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GARTER ST (back and forth on needle): K all rows.
Dec as follows before marker: K2 tog.
Dec as follows after marker: slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso.
INCREASING TIP: Inc 1 st by working 2 sts in 1 st.
CROCHET TIP: Replace first tr on round with 3 ch and finish each round with 1 sl st in first st.
DRESS: Worked in the round on circular needle from the bottom up. The squares are crochet and sewn on afterwards.
Cast on 216-216-252-252-288-288 sts on circular needle size 4.5 mm with beige.
P 1 round, K 1 round, P 1 round. Change to pink, K 1 round and P 1 round. Change to coral, K 1 round and work next round as follows: * K2 tog, 1 YO *, repeat from *-*. Change to pink, K 1 round and P 1 round. Change to beige, K 1 round, P 1 round, 5 cm stocking st and P 1 round. Change to coral, K 1 round and P 1 round. Change to yellow, K 1 round and work next round as follows: * K2 tog, 1 YO *, repeat from *-*. Change to coral, K 1 round and P 1 round. Change to beige, K 1 round, P 1 round and K 1 round, AT THE SAME TIME dec 16-4-20-4-20-0 sts evenly = 200-212-232-248-268-288 sts. Now continue in stocking st. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When piece measures 18 cm insert 6 markers in piece as follows: Work 32-34-38-40-43-46 sts, Marker-1, work 36-38-40-44-48-52 sts, Marker-2, work 32-34-38-40-43-46 m, Marker-3 (the side), work 32-34-38-40-43-46 sts, Marker-4, work 36-38-40-44-48-52 sts, Marker-5, work 32-34-38-40-43-46 sts, Marker-6 (the side).
On next round dec 1 st on each side of Marker -3 and Marker-6 (i.e. at the sides) –
SEE DECREASING TIP. Repeat the dec on every 6th round a total of 9 times.
AT THE SAME TIME when doing the 5th-5th-5th-6th-6th-6th dec, also dec 1 st on each side of the other markers as follows: AFTER Marker-1 and Marker-4 and BEFORE Marker-2 and Marker-5 – SEE DECREASING TIP. Repeat these dec on every 6th round (i.e. on the same rounds as dec at the sides) a total of 5-5-5-4-4-4 times.
When all dec are complete there are 144-156-176-196-216-236 sts on round. Now remove Maker-1, -2, -4 and -5.
READ ALL OF THE FOLLOWING SECTION BEFORE CONTINUING!
Continue in stocking st, AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 40-41-42-43-44-45 cm inc 1 st on each side of markers at the sides - SEE INCREASING TIP! Repeat the inc on every 3rd round a total of 6 times = 168-180-200-220-240-260 sts.
AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 45-46-47-48-49-50 cm P 1 round, K 1 round and P 1 round. Change to pink, K 1 round and P 1 round. Change to coral, K 1 round and work next round as follows: * K2 tog, 1 YO *, repeat from *-*. Change to pink, K 1 round and P 1 round. Change to beige, K 1 round and P 1 round. On next round cast off the middle 36 sts (for crochet squares) = 132-144-164-184-204-224 sts. Continue back and forth on needle in stocking st with 3 garter sts – see above - each side towards mid front.
ARMHOLE: When piece measures 60-61-62-63-64-65 cm work 4 rows garter st on 10-10-12-14-16-18 sts each side (i.e. 5-5-6-7-8-9 sts on each side of both markers), work remaining sts as before. Now cast off the middle 4-4-6-8-10-12 of these sts for armhole each side and complete each piece separately.
LEFT FRONT PIECE: = 22-25-29-33-37-41 sts. Continue in stocking st with 3 garter sts each side, AT THE SAME TIME after 3 cm inc for wide shoulder as follows: 1 st on the inside of 3 garter sts – SEE INCREASING TIP – work the inc st in stocking st. Repeat the inc on every 4-4-6-6-6-6 row a total of 6-5-3-3-3-3 times = 28-30-32-36-40-44 sts. When piece measures 75-77-79-81-83-85 cm cast off to shape the shoulder at the beg of every row towards neckline: 7-7-8-9-10-11 sts 3 times, then the remaining 7-9-8-9-10-11 sts. Piece now measures approx 78-80-82-84-86-88 cm where longest.
RIGHT FRONT PIECE: = 22-25-29-33-37-41 sts. Like left front piece, but mirrored.
BACK PIECE = 80-86-94-102-110-118 sts. Inc for wide shoulder each side as described for front piece = 92-96-100-108-116-124 sts. When piece measures 73-75-77-79-81-83 cm work 4 rows garter st on 42 sts mid back (work remaining sts as before) and on next row cast of the middle 36 sts for neck and complete each shoulder separately. When piece measures 75-77-79-81-83-85 cm cast off to shape the shoulder as described for front piece. Piece now measures approx 78-80-82-84-86-88 cm where longest.
ASSEMBLY: Sew shoulder seams.
Crochet the squares in 2 colour combinations:
SQUARE-A: Cast on work round 1 and 2 in coral. Round 3 = yellow. Round 4, 5 and 6 = pink
SQUARE-B: Cast on and work round 1 and 2 in yellow. Round 3 = pink. Round 4, 5 and 6 = coral.
BOBBLE: 3 tr crochet tog, i.e. wait with the last pull through in each tr until all 3 tr are crochet, yarn over hook and pull through all 4 loops on hook.
Work 4 ch with crochet hook size 4 mm and form a ring with a sl st in first ch.
ROUND 1: 6 dc in ring – SEE CROCHET TIP!
ROUND 2: 2 dc in each dc = 12 dc.
ROUND 3: 2 tr in each dc = 24 tr.
ROUND 4: * 1 dc in tr, 3 ch, skip 1 tr *, repeat from *-* = 12 ch-loops
ROUND 5: Crochet as follows in the first ch-loop [-]: * [1 bobble - see above, 2 ch, 1 bobble, 4 ch (= corner), 1 bobble, 2 ch, 1 bobble], then continue with 3 ch, 1 htr in dc between the next 2 ch-loops, 3 ch, in next ch-loop crochet as in first ch-loop [-] *.
Repeat from *-* a total of 4 times, but the last time finish after 3 ch with 1 sl st at the top of the first bobble.
ROUND 6: * 2 dc in the first 2-ch-loop, 6 dc in next 4-ch-loop (= corner), 2 dc in next 2-ch-loop, 3 dc in next 3-ch-loop, 3 dc in next 3-ch-loop *, repeat from *-*.
Square now measures approx 9 x 9 cm.
Crochet 8-8-9-9-10-10 squares in each colour combination = a total of 16-16-18-18-20-20 squares. Sew 12-12-14-14-16-16 squares tog to a long row, edge to edge to make a neat seam – alternate the colour combinations – and sew tog to form a ring. Sew the row of squares to dress along bottom edge.
Sew the last 4 squares tog so that the colour combinations sit vertically opposite each other, but leave an opening between the 2 top squares ( = split for neck). Now sew the squares to neckline, edge to edge to make a neat seam.
PICOT BORDER: Crochet a picot border along bottom edge of dress with crochet hook size 4 mm and beige as follows: * 1 dc, 3 ch, 1 dc in first ch (= 1 picot), skip 1 dc *, repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in first dc.
Crochet a similar border round armholes with pink.
Crochet a picot border round neckline with pink as follows: Beg mid front on the left side of split with 1 dc and now crochet 25 cm LOOSE ch, turn and work 1 sl st in each ch (= tie string). Work a picot border as described above round neckline and finish with 1 tie string as described for the other side.