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Row 1: * K1, P1 *, repeat from *-*.
Row 2: K over P and P over K. Repeat Row 2.
Flower bud pattern: See diagrams M.1 and M.2 – pattern in diagrams is seen from RS.
Buttonhole: Cast off for buttonholes on right front band. 1 buttonhole = cast off 3rd and 4th sts from mid front and cast on 2 new sts on return row.
Cast off for buttonhole when piece measures:
Size S: 9, 17, 25, 33 and 41 cm.
Size M: 9, 18, 26, 34 and 43 cm.
Size L: 9, 18, 27, 36 and 45 cm.
Size XL: 9, 17, 25, 32, 40 and 47 cm.
Size XXL: 9, 17, 25, 33, 41 and 49 cm.
Size XXXL: 11, 19, 27, 35, 43 and 51 cm.
Body: Worked back and forth on circular needle from mid front. Cast on 209-225-257-273-305-321 sts (includes 7 front band sts each side towards mid front) on circular needle size 3.5 mm with Silke-Tweed.
Work 5 rounds moss sts – see explanation above. Work 2 rounds stocking sts with front bands in moss st until completed measurement.
Continue in M.1 as follows: 7 front band sts in moss sts, M.1A (= 12 sts), M.1B on 168-184-216-232-264-280 sts, M.1C (= 15 sts) and 7 front band sts in moss sts.
After 1 vertical repeat of M.1 complete piece in M.2.
Remember buttonholes on right front band – see explanation above.
When piece measures 31-32-33-34-35-36 cm work next row as follows: 52-56-64-68-76-80 sts (= right front piece), cast off 8 sts for armhole, 89-97-113-121-137-145 sts (= back piece), cast off 8 sts for armhole, 52-56-64-68-76-80 sts (= left front piece). Now complete each piece separately.
Back piece: = 89-97-113-121-137-145 sts. Continue pattern at the same time cast off for armhole each side on every other row: 3 sts 0-1-1-2-3-3 times, 2 sts 1-1-3-3-4-5 time and 1 st 1-1-3-2-3-4 times = 83-85-89-93-97-99 sts – work sts not fitting into pattern each side in stocking st. At the same time when piece measures 48-50-52-54-56-58 cm cast off the middle 39-39-39-41-41-41 sts for neck and cast off 1 st on neckline on next row = 21-22-24-25-27-28 sts left on each shoulder. Cast off when piece measures approx 50-52-54-56-58-60 cm – adjust to one whole flower bud.
Right front piece: = 52-56-64-68-76-80 sts. Continue pattern and cast off for armhole at side as described for back piece = 49-50-52-54-56-57 sts. When piece measures 42-44-46-48-50-52 cm slip outermost 17-17-17-18-18-18 sts towards mid front on a thread or stitch holder for neck. Dec to shape neckline on every other row: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 2 times and 1 st 4 times = 21-22-24-25-27-28 sts left on shoulder. Cast off when piece measures the same as back piece.
Left front piece: Like right piece but reversed.
Sleeve: Work bottom edge of sleeve back and forth on small circular needle, and continue in the round.
Cast on 56-58-60-62-64-66 sts on small circular needle size 3.5 mm with Silke-Tweed. Work 5 cm moss stitch back and forth on needle. Now work 1 row stocking st at the same time working 2 sts in all sts = 112-116-120-124-128-132 sts. Continue in stocking st in the round. When piece measures 8-8-8-7-7-7 cm dec 2 sts mid under arm on every 4-4-4-5-5-5 round a total of 17-17-16-15-15-15 times = 78-82-88-94-98-102 sts. When piece measures 33 cm (for all sizes) cast off 8 sts mid under arm and complete piece back and forth on needle. Dec to shape the sleeve cap each side on every other row: 2 sts 3 times and 1 st 4-6-7-9-12-13 times, then dec 2 sts each side until piece measures 40-41-42-43-45-46 cm, now cast off 3 sts 1 time each side before casting off remaining sts.
Assembly: Sew shoulder seams.
Neckline: Pick up approx 110 to 120 sts (including sts from thread or stitch holder at front) round neckline on circular needle size 3.5 mm. Knit 6 rows moss st back and forth on needle. Cast off in moss st. Sew edge tog at bottom of each sleeve – sew in outermost loop of outermost sts. Set in sleeves and sew on buttons.
= K from RS, P from WS
= K2 tog, 1 YO
= 1 YO, slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso
= 1 YO, slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso, 1 YO
= 1 Bobble. Work 5 sts in same st alternating knitting into back and into front of st. Slip sts back on left needle (keep thread to back of piece), K5 sts, pass 1st st over 2nd st, 2nd st over 3rd st and so on until 1 st remains, continue as before.