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GARTER ST (in the round on circular needle):
1 ridge = 2 rounds * K 1 round and P 1 round *, repeat from *-*.
GARTER ST (back and forth on needle): K all rows.
See diagram M.1 - M.8.
STRIPES IN RIDGES:
(1 repetition of M.2 vertically = 1 ridge (2 rounds in garter st))
3 ridges in light blue
2 ridges in ice blue
2 ridges in light blue purple
4 ridges in off white
STRIPES IN STOCKING ST:
3 rounds in lilac
2 rounds in light blue purple
3 rounds in off white
3 rounds in ice blue
3 rounds in light blue
2 rounds in off white
3 rounds in lilac
5 rounds in light blue
3 rounds in ice blue
3 rounds in light blue purple
5 rounds in off white
Repeat stripe repetition until anything else is stated.
Cast off for button holes on right button band. 1 button hole = K tog 2nd and 3rd st from RS, then make 1 YO.
Worked in the round on circular needle.
Cast on 224-240-256-288-320-352 sts on circular needle size 4 mm with light blue.
Work M.1 over all sts - see PATTERN (= 14-15-16-18-20-22 repetitions).
When M.1 has been worked 1 time vertically, there are 196-210-224-252-280-308 sts on needle. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION! Continue with M.2 over M.1 AT THE SAME TIME work STRIPES IN RIDGES - see explanation above! Continue with M.3 over all sts AT THE SAME TIME work STRIPES IN STOCKING ST - see explanation above!
When piece measures 18 cm (finish after one whole repetition of M.3 vertically), work M.4 over M.3. When M.4 has been worked 1 time vertically, there are 168-180-192-216-240-264 sts on needle.
Continue with M.5 over M.4. When piece measures 23 cm, work as follows in the different sizes (start of round = mid back):
SIZE S-L: Continue with M.5 over the first 4-4-4 repetitions as before, work M.6 over the next 6-7-8 repetitions, continue with M.5 over the remaining 4-4-4 repetitions as before (= 2 rounds) = 180-194-208 sts. Work M.3 over M.6, work the remaining repetitions in M.5 as before (= 2 rounds). Then continue to repeat the last 2 rounds of the pattern.
SIZE XL-XXXL: Work M.6 over M.5. When M.6 has been worked 1 time vertically (= 2 rounds), there are 252-280-308 sts on needle. Then work M.3 over M.6 (= 2 rounds). Then continue to repeat the last 2 rounds of the pattern.
When piece measures 35-36-37-38-39-40 cm, finish stripe pattern and zigzag pattern (after one whole repetition vertically). Switch to circular needle size 2.5 mm and off white. Then work as follows from start of round (= mid back): M.7 over all M.3 and M.8 over all M.5 = 152-164-176-216-240-264 sts. Work next round as follows: K 3 sts, turn and K 1 row from WS until the 3 sts mid back, then cast on 6 new sts at the end of row mid back for right button band = 158-170-182-222-246-270 sts. Continue in GARTER ST back and forth over all sts on the needle - see explanation above! When section in garter st measures 2 cm, cast off for first BUTTON HOLE - see explanation above! Repeat cast off for button hole when section in garter st measures 5 cm vertically. When section in garter st measures 7 cm vertically (the whole top now measures 42-43-44-45-46-47 cm), work next row from RS as follows:
Cast off the first 24-25-26-27-28-29 sts on the needle.
Then work half a shoulder strap back and forth over the next sts as follows: K 12-13-14-15-16-17 sts, turn and K back over the 12-13-14-15-16-17 sts, continue to K back and forth over these sts. AT THE SAME TIME when 4 rows in garter st (2 ridges) have been worked vertically, inc 1 st for wing sleeve by knitting 2 sts in last st from RS. Repeat inc every 8th row a total of 9-9-9-10-10-10 times = 21-22-23-25-26-27 sts. Cast off with K when strap measures 16-17-18-19-20-21 cm.
Cast off the next 10-12-14-30-38-46 sts on the top (first armhole). Work half a shoulder strap over the next 12-13-14-15-16-17 sts, while AT THE SAME TIME inc for wing sleeve by knitting 2 sts in last st from WS. Cast off when strap measures 16-17-18-19-20-21 cm. Cast off the next 42-44-46-48-50-52 sts mid front of the top. Work half a shoulder strap over the next 12-13-14-15-16-17 sts (inc towards the side by knitting 2 sts in last st from RS). Cast off when strap measures 16-17-18-19-20-21 cm. Cast off the next 10-12-14-30-38-46 sts on the top (2nd armhole). Work half a shoulder strap over the next 12-13-14-15-16-17 sts (inc towards the side by knitting 2 sts in last st from WS). Cast off when strap measures 16-17-18-19-20-21 cm. Cast off the remaining 24-25-26-27-28-29 sts. Now piece measures approx. 58-60-62-64-66-68 cm.
Sew the shoulder seams. Sew cast on edge on right button band in front of the bottom of left button band with some stitches. Sew the buttons on to the left button band.
= 1 YO between 2 sts, on next row
K YOs twisted i.e. work in the back loop of st instead of front to avoid holes
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 2 tog, psso
= K 2 tog
= slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso