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GARTER ST (back and forth on needle): K all rows.
GARTER ST (in the round on circular needle):
1 ridge = 2 rounds: * K 1 round and P 1 round *, repeat from *-*.
To make the yoke wider at the bottom, work more rows over the bottom sts than the upper sts. This is done as follows:
* Work 2 rows over all sts, work until 2nd marker, turn, tighten thread and work back, work until 1st marker, turn, tighten thread and work back, work 2 rows over all sts, work until 2nd marker, turn, tighten thread and work back, work 2 rows over all sts, work until 1st marker, turn, tighten thread and work back *, repeat from *-*, i.e. 1 repetition = 6 rows at the top and 14 rows at the bottom.
See diagram M.1. Diagram shows 1 repetition of pattern in breadth (= 24 sts), the diagram shows pattern from RS.
Measure when piece is flat, it is important not to stretch the piece when measuring.
Work until 2 sts remain before marker, K 2 tog, slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso.
Work until 1 st remains before marker, make 1 YO, work 2 sts (marker is between these 2 sts), make 1 more YO. On next round K YOs twisted (i.e. work in back loop of st instead of front) to avoid holes .
Worked back and forth on circular needle, worked sideways from mid back.
LOOSELY cast on 32-32-36-36-40-40 sts on circular needle size 5 mm with 1 thread Delight and 1 thread Kid-Silk. K 2 rows over all sts (1st row beg from bottom edge from RS).
Work next row as follows (from RS): K 10-10-13-13-16-16, K 2 tog, 1 YO, K 1, K 2 sts in each of the next 4 sts (= K 8), K 2, K 2 in each of the next 4 sts (= K 8), K 1, 1 YO, slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso, K 6-6-7-7-8-8 = 40-40-44-44-48-48 sts.
Work next row as follows (from WS): K 6-6-7-7-8-8, P 2, K 1, P 8, K 2, P 8, K 1, P 2 and K 10-10-13-13-16-16.
Insert 2 markers in the piece as follows (from RS): 1st marker after 13-13-16-16-19-19 sts and 2nd marker after a total of 31-31-34-34-37-37 sts = 9-9-10-10-11-11 sts remain at the top after 2nd marker. Then work SHORT ROWS – see explanation above and PATTERN as follows: 10-10-13-13-16-16 sts in GARTER ST – see explanation above, diagram M.1 over the next 24 sts and 6-6-7-7-8-8 sts in garter st.
Work until piece measures approx. 112-120-128-140-152-164 cm at bottom edge – SEE MEASURING TIP – finish after 2 rows have been worked on all sts. Work next row as follows (from RS): K 13-13-16-16-19-19, K the next 8 sts tog 2 by 2, K 2, K the next 8 sts tog 2 by 2, K 9-9-10-10-11-11 = 32-32-36-36-40-40 sts. K 1 row over all sts, then cast off all sts with K from RS. Piece measures approx. 114-122-130-142-154-166 cm at bottom edge.
Remove the markers in the piece and insert 4 new markers as follows: Place piece flat on a table and measure along the longest side. First find centre of piece – measure 18-20-21½-24-26½-29½ cm from centre out to each side – insert a marker in each side (i.e. there are 36-40-43-48-53-59 cm between markers on front piece), then measure 18-20-21½-24-26½-29½ cm in from cast off edge and cast on edge (= back piece) – insert markers here. There are now approx. 21-21-22-23-24-24 cm in each side between markers on front and back piece (= armholes).
Sew yoke tog, sew edge to edge mid back to avoid a chunky seam.
Worked in the round on circular needle.
Knit up sts along bottom edge of yoke with 1 thread Delight and 1 thread Kid-Silk on circular needle size 5 mm – start round at marker in transition between left sleeve and back piece. Knit up 1 st in front loop of st in every ridge (1 ridge = 2 rows in garter st) between markers on back piece (approx. 60 to 98 sts), cast on 6-6-8-8-10-10 new sts (= under sleeve), skip to first marker on front piece and knit up 1 st in front loop of sts in every ridge on front piece (= approx. 60 to 98 sts), cast on 6-6-8-8-10-10 new sts (= under the other sleeve).
NOW MEASURE PIECE FROM HERE!
P 1 round while at the same time adjusting the no of sts to 136-148-162-180-200-220.
Remove markers and insert 4 new markers as follows: K 14-15-16-18-20-22 sts, insert a marker, K 34-38-41-46-50-56 sts, insert a marker (these 2 markers marks where waistline should be worked on back piece), K 34-36-40-44-50-54 sts, insert a marker, K 34-38-41-46-50-56 sts, insert a marker (these 2 markers marks where waistline should be worked on front piece), K rest of round (= 20-21-24-26-30-32 sts). On next round, P 10-10-12-12-14-14 sts under each sleeve, K the remaining sts. Continue in stocking st over all sts. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When piece measures 10 cm, dec 1 st on each side of the 4 markers - READ DECREASE TIP! Repeat dec when piece measures 15 cm = 120-132-146-164-184-204 sts.
When piece measures 20-21-21-22-22-23 cm, inc 1 st on each side of the 4 markers – see INCREASE TIP. Repeat inc every 8 rounds a total of 9 times = 192-204-218-236-256-276 sts. When piece measures 63-65-65-67-67-69 cm, K 1 round while at the same time dec 12 sts evenly. Then work 4 cm in garter st. LOOSELY cast off.
CROCHET LACE EDGE:
Crochet an edge in bottom st in garter st along yoke (i.e. in same st that was knit up on body). Hold piece with neck opening towards you, work with 1 thread Kid-Silk on hook size 3.5 mm as follows – start mid back as follows:
ROUND 1: 1 dc in first ridge (1 ridge = 2 rounds in garter st), * 3 ch, 1 dc in next ridge *, repeat from *-* the entire round, finish with 3 ch and 1 sl st in first dc on round (adjust so that there is an even number of ch-loops).
ROUND 2: 2 ch, 1 dc in first ch-loop, * 5 ch, 1 dc in next ch-loop, 1 ch, 1 dc in next ch-loop *, repeat from *-*, finish with 1 sl st (instead of 1 dc) in first dc on round.
ROUND 3: Work as follows in each of the large ch-loops (= 5 ch): 1 dc, 5 tr, 1 dc and work 1 dc in each of the small ch-loops (= 1 ch), finish with 1 sl st at beg of round, cut and fasten the thread.
Steam the lace edge well to make it fold nicely downwards.
= K from RS, P from WS
= K from WS
= slip 4 sts on cable needle behind piece, K 4,
K 4 from cable needle
= slip 4 sts on cable needle in front of piece, K 4,
K 4 from cable needle
= K 2 tog, 1 YO
= 1 YO, slip 1 st as if to
K, K 1,