dec 1 st in each P part = 44-44-50-50-50-50 sts. And continue knitting Rib K3/ P3 with P 1 edge sts on each side. When piece measures 13-13-13-13-15-15 cm [5 1/8-5 1/8-5 1/8-5 1/8-6-6] knit 3 cm [1 1/8] garter sts see explanation above. Continue with stockinette sts until piece is completed. At the same time when piece measures 19-19-19-19-21-21 cm [7½-7½-7½-7½-8 Ό-8 Ό] inc 1 st on each side on every 4.5 -3 -3.5 - 3 -2 -1.5 cm [1 Ύ-1 1/8-1 Ό-1 1/8-3/4-½] 7-10-8-10-12-14 times in total = -58-64-66-70-74-78 sts. When piece measures 49-49-49-49-47-46 cm [19 Ό-19 Ό-19 Ό-19 Ό-18½-18] bind off 3 sts on each side to shape sleeve cap. Continuing bind off on every other row as follows: 2 sts 3-4-4-5-4-3 times and 1 sts 1-1-0-0-3-6 times. Continuing, bind off 2 sts on each side until piece measures 56-57-57-58-58-59 cm [22-22½-22½-22 Ύ-22 Ύ-23 Ό]. Now bind off 3 sts on each side. Piece measures approx 57-58-58-59-59-60 cm [22½-22 Ύ-22 Ύ-23 Ό -23 Ό-23 5/8]. Bind off remaining sts.
Assembly: Sew shoulder seams. Because front edge on front piece continues all the way up to shoulder, front and back pieces will not be the same in structure when sewing tog shoulder seams. Sew in sleeves. Sew sleeve and side seams in one within 1 edge st. Sew collar tog neck back and sew back and front piece.
Sew in buttons. Sew 20 mm diameter buttons on left front band so they fit buttonholes. Sew in decorative buttons in between buttonholes on right front band.
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