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GARTER ST (back and forth):
K all rows. 1 ridge = 2 rows K.
See diagrams A.1 and A.2. Work entire pattern in stocking st. Repeat A.1 up to armhole on body.
KNITTING TIP 1 (applies to bands):
On the needles where there are either stripes or pattern border work the colour in the stripes or the base colour of pattern border also over the 5 band sts in each side.
DECREASE TIP (applies to sides of body):
All dec are done from RS!
Beg 4 sts before marker and work as follows: K 2 tog, K 4 (marker is between these 4 sts), slip 1 st as if to K, K 1, psso (= 2 sts dec).
INCREASE TIP (applies to sides of body):
All inc are done from RS.
Beg 2 sts before marker and work as follows: 1 YO, K 4, 1 YO (= 2 sts inc). On next row P YO twisted to avoid holes.
Dec for buttonholes on right band. 1 buttonhole = K tog third and fourth st from edge and make 1 YO.
Dec for buttonholes when piece measures:
SIZE S: 2, 11, 20, 29, 38, 46 and 54 cm
SIZE M: 2, 11, 20, 29, 38, 47 and 56 cm
SIZE L: 2, 10, 18, 26, 34, 42, 50 and 58 cm
SIZE XL: 2, 11, 20, 28, 36, 44, 52 and 60 cm
SIZE XXL: 2, 9, 17, 24, 32, 39, 47, 54 and 62 cm
SIZE XXXL: 2, 10, 18, 26, 34, 42, 50, 57 and 64 cm
KNITTING TIP 2:
To avoid the knitting tension to tighten when working pattern, it is important not to tighten the strands on back side of piece. Switch to a higher needle no when working pattern if the pattern is somewhat tight.
Worked back and forth on circular needle from mid front.
Cast on 232-252-272-296-332-360 sts (incl 5 band sts in each side towards mid front) on circular needle size 3 mm with silver pink. P 1 row from WS. Then work rib (= K 2/P 2) with 5 band sts in GARTER ST – see explanation above and 2 K in each side towards mid front (seen from RS). When rib measures 4 cm, K 1 row from RS while at the same time dec 45-49-53-57-65-69 sts evenly (do not dec over bands) = 187-203-219-239-267-291 sts. Switch to circular needle size 4 mm and work in stocking st and pattern according to diagram A.1 (1st row = WS), but continue the 5 band sts in each side towards mid front in garter st until finished measurements – READ KNITTING TIP 1. REMEMBER THE KNITTING TENSION and remember BUTTONHOLES on right band - see explanation above.
When piece measures 8 cm in all sizes, insert 2 markers 49-53-57-62-69-75 sts in from each side = 89-97-105-115-129-141 sts between markers on back piece. On next row from RS, dec 1 st on each side of both markers - READ DECREASE TIP (= 4 sts dec). Repeat dec every 3-3-3-3-4½-4½ cm 4-4-4-4-3-3 times in total in each side = 171-187-203-223-255-279 sts - NOTE: Adjust to dec on a row with silver pink.
When piece measures 22-22-23-23-23-23 cm, inc 1 st on each side of both markers – READ INCREASE TIP (= 4 sts inc). Repeat inc every 3½-3½-4-4-6-6 cm a total of 4-4-4-4-3-3 times = 187-203-219-239-267-291 sts.
When piece measures approx. 37-38-39-40-41-42 cm, adjust so that 1 or 2 rows with silver pink have been worked after 1 row with dots and so that last row is worked from WS, work next row as follows from RS: Work 45-49-53-57-64-70 sts (= right front piece), cast off 8-8-8-10-10-10 sts for armhole, work 81-89-97-105-119-131 sts (= back piece), cast off 8-8-8-10-10-10 sts for armhole and work the remaining 45-49-53-57-64-70 sts (= left front piece). Put piece aside and knit the sleeves.
Worked in the round on double pointed needles.
Cast on 88-92-96-100-104-108 sts on circular needle size 3 mm with silver pink. K 1 round, then work rib = K 2/P 2. When rib measures 3 cm, K 1 round while dec 18-18-20-20-22-22 sts evenly = 70-74-76-80-82-86 sts on row. Switch to double pointed needle size 4 mm and K 1 round while casting off the middle 8-8-8-10-10-10 sts mid under sleeve = 62-66-68-70-72-76 sts remain on needle. Put piece aside and knit another sleeve.
Slip sleeves on to same circular needle size 4 mm as body where armholes were cast off (without working them first) = 295-319-339-359-391-423 sts on needle. P 1 row from WS with silver pink(continue bands in garter st) while dec 8-8-10-12-14-16 sts evenly (do not dec over bands) = 287-311-329-347-377-407 sts - remember KNITTING TIP 1 and read KNITTING TIP 2.
Work next row as follows from RS: Work 5 band sts as before, work pattern according to diagram A.2 until 6 sts remain on row (choose diagram for correct size and beg on row marked with arrow in diagram for correct size), work first st in A.2 (so that pattern beg and ends the same way in each side towards mid front) and finish with 5 band sts in garter st as before. Continue pattern like this.
AT THE SAME TIME on row marked with arrow 1 in diagram dec 36-40-42-48-50-56 sts evenly (do not dec over bands ) = 251-271-287-299-327-351 sts on needle. Continue pattern.
On row marked with arrow 2 in diagram dec 40-40-44-48-52-56 sts evenly (do not dec over bands ) = 211-231-243-251-275-295 sts on needle.
On row marked with arrow 3 in diagram dec 40-44-44-52-52-60 sts evenly (do not dec over bands ) = 171-187-199-199-223-235 sts on needle.
On row marked with arrow 4 in diagram dec 48-60-60-60-64-68 sts evenly (do not dec over bands ) = 123-127-139-139-159-167 sts on needle.
When A.2 has been worked, piece measures approx. 53-55-57-59-61-63 cm up to shoulder.
ELEVATION IN BACK OF NECK:
For better shape work an elevation in the back of neck as follows: Insert 1 marker mid back. Beg from RS with silver pink and K 12-12-14-14-15-15 sts past marker, turn, tighten yarn and P 24-24-28-28-30-30 sts back. Turn, tighten yarn and K 36-36-40-40-44-44 sts, turn, tighten yarn and P 48-48-52-52-58-58 sts back. Turn, tighten yarn and K 60-60-64-64-72-72 sts, turn, tighten yarn and P 72-72-76-76-86-86 sts back. Turn, tighten yarn and K 84-84-88-88-100-100 sts, turn, tighten yarn and P 96-96-100-100-114-114 sts back. Turn and K the rest of the row.
Switch to circular needle size 3 mm and P 1 row from WS (continue bands in garter st) while dec 27-31-31-31-43-51 sts evenly (do not dec over band sts) = 96-96-108-108-116-116 sts. Work rib (= K 2/P 2) with 5 band sts in garter st and 2 K in each side towards mid front (seen from RS) - NOTE: Dec for last buttonhole on right band when neck edge measures approx. 1½-2 cm. When rib measures 3 cm, cast off with K over K and P over P in rib and K over sts in garter st on band.
Jacket measures approx. 56-58-60-62-64-66 cm up to shoulder.
Sew the openings under the sleeves. Sew on buttons.
See DROPS 165-5 or "Related patterns" in pattern on website.
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