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See diagram M.1 and M.2. Diagram shows the pattern from RS. First row = RS.
GARTER ST (back and forth on needle): K all rows.
DECREASING TIP (applies to neck):
Make all dec from RS inside front band sts in garter st.
Dec as follows after 8 front band sts: slip 1 st as if to K, K1, psso.
Dec as follows before 8 front band sts: K2 tog.
BUTTONHOLES: Make buttonholes on right front band. 1 buttonhole = cast off 4th front band st from mid front and cast on 1 new st on next row.
Make buttonholes when piece measures:
SIZE XS/S: 17, 24 and 31 cm.
SIZE M: 16, 24 and 32 cm.
SIZE L: 17, 25 and 33 cm.
SIZE XL: 16, 25 and 34 cm.
SIZE XXL: 14, 21, 28 and 35 cm.
SIZE XXXL: 13, 21, 28 and 36 cm.
Worked back and forth on circular needle from mid front. Cast on 229-253-265-289-317-341 sts (includes 8 front band sts each side towards mid front) on circular needle size 4 mm with Merino Extra Fine. Work 4 rows GARTER ST - see above, and continue in stocking st with 8 front band sts each side in garter st. When piece measures 4-4-4-4-3-3 cm work next row as follows from RS: 8 garter sts (= front band), 24-24-24-24-23-23 stocking sts, M.1 (= 3 sts), 23-23-23-35-33-45 stocking sts, M.1, 106-130-142-142-176-176 stocking sts, M.1, 23-23-23-35-33-45 stocking sts, M.1, 25-25-25-25-24-24 stocking sts and 8 garter sts (= front band). Repeat the 4 dec in M.1 (= 8 dec sts) in the same place on every 2 cm a total of 7-7-7-7-6-6 times = 173-197-209-233-269-293 sts – NOTE: For every row with dec there will be 1 less stocking st each side of M.1. After the last row with M.1 work next row as follows from RS (piece measures approx 16-16-16-16-13-13 cm): 8 front band sts in garter st, M.2 on the next 156-180-192-216-252-276 sts, 1 stocking st, 8 front band sts in garter st. REMEMBER BUTTONHOLES ON RIGHT FRONT BAND - see above - NOTE: Make sure st marked with arrow in M.2 sits mid over M.1. Work 4-4-4-4-5-5 vertical repeats of M.2. After M.2 continue in stocking st with front bands in garter st as before. Insert a marker 48-53-56-62-71-77 sts in from each side (= 77-91-97-109-127-139 sts between markers on back piece) – let the markers follow the piece as you go along. When piece measures 32-33-34-35-36-37 cm - adjust so that next row is from WS – work 2 rows garter st on the 8 front band sts only (do not work remaining sts) work 1 row stocking st from WS on all sts, and then work 2 rows garter st on the 8 front band sts only the other side. Now continue on all sts again. AT THE SAME TIME on first row from RS dec 1 st for neck each side towards mid front – see DECREASING TIP! Repeat the dec on every other row a total of 13-8-8-7-7-6 times and then on every 4th row a total of 8-11-12-13-14-15 times. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 37-38-39-40-41-42 cm cast off 6 sts each side for armhole (= 3 sts each side of marker) and complete front and back pieces separately.
LEFT FRONT PIECE:
Continue dec for neck. AT THE SAME TIME cast off for armhole at beg of every row from the side: 3 sts 0-0-0-0-1-1 time, 2 sts 0-1-2-3-5-7 times and 1 st 0-3-3-6-5-4 times. When all dec are complete there are 24-26-26-27-29-32 sts left on needle. Cast off when piece measures 56-58-60-62-64-66 cm.
RIGHT FRONT PIECE:
Like left front piece, but mirrored.
= 71-85-91-103-121-133 sts. Cast off for armhole each side as described for front piece = 71-75-77-79-85-91 sts. When piece measures 52-54-56-58-60-62 cm work garter st on the middle 37-37-39-39-41-41 sts (remaining sts in stocking st as before). When piece measures 54-56-58-60-62-64 cm cast off the middle 21-21-23-23-25-25 sts for neck and complete each shoulder separately. Continue in stocking st with 8 garter sts towards neckline. AT THE SAME TIME cast off 1 st on neckline on next row – see DECREASING TIP = 24-26-26-27-29-32 sts. Cast off when piece measures 56-58-60-62-64-66 cm.
Worked back and forth on circular needle. LOOSELY cast on 62-62-62-74-74-74 sts on circular needle size 4 mm with Merino Extra Fine. Work 2 rows garter st and continue in M.2 with 1 edge st each side. After 1 vertical repeat of M.2 complete piece in stocking st. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 6 cm inc 1 st each side, and repeat the inc on every 6.5-4-3-4-2.5-2 cm a total of 5-7-10-7-10-12 times = 72-76-82-88-94-98 sts. When piece measures 35-34-34-33-31-31 cm - NOTE! Less for the larger sizes because of longer sleeve cap and wider shoulder - cast off for sleeve cap each side at the beg of every row: 3 sts 1 time, 2 sts 3-3-4-4-5-5 times and 1 st 2-2-3-4-5-7 times, then 2 sts each side until piece measures 41-41-42-42-42-43 cm, now cast off 3 sts each side 1 time and cast off remaining sts. Piece measures approx 42-42-43-43-43-44 cm.
Sew shoulder seams. Sew sleeve seams inside 1 edge st and set in sleeves. Sew on buttons.
= K from RS, P from WS
= 1 YO between 2 sts
= slip 1 st as if to K, K2 tog, psso