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See diagrams M.1, M.2 and M.3 - all diagrams are worked in stocking st.
Dec for raglan on each side of the 4 markers.
Dec as follows from RS: Work until 3 sts remain before marker, K 2 tog, K 2 (marker is between these 2 sts), K 2 twisted tog (i.e. work in back loop of st instead of front to avoid holes).
Dec as follows from WS: Work until 3 sts remain before marker, P 2 twisted tog (i.e. work in back loop of sts instead of front), P 2 (marker is between these 2 sts), P 2 tog.
Worked back and forth on circular needle from mid front.
Cast on 220-240-260-280-308-340 sts on circular needle size 3 mm with black. Work rib as follows (seen from RS): 1 edge st which is worked K on all rows, * K 2, P 2 *, repeat from *-* and finish with K 2 and 1 edge st which is worked K on all rows. Continue rib like this for approx. 5 cm (adjust so that next row is from RS). Switch to circular needle size 4 mm. K 1 row while at the same time dec 33-35-37-39-43-51 sts evenly (K approx. every 6th and 7th st tog) = 187-205-223-241-265-289 sts. Continue with diagram M.1 (2nd row = WS) and 1 edge st in each side as before. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION!
When piece measures approx. 36-37-38-39-40-41 cm (adjust after 1 whole repetition of diagram M.1), work diagram M.2 one time vertically – AT THE SAME TIME on last row in diagram M.2 (= RS), cast off for armholes. This is done as follows: Work 43-47-52-56-62-69 sts, cast off 8 sts for armhole, work 85-95-103-113-125-135 sts, cast off 8 sts for armhole, work the rest of row (= 43-47-52-56-62-69 sts). Piece measures approx. 43-44-45-46-47-48 cm. Put piece aside and work the sleeves.
Worked in the round on double pointed needles.
Cast on 56-56-60-64-64-68 sts on double pointed needles size 3 mm with black. Work rib = K 2/P 2 for 8 cm. Switch to double pointed needles size 4 mm and K 1 round while at the same time dec 2-2-6-4-4-2 sts evenly = 54-54-54-60-60-66 sts. Insert a marker mid under sleeve. Then work diagram M.1 upwards.
At the same time when piece measures 10-10-10-12-12-12 cm, inc 1 st on each side of marker mid under sleeve. Repeat inc every 10-7-6-5-4-4 rounds a total of 9-12-15-15-18-18 times = 72-78-84-90-96-102 sts – work the inc sts gradually in pattern.
When piece measures approx. 41-41-41-40-40-40 cm, inc should be done (adjust after 1 whole repetition of diagram M.1), work diagram M.2 – AT THE SAME TIME on last round of diagram M.2, cast off 8 sts mid under sleeve (i.e. 4 sts on each side of marker) = 64-70-76-82-88-94 sts remain on needle. Now piece measures approx. 48-48-48-47-47-47 cm. Put piece aside and knit another sleeve.
Slip sleeves on to same circular needle as body where armholes were cast off = 299-329-359-389-425-461 sts. Insert 1 marker in all transitions between sleeves and body (= 4 markers). Continue with diagram M.3 with 1 edge st in each side as before – AT THE SAME TIME on 1st row (= WS), dec 4 sts evenly = 295-325-355-385-421-457 sts. On next row (= RS), beg dec for RAGLAN – see explanation above. Repeat dec on every other row a total of 25 times for all sizes and then on every row: 0-3-6-9-12-15 times. AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 54-56-58-60-62-64 cm, work next row as follows: Work 8-9-10-11-12-13 sts and slip them on 1 stitch holder, work until 8-9-10-11-12-13 sts remain in the other side, slip these on 1 stitch holder (without working them first). Turn piece, then cast off for neck at beg of every row in each side: 2 sts 2 times and then 1 st in each side until dec for raglan has been worked. After all dec for raglan and neck approx. 65 to 97 sts remain on needle and piece measures approx. 64-66-68-70-72-74 cm up to shoulder.
Switch to circular needle size 3 mm. Knit up approx. 16-23 sts on each side mid front of neck (incl sts on stitch holders) = approx. 97-143 sts. K 1 row from WS while at the same time adjusting no of sts to 96-100-104-108-112-116. Continue with rib as follows (seen from RS): 1 edge st which is worked K on all rows, * K 2, P 2 *, repeat from *-* and finish with K 2 and 1 edge st which is worked K on all rows. When neck edge measures approx. 3 cm, cast off with K over K and P over P.
Sew the openings under the sleeves tog.
LEFT FRONT BAND:
Knit up (from RS) approx. 120 to 146 sts inside edge st along left front piece on needle size 3 mm with black. K 1 row from WS while at the same time inc evenly to 148-156-164-172-180-188 sts. Then work rib as follows (seen from RS): 1 edge st which is worked K on all rows, * K 2, P 2 *, repeat from *-* and finish with K 2 and 1 edge st which is worked K on all rows. When band measures approx. 4 cm, cast off with K over K and P over P.
RIGHT FRONT BAND:
Work as left front band, but cast off for 10 button holes evenly after 2 cm. 1 button hole = cast off 1 st, on next row cast on 1 new st over the cast off st. Upper button hole should be approx. 1½ cm from the top, and bottom hole approx. 3 cm from bottom edge.
Sew on buttons.
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